Read on to find out what critical mistakes you might be making that could be sabotaging your results and keeping you from achieving the body you truly desire and the ultimate feeling of being healthy & fit!
Often times we receive emails or phone calls from frustrated Pearland and Houston residents because they just can’t seem to lose weight and keep it off. They tell me they are eating better and exercising some. “So why can’t I lose weight?” they ask.
Do you want to know what I tell them? I explain that it does take more than just eating better and exercising sometimes. If it were easy and simple everyone would be healthy and slim. But, I explain, if you have a plan and know a few important secrets then you will be armed for success!
Here is Your Fool-Proof Eating Plan (some valuable tips included!)
1. Always, always eat a healthy breakfast. This is your most important meal of the day! Breakfast gets your metabolism going and gives you the energy you need to take on the day. Studies show that if you eat breakfast, you are much less likely to overeat the rest of the day. Just make sure your breakfast is a balance of complex carbs and protein. Also be sure and take a good quality multi-vitamin.
2. Be a grazer not a binger. Eating often helps keep your blood sugars stable, energy levels high, and your body stays in fat-burning mode all day long.
Most people are fooled into thinking that in order to lose weight you should eat as little as possible. That idea couldn’t be more wrong. The problem with going an extended period of time without eating is simple: your body thinks you are starving so it shuts down to conserve energy and holds onto its energy source, which is fat! If you were to lose any weight initially it is water and muscle- the exact opposite of what you want.
Your goal is to eat more often, not necessarily more calories. Just make sure your meals and snacks are balanced with complex carbs, lean quality protein and fiber. Plan ahead and keeping a food log is also a great way to help stay on track.
3. Drink lots of water. Yes, I know that you’ve heard this over and over again. But there’s a reason for that – it’s the gospel truth! The health benefits of drinking plenty of water are endless.
Drinking water helps keep your liver doing what it is supposed to be doing, metabolizing food products.
Staying hydrated helps keep you filling full so you won’t tend to overeat. Keeping your body hydrated will also help to make sure your activity performance doesn’t decrease which will happen if you are dehydrated.
The recommended amount is approximately .55 ounces per pound of body weight, of water every day. When you are exercising, you need to drink even more. Here’s a good rule of thumb: if you’re urine is a dark yellow and/or has a strong odor, you’re not drinking enough water.
4. Drink a post-workout shake after an intense workout. Proper post workout nutrition dramatically speeds up the recovery process. It will reduce soreness, maximize the release of key hormones and allow your body to maximize the rebuilding process of muscle and burn fat. This will allow you to recover quicker and more efficiently and ensure you faster results.
I encourage you to remember these four powerful nutrition secrets and follow them and you WILL begin to notice a difference in your body and how you feel.