It’s that you need to eat less.
It’s the worst piece of advice ever because who wants to eat less?
Who wants to feel hungry and deprived while trying to be healthier?
No one that I know of.
I don’t know about you but I absolutely love food and I feel that eating is one of the most immensely pleasurable experiences in our life.
Who says personal trainers don’t like food? In fact, I believe that we love food more than the average person because our diets are so healthy that when we do indulge we enjoy it so much more.
Have you seen me scrape the plate and clean off the fork while finishing off piece of tiramisu?! The plate sparkles afterwards! 😉
As much as we want to trim our waistline and look more toned our tendency for another serving of food will always win out.
When you’re trying to lose weight it’s always like a fight between eating that cupcake and feeling happy now or thinking about it all day and denying ourselves so we’re unhappy about it.
My philosophy is that you can eat MORE food and still lose weight.
Yes, the word more is not a typo!! Because losing weight is not about food but about calories.
Your body registers calories as a source of energy. If you overfeed yourself in too much energy you will gain weight and likewise eating less calories or energy will cause you to lose weight.
So you can totally eat MORE food, feel more SATISFIED, and not experience any hunger or deprivation while at the same time lose weight.
The trick here is to eat higher quality foods that look like food.
I’m talking about the vegetables and fruits you see in the produce stands, the lean cuts of meat behind the glass counter at the grocery stores, and the complex carbs in the bulk section.
Seriously, you will find that the healthier you eat the more you can eat because healthier, nutrient dense foods doesn’t contain lots of fats, sugars, and salt in them. They aren’t processed and already broken down for you. Eating healthier will make you feel fuller and healthier foods naturally have less calories.
And remember it’s not about eating less food but eating less calories.
Take a look at the comparison chart below,
(Photo Credit: IG Daily Muscle)
It’s comparing the calories of the SAME AMOUNT of different types of foods – processed versus non-processed.
Do you think you could eat a granola’s worth of calories from eating broccoli? You would need to eat 15X more broccoli to get the same amount of calories from granola!!
I sure can’t!
But eating broccoli will keep you fuller than eating a bowl of granola. You actually need to chew and break down the fiber versus the granola is already easily digested and loaded with sugar.
Take a look at your diet. What can you improve upon and substitute so that you eat more real, healthy foods that have less calories?
>>>You can swap out your protein or granola bar for a handful of nuts or a cup of high protein yogurt instead.
>>>Instead of that bagel for breakfast scramble up a couple of eggs with smoked salmon and add a banana or avocado to it.
>>>Swap out the white rice on your take out lunch for a small salad and skip the bread roll.
With the right choices you don’t have to be hungry or feel deprived on a diet. We negatively associate losing weight with hunger, restriction, and deprivation but it doesn’t have to be that way.
I say eat more, feel satisfied, and still get results! It’s about making better, more healthier choices not about eating less.