"I'm exercising & eating well. Why aren't I losing weight?!"
Many times we believe we are participating in healthy practices, but if we aren't seeing the results check in to see if you are doing some of these things:
1. Cutting Out Carbs
I see it all too often that we continue to see carbohydrates as a weight/fat gainer. While, yes this can be true, (especially if you are excessively ingesting refined carbohydrates such as doughnuts, chips, white bread, or pretty much anything that has a high shelf life that comes in package!) staying away from carbs will not, I repeat WILL NOT MAKE US FAT. The key is to eat quality unrefined, complex carbs in appropriate portions to give our bodies the necessary energy to build lean muscle (muscle helps lose fat but we’ll get to that later).
Many fad diets or crash dieting call for excessive calorie and carb restriction which have drastic consequences such as:
Many of us have a love/hate relationship with food. We love food because it tastes so good. It brings us so much pleasure. But on the other hand it also causes us a lot of mental and emotional stress with how it shapes our bodies. Especially, when we overeat or binge on unhealthy foods causing us to gain excess weight.
Usually at this point we try to find the next quick fix: "What superfood will help me lose weight?" "What new diet trend can help me detox in a week?" All of which can be beneficial because it requires some research and trial and error, but let’s consider here that we generally know how to eat healthy. Things like drinking plenty of water, eating copious amounts of vegetables, limiting refined carbohydrates, and eating lean protein sources. Many of us know, to some degree, of what to consume and how to eat healthy.
That is not the issue.
The issue is how do we create discipline in order to make healthy decisions a consistent HABIT?
Here’s a technique to develop discipline to create positive habits: