Thursday, March 16, 2017

Be MORE, not less. Dieting is not the answer!

It's not a diet, its a lifestyle. I am sure you have heard this many times before. It really is as simple as eating foods that are not processed and whole ( meaning 1 ingredient ). Fresh, natural whole foods provide us with an abundance of nutrients your body uses to stay healthy and fit.
It's smart to included fruits and veggies in your meals to deliver an abundance of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants and phytonutrients that help us metabolize your food, fight off disease, regulate your hormones and supply your body with energy.
Plant foods help fill in all the micronutrients that your body needs. You should aim for 5-7 servings of each fruits and veggies per day to meet your micronutrient requirements. You should also include eating a high-quality proteins over the course of the day.
Protein delivers a source of aminos needed to build and maintain lean muscle and keep us strong. Also make sure you eat healthy fats from natural sources such as olives, avocadoes, whole eggs, seeds and nuts help aid in hormonal balance, while also helping stimulate metabolism.
This is just a few reasons why eating whole foods is the key to your success. If you can stick to the perimeter of the grocery store. you can fill your cart with a ton of healthy options to get you started. Below are some other helpful tips !
-Overeating is still overeating no matter if they are from good sources or not ! Inversely, remember that diets with too much calorie restriction can also work against you, resulting in muscle losses, weight loss and muscle building plateaus and metabolic slow down. Instead of thinking of 'dieting' think of something you can sustain for a long period of time. If you learn how to be somewhat flexible in your approach, your outcome will be long term and not just a few short weeks.
-Eat smaller meals and they don't have to be at certain times either. Know that your body has many hormones to regulate. If you have a constant flow of energy going through your body, you can utilize that for more movement. Eating too infrequently can lead to drops in blood sugar, and result in cravings and hunger. Starving yourself only sets you up for a binge in the future hours.
-Do not try to cut foods out unless you have a metabolic or condition that requires you to. Not one of the macros ( protein, carbs or fats) make you fat. I repeat, carbs and fats are not the enemy. Make sure you are including things from a wide variety of food groups and colors. Why not eat foods that are good for your body and that fill your metabolism with macronutrients through fresh fruits and veggies.
-There is no magic pill. There is no magic diet. Remeber this when you see the next fad diet pop up. Losing weight fast is not healthy. Ensuring you are preparing your metabolism for weight loss is important. Learn your body and find out what works for you! Not everyone responds to food the same way and you should learn what macros work best. For me, fat is my number one energy source because my body digests it well. For you, maybe carbs are your go to source ! Do what works with your body!
Stay tuned to get help with my 8 week training and nutrition program. All it takes is 21 days to create a habit. Are you willing to work hard with me for 8 weeks to make it a lifestyle?


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