I can hear the haters now.. Oh my ‘lanta she has lost her mind. She wants me to eat more and workout less? She has legit taken a swan dive off of the cliff”. Okay well, that’s fine. People have said worse things about me. But before you totally write me off, hear me out.
What I’m about to tell you is not something I just thought of off of the top of my head and thought it’d make a good “click bait” post. It’s legit information that helped me lose over 60 pounds, and has helped my clients lose weight and get stronger.
Why? Because it WORKS. Yes, it really does. I’m proof, I have clients that are proof, and there are many others in this world that are proof.
As we all know I’m not a nutritionist, right? So this information is what has worked for me, and what I’ve learned over the years of trial and error!
Let’s get into the meat of this, shall we?
For starters, when I say eat more, I mean eat more real food. Yes, you should eat less garbage. But on that same token, you should eat more real food.
There is a big craze going around right now. Well, actually two big crazes; one is the Keto Diet and one is the Intermittent Fasting. Both, I personally hate. If you don’t want to take my word for it, maybe the word of a nutritionist and a friend with her Masters in nutrition might convince you.
The nutritionist I asked said “intermittent fasting can cause you more harm than good due to it causing your metabolism to change and not for the better”, and my friend with her Master’s said that the Keto Diet can also cause more harm than good because of the deprivation of certain nutrients.
Let’s talk about intermittent fasting. What intermittent fasting is, is honestly a very fancy way of saying that you don’t eat.
Basically you go so many hours without eating, then you eat again. I’ve talked to girls that have done intermittent fasting and to be clear they did lose weight. But they were starving.
Intermittent fasting can really hurt your metabolism and it can cause harm in the long run. Especially if you are working out and training. Your body must must MUST have those good calories and nutrients to refuel.
I’ll be honest, when I began my weight loss journey almost two years ago, I considered intermittent fasting. But, I knew better and changed my mind before I started it. I knew of girls that had done it and then later regretted it because their metabolism had slowed way down.
Getting to the good stuff. Let’s eat more!
I am a firm believer in eating more of the right foods to lose weight. Let’s talk about how that works.
Eat When You’re Hungry, Don’t When You’re Not
It’s truly that simple. When I was working on losing my weight and getting stronger and healthier after a medically dangerous pregnancy, I briefly considered intermittent fasting. But then I changed my mind and I told myself I would not do any crazy extreme diets or weird drinks or anything like that.
I was going to eat real food, run, and workout. Not only that, I promised that I would make small, healthy decisions every day that moved me toward my goal and re-establish the healthy habits that I had lost.
It worked. When I was hungry, I ate. And when I wasn’t hungry, I didn’t eat. I found that this method actually made me even hungrier because I was working out and my metabolism was coming back into the normal range.
Eat Carbs & Good Fats
Oh yeah, I said it. Eat those carbs and fats. Am I talking about potato chips and empty carbs? Nope. But good, complex carbs are used for energy for your workouts, and for everyday living! Plus, people get cranky without carbs. That’s not just me being snarky. It’s totally true! People turn into butt heads without carbs because their blood sugar is low.
Good fats are things like avocado, olive oil, nuts and seeds. Your body needs good fats for a few reasons. Fats are good brain foods and your body needs to know how to burn those good fats to be able to burn fat to lose weight. It’s that simple.
Eat Protein Post Workout
No, I’m not talking about a protein shake. Although, if you want to drink a protein shake, that’s up to you! I drink protein after my workouts because it’s a great way to start the replenishing process to your muscles and to your entire body.
Within two hours of a workout I eat a full balanced meal of meat, veggies, complex carb, and fruit. That’s a lot of food right? But, this is everything my body needs to be replenished and to not go into ‘survival mode’.
Here’s what I mean. I love ice cream, and I’m not ashamed of it. Do I eat ice cream every day? Of course not. But at the beginning of my journey of returning to healthy living, I allowed myself a scoop or two of ice cream once or twice a week.
With this method, I now no longer crave it and to be honest, I don’t want it as much anymore. In the past I had tried to “quit cold turkey” and it always ended up with an over indulgence. With the quit cold turkey method like a lot of girls do, it can almost set you up for failure which in turn sets you up for discouragement.
A book that I recommend about learning balance and how to make those small decisions every day that lead up to big results is Mini Habits for Weight Loss.
5. Workout less
Yep, workout less.
Calm down with the gym and running 800 miles a week. Your body must have rest days. If your body doesn’t have rest days, then the muscles don’t have time to rebuild and your body can’t recover.
Even though I have reached my weight loss goal, I still have goals about getting stronger, and other things of that sort. Some weeks I workout 4 days, other weeks I workout five. When I was working out 6 days a week, my body actually started breaking down. I got sick, my results seemed to come to a screeching halt.
When I took a full week off, and started back on 4 days a week and sometimes 5 days, my results picked right back up.
Same goes with my clients, those that grab custom plans and those that grab instant downloads, I have at least 2 days of rest built in. Your body MUST have it.
Treat your body well and it will treat you well.
Weight Loss Journey – Small is the New Big
Extreme diets are never the answer. I’ve seen too many girls dive head first into an extreme diet and a crazy hard workout regimen and within two weeks they’re burnt out.
Why do you think that New Year’s Fitness Resolutions never stick? Because they’re too hard. Making too many changes all at once is overwhelming!
Same goes with your food. Eat when you’re hungry, don’t when you’re not. Have good healthy snacks ready so that when you’re hungry, you are one step ahead of the hunger pains which can lead to being willing to eat about anything.
When you’re working out to lose weight, your workouts are going to be tough. Which requires more food! Your body must refuel!
Lots of girls have come to me at plateaus and wondered why they’ve plateaued. A lot of times, it’s because they aren’t eating enough to replenish what they’ve burnt off and their body goes into survival mode. I’m dead serious!
Again, let’s be clear.
Your snacks and meals should be healthy and balanced. I’m talking meats, veggies, complex carbs, nuts, fruits.
Healthy eating is not boring nor is it tasteless. Eat because you love yourself and because you’re ready to fuel your body. You can do this! Don’t try to fix everything all at once.
Small decisions lead to big results.
Never, ever be afraid to eat.
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