If you aren’t seeing results by now, there may be some barriers that haven’t been brought to your attention. Sometimes the simple steps to maintain a healthy body can start to slide, even when we think we are eating healthy. Frustrating, isn’t it? If you are having a difficult time with permanent success, one (or more) of the following may be the culprit:
LACK OF NON-STARCHY VEGETABLES
You need to increase those green, non-starchy vegetables! Why? They support your body by providing necessary vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They also work to naturally detoxify the body. A toxic body is a fat storing machine! Non-starchy vegetables also have the added benefit of fiber, keeping things moving nicely and filling you up! Neglecting vegetables usually means you are overloading on starchy carbs.
PLAN YOUR MEALS AROUND VEGETABLES INSTEAD OF ADDING THEM IN WHEN THEY SEEM TO WORK. PLAN YOUR VEGETABLE, PROTEIN AND CARBOHYDRATE TOGETHER.
TOO MUCH FRUIT
You’ve heard it, “Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables every day.” We have been told this for decades, but the problem with fruit is fructose because fructose is sugar. Excess sugar, particularly when consumed alone, can have a negative impact on health and weight loss goals.
TRY TO COMBINE FRUIT IN MEALS OR SNACKS, AND AVOID EXCEEDING 2 SERVINGS DAILY. ADDING A FAT TO YOUR FRUIT SUCH AS RAW ALMONDS WILL WORK TO STABILIZE YOUR BLOOD SUGAR.
Plain and simple, inadequate protein will slow your metabolism. Having the right amount of protein for your body will keep that metabolism going at least two hours after a meal. People who tend to eat protein sparingly are still convinced that meat is “bad” for you (a little education can correct this in a hurry!). The plate feels lonely with very little protein and likes to fill up with plenty of carbohydrates such as pasta, rice, potatoes, bread, etc.
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE 3-5 SERVINGS OF QUALITY PROTEIN DAILY — EGGS, CHICKEN, FISH, BEEF, PORK, QUALITY DELI MEAT AND PEPPERONI, GREEK YOGURT, COTTAGE CHEESE OR A GOOD PROTEIN POWDER!
AVOIDING HEALTHY FATS
Healthy fats are essential, and if carbs are your problem, fat needs to become your best friend! Fats create satiety and basically extend the “life” of your meal. When you skip them, your blood sugar will increase, you will be hungrier sooner, and the carb cravings begin again.
STOCK YOUR KITCHEN WITH HEALTHY FATS LIKE COCONUT OIL, OLIVE OIL, RAW NUTS AND SEEDS. EAT THEM AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEAL OR COMBINE THEM WITH OTHER FOODS TO GET THE MOST BENEFIT!
LACK OF WATER
You know you need to drink water! When other liquids become part of your day, sometimes the water intake slacks off. You may be suffering from chronic dehydration and not even know it. I’ve met many clients who have been suffering from this for years; not recognizing the damage it was doing. It’s such an immediate difference when you hydrate!
DIVIDE YOUR BODY WEIGHT IN HALF (POUNDS), AND THAT NUMBER WILL BE THE AMOUT OF WATER (IN OUNCES) THAT YOU SHOULD BE CONSUMING DAILY. **If your water intake is really low at the moment, work on increasing slowly!
EX: 160LBS/2 = 80
80oz = 10 cups daily
If you are having a hard time, start by addressing the above and make sure you seek support. You are probably already doing a lot of things right! Sometimes it just takes a little more, but change is possible. If you are a yo-yo dieter, you probably need to reset your metabolism sooner than later, because there is nothing permanent about starvation diets. Real food in the right combination for your unique body is always the best solution to quality health and weight management. As I’ve mentioned earlier, we can’t wait for the perfect conditions. Start now!