Diets do not work. There is no diet that can do what healthy eating does. Skip the diet. Just eat wholefoods. It’s not about restrictions; it’s about creating new habits and crowding out all the bad stuff. There is a good version of everything and a bad version of everything. Yes, there is a healthy version of chocolate! Check it out here.
I don’t believe in counting calories. I count nutrition, not calories. Counting calories becomes completely unnecessary when you simply eat wholefoods. The main reason counting calories doesn’t work is because it doesn’t take into account high fibre foods. High fibre foods will help keep you fuller for longer. Depending on your food choices, you can easily reach your calorie intake and still be starving! Not all calories are created equal. Also, counting calories is unsustainable in terms of health. ‘Diet’ and ‘low fat’ foods contain little nutritional value. So you end up sick, tired and want to binge because you are under nourished. Plus these ‘diet’ and ‘low fat’ foods are so processed that they are hard to digest as your body does not know what the hell they are. Sticking to a diet takes a lot of time, dedication and willpower. Eating should not be hard. We need to end our tortured relationships with food. If you want to lose weight and be healthy, vibrant and full of energy, it has to be easy enough to be a way of life, not some fad diet.
I would suggest removing anything processed, anything with ‘diet’, ‘low fat’, ‘sugar free’ or ‘natural’ written on the packet, refined sugar, refined grains and reduce meat and dairy intake (eat these a couple of times each week – not a couple of times per day). Swap these foods with fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans, legumes and pulses. Remember to eat fats though! Your body needs fats to balance hormones. Read more here. If you’re trying to lose weight, stick to 1 avocado each day.
I’m not going to tell you how to read food labels either. There’s no point when you’re eating unprocessed whole foods. A carrot doesn’t come with a label. If you do buy something with a label, read through the ingredients list. If you don’t know what something is or you can’t pronounce it, chances are your body won’t know what it is either, so avoid it. I avoid numbers, flours (wheat and soy especially), agave, artificial sweeteners sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Be careful, sugar and high fructose corn syrup often hide under the names of maltodextrin, dextrose, lactose, fructose, sucrose, glucose, maltose, basically anything that ends in ‘ose’, HFCS, rice syrup, malt syrup, sorbitol, evaporated cane juice and fruit juice concentrate.
Snacks should always contain protein. When you’re hungry or craving sweets it is actually your body asking for some fuel. Protein is our body’s fuel so when you get the 3pm sweet craving, eat some good quality protein. Nut based bliss balls are great.
How do you lose weight and stay healthy, vibrant and full of energy?