Month: November 2014

Eating Small Meals

Some people think there is a magic food that will help them lose weight and swear to only eat that food for a month. I don’t know about you, but I need variety in my life! I’ve always been a fan of eating small meals of food that I enjoy versus larger meals of food that I ehh do not really enjoy.

The saying holds true, “everything in moderation”. Even though if you do want to lose weight, you do need to up your vegetable intake and down your carb and sugar intake, it is healthy to  have a little bit of these things.

It only makes sense that if we cut our favorite foods completely, we will be in regret and hate the “diet” we are on. So, I say go ahead and indulge, just learn to stop. It is important to know which foods are better for you and which foods are not so good for you, this way you will have an easier time “stopping” on the not so good for you foods.

Reading books can be a powerful thing, and a great way to teach us some helpful hints on how to eat healthy. This book  Healthy Small Plates , will help you design delicious and healthy small plates that fit into your lifestyle!

A good rule of thumb to go by when designing your plate would be to make it colorful. Choosing a variety of color on your plate will entail that your plate is healthy (as long as the color is natural and not artificially colored). You also want to have some protein, starches and vegetables on every plate.

If you think you need more to eat, have a healthy snack two hours after your meal, this way you will not over indulge at meal time.

With the Holidays around the corner, you still want to keep the “small plate” mentality alive.

 

 

Exercise Won’t Replace Bad Eating Habits

Many people think to be healthier and lose weight they must hit the gym and exercise for many hours in a day. This is true to some point, however if you do not change you eating habits into healthier ones, you will never lose weight. If you continue to eat high sugary foods  that are highly processed then you will need to run an upwards of 4 miles a day just to burn off that one food. If you enjoy your “super sized” meals, you will need to run a marathon to work that off.

Another good point on eating healthy food would be healthier food will increase your energy giving your more energy to work out. Although we do need to exercise to live a healthier lifestyle, exercise alone is not the answer. In fact, expert nutritionists and personal trainers alike say that you should be following the 80-20 rule. That is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. Even a personal trainer that gets paid when people exercise wants you to be mindful of what you eat verses how hard you work out!

In fact, if you have not exercised in a long time (or ever), you should be starting your routine slow and not push too hard, this can cause injury. Yes, you do want to push yourself once you have been working out for awhile.

Focus on eating whole foods first, and adding a little exercise in everyday, like walking, swimming, yoga, zumba and then you will see results!!

While exercise alone can not help you lose weight, eating a healthy diet rich in real whole foods along with a exercise will lead you to a healthier lifestyle and you will be a slimmer you in no time!

Also stay away from that diet soda as well, read my previous blog here for more information on that.

Stay healthy my friends!! 🙂

Why I Won’t Drink Diet Soda

When someone is trying to lose weight, they think “oh, I’ll just switch to diet soda”, since its zero calories and sugar it can’t harm them, right? This could not be further from the truth!!

According to Dr. Hyman in his article “How Diet Soda Makes you Fat,” he mentions that diet soda actually increases your body fat vs. helping you shave pounds off!! And why is this true?

Well, if losing weight was really about counting the calories and staying within your “calorie” goal, then why do diet soda drinkers not lose weight and in fact gain weight? (Studies have proven this fact).

If you truly want to lose weight and be healthier, you should be eating WHOLE foods and not concerned about the calorie count. Sure, some foods may have higher calories than others, but that does not mean the “lower calorie” food is any better for you.

What makes us gain weight is SUGAR, not FAT.

People who are concerned with their weight also turn to eating “fat free” and foods that are “low fat”, this will also not help you with your weight loss goals. Since these fat free foods are replaced with more sugar and carbs, making it worse for your body and decreasing your metabolism.

Now, back to the original point on why diet soda will make you gain weight. It’s rather simple actually if you look at it, yet complex. Sounds confusing doesn’t it? Well, when you drink a diet soda, you are tricking your brain really. When you drink that diet soda, your brain thinks there is sugar coming in your body, and triggers your insulin to take effect. Since there is no sugar coming in your body your insulin shuts down, which can cause diabetes. It’s also been proven that diet soda will increase your risk of type 2 diabetes. Ironic when people who are diagnosed with diabetes turn to diet soda, this just makes it worse for them. Diet soda also decreases your metabolism. Just so many problems with diet soda, it should never be a substitute for “regular” soda. At least, not a healthy one, shame on the food industry and media for making people think otherwise!!

Dr. Hyman’s article

 

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