I eat SO healthy but I can't seem to lose weight....

July 30, 2013

This seems to be the mantra of society today... well what's healthy is my question?

A few things I'd like to point out..

1. How much are you eating?
This one is not our fault, we've been fooled by restaurants, fast food chains, and supermarkets into thinking these giant portions are ideal. Portion control is huge issue when trying to shed some extra pounds.  It doesn't matter how "healthy", if your over eating your body needs to store it somewhere.  Unless it's a bag of lettuce (which isn't what I suppose most people are crunching on) then the calories do add up. Are you eating what the restaurants consider a "normal" portion?  Choose smaller plates while dining at home that way your eyes aren't being deceived.  And fill up that bad boy with a colorful selection of goodies.... which leads me to my next point..

2. What is on your plate?
I always recommend  that half the plate be covered in veggies (especially greens) then add in some whole grains and protein.  What does that look like? How about a plate of sautéed broccoli, spinach, butternut squash and onion, with some wild black rice, quinoa and white cannellini beans.  If your breakfast consists of cereal or toast and your lunch consists of pasta and your dinner has a huge serving of rice, you may not be eating as healthy as you think (yes even if it's all whole wheat.) If it's colorful and its a veggie you can't go wrong. My advice is find the ones you like most and cook them the way you like.  Are you a sweets person? Then go for sweet vegetables, squashes, onions (when cooked), sweet potato... open your mouth and your taste buds to a world they have never been.

3. How often are you eating?
Eat 3 meals with snack in between, well thats been hammered into our brains by now.  However thats not necessarily the case for everyone, snacks are a great way of adding an extra 250-500 calories to your daily intake (depending on the snack of course).  100 calories pack, fiber one, protein bars.... my advice- stay away, there loaded with chemicals and artificial flavorings that your body doesn't need.  You want fiber, or close to under 100 calories? Choose snacks such as raw vegetables and hummus, almonds and an apple, peanut butter and a piece of fruit, kale chips, baby carrots, or green smoothies. There chock full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that money hungry companies can't conjure up in their labs.  Mother nature just can not be replicated.
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5 weight loss tips to live by:
1. Start your day with warm water and half of a lemon.  Aid your body in it's natural detoxification process first thing in the morning.
2. Eat more greens! Aim for some at every meal! (always choose organic)
3. Ditch the packaged overly processed goods with ingredients you can't pronounce.
4. Raw veggies! Awesome, easy, no brainer snack.  Pair it with a nut butter or some hummus.
5. Quit the sugar addiction. Opt for fruits, sweeter veggies, fruit flavored water, or teas throughout the day to help curb that nasty craving.
6. (An extra one, I lied) Ditch the dairy!!! Opt for almond, rice, or hemp milk instead.  Choose cheeses that are less processed (ie. feta, goat).  Skip the yogurt and choose a brand such as So Delicious instead.

P.S I didn't mention it above, but to see any budge in the scale you need to add an exercise to you daily routine.  Find a way to sweat that you enjoy, and make it just as important as consuming greens in your diet. Aim for at least 3 days a week, even if you can only squeeze in 30 minutes.. it all adds up!