Did you know that the most successful way to lose weight is through healthy diet and exercise? A common misunderstanding about dieting is that some people think not eating to lose weight is effective (for example skipping meals, or developing an eating disorder though a person with an eating disorder usually won’t admit it). And short-term it can seem effective, but it is actually doing you more harm than good. Although you are cutting calories, you are actually forcing your body into a starvation mode where it slows your metabolism down and forces your body to survive on itself. This means your body is eating away at the storage it has (like fat and muscle) over time. Some of the long-term effects of this can be everything from weak or fragile bones and muscles, to cognitive issues, to even problems with major organs such as heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, etc. Not to mention a poor diet can cause depression, poor skin conditions, hair loss, a decrease in your sex drive, just to name a few.
The body requires what we call key nutrients for survival. This is why your diet is made up of macro nutrients (fats, carbs and proteins) and then essential and non-essential vitamins and minerals. Proper eating can be hard, but over time your body can adjust to healthy changes. Typically when I take on a new client, the first thing I ask for is a food journal. I ask all clients to make a food journal for one week and to be honest. Log everything they eat or drink and at what time of the day so that I can see how their diet looks. By being honest, not only does it hold my client accountable and make them realize what they are putting into their bodies, but it will allow me to recommend small changes to their diet so the body can adapt more easily rather than write-up a brand new diet plan from scratch, that can send the body into shock and cause cravings or binge eating after a short time. Small changes to the diet, sometimes even just changing the times at which a person eats certain foods, can create a change in the way their body uses or stores that foods key nutrients for nourishment or for energy or whether it stores it as fat.
This is another reason why I love all these apps like loseit, or myfitnesspal. Because it works like a food journal and really makes you think about what you are eating on a daily basis.
A food scale you can buy for like $10 at a store like Target or Wal-Mart. So if you feel like your not sure what 4 or 6 ounces of chicken or sweet potato looks like, invest in one!
I guess what I am getting at with my post today is- “you get out what you put in”- so nourish and love your body. Treat it to good, healthy foods that are packed with delicious flavor and key nutrients for optimal health, and watch how it affects your focus, mood and energy levels. Because it truly is amazing!
Here are a few articles on some foods that can help boost that metabolism! Thanks for reading my blog, and Enjoy 🙂