Thursday, August 17, 2017

Why you should think about tracking your food!

Even if you are eating healthy, you can still gain weight. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. It can be frustrating because you may feel like you’re doing everything right but not seeing the results you want and expect. I see this all the time when working with clients, They are eating all healthy foods like lean meats, whole foods, veggies, fruits and fats so what is going wrong?
There are so many "diet" ideas out there, I can't blame you for not knowing what to do. I even get confused and frustrated when I feel like I am doing everything right. Yet, there are some key little things that add up over time that are holding you back.
Do you know what the number one issue is? Not tracking calories or what you are eating. It’s easy to overeat indulgent foods and snack foods since they have an addictive quality; they’re comforting and taste so good that it’s difficult to limit yourself. These foods are calorie-dense, so you’d have to eat a lot before actually feeling full adding hundreds of calories to your day without realizing it. One of the biggest offenders, trail mix/ dried fruits and nuts.
When you start eating healthier, it’s common to replace junk foods with nuts, nut butters, granola, grain crackers, and healthier dessert options. Although these foods can still be healthy, they’re calorie dense and can sabotage your weight management efforts.
Along with this issue is the problem if not balancing out your protein, carbs and fats. Having too many fats even healthy ones at every single meal can slow your weight-loss progress. Why?
Fats have 9 calories per gram which is 5 more than eating proteins and carbs. The best thing you can do is learn what your body works well with. Some people can tolerate more fats than others while some people can eat A LOT of carbs and nothing happens. How do you find this out? Trial and error !
Volume eating is my trick! Shhhhh, yes it's the secret to feeling full even when in a deficit. The key is to add volume veggies like zucchini, cucumber, spinach and other water based veggies with half your plate. The fiber and water content will fill you up while other more satiating components like fat, carbohydrates, and protein will help you feel satisfied.
The last thing to consider is eliminating processed foods and eating more whole foods that are not processed. Common examples are protein bars, trail mix, granola, pre-made hummus, breads, and baked goods. It’s best to make your own whenever possible because that way, you can control not only the quality of ingredients but the proportions.
Eating healthy can help you lose weight, maintain your ideal weight, and improve your overall health and well-being. But to be successful with it long-term, balance is just as important. Balance is the trick to consistently eating healthy without depriving yourself of the foods you love.

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