Are You Unintentionally Destroying All Your Health & Weight Loss Gains???
July 16, 2014
Are You Unintentionally Destroying All Your Health & Weight Loss Gains??
Have you noticed how many different diet programs , nutritional experts and health coaches are out there saying that there way is the best?
Low carb is the best - no paleo is better - no low fat - no take this pill Dr Oz says it's great. It's crazy and we go into information overload - see the pic above - and we either give up or try one of these fads with the hope of looking like the "HOT" model who is selling it.
I believe that most of these most of these fad diets/pills will help you lose weight at least in the short term but I question whether they will teach you and give you the tools you need to live a healthy lifestyle for the rest of your life?
I mean do you want to continue buying pills for the rest of your life?? or do you want to continue to go on a new diet every year?? Doesn't it make more sense to learn how to do it and then live it every day??
I've coached hundreds of people on clean and healthy eating, Clean eating ( just so you know) is the way our grandparents and great grand parents ate - think back how people ate before TV dinners, fast food and all the proccessed foods we have today. Think we could that in 2014??
I bring up clean & healthy eating because even though it sounds pretty easy - it's one of the hardest things for some of my clients to get a handle on. People think are helping their efforts to be more healthy, but in truth they are just sabotaging their health.
So here is a list of things people do that are sabotaging their health & weight loss - this list is made with help of Elizabeth Rider(a leading nutritional expert) and the Sanoviv Medical Institute
Some of them might surprise you.
1. Believing there is one best way of eating for everyone.
Raw and vegan and Paleo!! Healthy & clean eating is a hot topic these days, and specific diet regimens are even hotter. "my way is the best"
But the truth is that that isn't one right way for everyone. Period. What works for your best friend may or may not work for you. Remember the old saying "everyone is made different"
This philosophy is know as bio-individuality, and the good news is that bio-individuality can be easily navigated. With the right tools, you can learn how to eat best for your body.
2. Thinking fat makes you fat.
This one came from poorly-conducted and poorly-reviewed research in the 1980s. The saddest part about this is that when fat was removed from the diet, the incidence of obesity skyrocketed.
Why? Because anything removed must be replaced, and fat was widely replaced with fillers in the form of hidden sugars - ever hear of HFCS?? The truth is - we need good fats!! A balance of good fats, good carbohydrates and healthy protein, to function at optimal levels and maintain a healthy weight. It's also true that in many cases, adding extra good fats into the diet actually help people lose weight. Love those avocados, salmon and nuts - right??
3. Not knowing where sugar hides.
To their detriment, most people assume that food has to taste sweet to contain sugar. Not true! Checkout the labels of things like ketchup, jarred pasta sauce, sandwich bread, low-fat dairy, low-fat crackers and my favorite "all natural" packaged food. Most of these have just as much or more sugar as a piece of cake! Sugar is the food industry's #1 tool to hook you onto their food. Don't fall victim to their schemes and learn the facts about hidden sugar and sweet alternatives. Why? Because fat doesn't make people fat, but sugar does.
4. Believing all calories are created equal.
Have you ever known someone who counts every single calorie that they put in their mouth, but still can't lose weight? And they've been doing it for 10-plus years? ARGH!!! . It's painful to watch, 1) because it doesn't work, and 2) because letting calories rule your life sounds sad and incredibly exhausting.
Here's a reality check: 100 calories of low-fat crackers does something very different to your body then say 100 calories of guacamole. And guess what, the low-fat crackers are ruining your health, while the guacamole could improve things drastically. A calorie is no longer just a calorie. Sugar is highly addictive. You may start to see health experts comparing it to nicotine addition in the coming years. That's just how addictive it really is. Learning how different calories affect your body can hugely improve your health, get rid of cravings, balance your weight and improve your mood.
5. Believing that you must eat only a certain way for the rest of your life
Just like there isn't one way of eating for everyone, there's most likely not one way of eating that will serve you for your entire life. As you age, grow and change, so should your eating habits.
6. Eating gluten-free and other "healthy" junk food.
I would never tell people to avoid packaged food altogether - it's nearly impossible to do , unrealistic and there actually are some healthy options out there.
But, and this is a big BUT, just because something is labeled gluten-free, organic, raw or some other health industry buzzword (like natural) doesn't make it healthy. Some of these packaged items are higher in sugar than a 20-ounce Coke. Learning to read ingredient labels is one of the best things you can do for your health.
7. Depriving yourself of your favorite foods.
The more you tell yourself not to eat something, the more you want it. Obsession can set in, and all of the sudden you've downed an entire pint of ice cream. Healthy eating isn't about deprivation or drastically changing every aspect of your lifestyle. It's about learning how to enjoy what you love in a healthy way. Ice cream is a good example. If you love it why not try a Gelato or a whole-fruit frozen sorbet?
Love chocolate? It's actually good for you, but the added sugar isn't. Most chocolate bars contain way too much sugar, so learning how to choose the right ones will allow you to enjoy the chocolate you love without detriment to your health.
You don't have to give up what you love to be healthy. Also, once you've learned how to control your blood sugar, you'll be surprised at what falls off of your favorite foods list, too.