I am eating healthy foods, why am I not losing weight??
This is one of the most common questions I get. And….a very good question. There is a plethora of information out there about healthy food. I think we all know that whole foods made by Mother Nature are the best for our bodies. We also know that boxed, canned and processed foods are not the greatest choices.
Your body is a complex chemistry set. It relies on numerous nutrients to run at peak performance and to keep you feeling your best. However, weight loss is mostly a numbers game. To lose weight, you need to take in fewer calories than your body needs. It doesn’t matter if those calories are “dirty” calories from chips and cookies or “clean” calories from farm raised beef and garden carrots.
Trust me when I say that you will feel SO much better eating clean as your body has a greater chance of getting the nutrition it needs and avoiding the garbage (read:chemicals) that it doesn’t. However, if your goal is to see that scale move, then you MUST pay attention to your caloric input too.
Yes, I know it’s a drag and not the magic bullet most people are looking for, but it’s the truth. That’s also why most people who frequent the gym don’t change much. They may see a loss or changes off the bat as their bodies adjust to the higher caloric output, but without a reduction in food calories, the loss won’t occur.
So what can you do?
I track my input ALL THE TIME. I count portions, instead of calories so it doesn’t take as much effort, but I account for everything i eat. It sounds a little OCD, but it’s really just keeping myself accountable. I know the days/weeks I don’t keep track, my pants get tighter in no time and I get grouchy!
Use a website or app like MyFitnessPal or SuperTracker to help you track food. Not only can you track your food with these helpful sites, but they will also tell you the numbers of calories and/or servings you should be eating in order to reach your goals.
It’s all about balancing your input and output. While I am a huge advocate of exercise, it is ultimately your diet that will get you to your goals.
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