Weight Loss is About What You Put into Your Body Not About What You Burn Off
You’ve probably heard the question, “What IS the best way to lose weight?” You’ve probably heard the answer, “Burn more calories than you put in.” What if I told you that’s not entirely accurate? I know what the fitness gurus, doctors and our government say, but what if it’s about what you put in, instead of what you burn off?
Exercise is great and necessary for overall health, but it doesn’t mean you will lose weight, especially if you eat junk. The key is eating right, eating healthy. Yo-yo dieting and poor food choices will take their toll on any healthy body. The types of foods you eat and your lean muscle mass have more to do with your metabolism than exercise.
You can take and go to hundreds of exercise classes, but gaining and losing weight has to do with what you put in. Too many carbohydrates and sugars and not enough good fats and protein can and will put your body into the “freak out” mode. Most carbohydrates we eat are genetically modified which makes them even worse.
The key to weight loss is all about changing your eating habits. You can cut out your favorite foods and go on a crash diet and exercise yourself into oblivion. It’s not going to do you any good when the diet is over and your cravings for junk come back in full force.
The key is substituting what you would normally eat with better foods. When you have a craving for sweets, eat fruit or Greek yogurt with fruit. Eat raw or lightly steamed veggies when you crave a crunch. Limit your carb intake and switch from white rice and flour to brown rice and non-GMO whole grains. Instead of soda or diet soda (the worst kind of soda you can possibly drink) drink water with some lemon or lime or even a dash of orange (from a real orange).
Look at the labels on the foods you buy. AVOID high fructose corn syrup like the plague as much as possible. Start cooking home made meals with fresh organic veggies and grass fed beef or truly free range chickens instead of boxed or fast foods. Add some fatty fish once or twice a week, just do your homework on mercury and contaminant levels first and be aware of where they come from.
Take a day and cook for the week if you are pressed for time. This past week I made lasagna from scratch, coleslaw, quinoa and barbeque and have organic cauliflower, broccoli, carrots and celery for sides.
Be creative! Eating healthy should be fun, not be a burden. When I make my lasagna sauce (as with anything I make) I use as many veggies as I can find and incorporate them into my food. This one had red, green and nappa cabbage, sweet, red and green onions, bok choy, carrots, celery, white, shitake and bella mushrooms, roasted red pepper, roasted and regular clove garlic, eggplant, pumpkin, spinach, and a few green peppers and “tons” of different herbs and spices. The kids love it and the taste is phenomenal.
You don’t have to make drastic changes right away. Start small and work your way up to the complete change. Keep exercising but remember it’s more about what you put in than what you burn off.
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