When it comes to how, what and when you eat, the majority of us have picked up some practices that are only doing damage to our overall health, all while completely throwing us off-course from our better body goals. If you’re ready to finally feel confident in that bikini and enjoy all the perks that go along with feeding your body right, then ditch the following practices right now.
- Always choosing the Fat Free option. Fat has become the main villain in our cast of food component characters. And yet, fat itself does not make you fat. (What does? To put it simply, overeating and unbalanced diets.) Brace yourself for the most important piece of information here: You need fat. Yes, NEED. Healthy fats are essential in your diet for growth development and certain cell functions. Your brain contains nerves that are wrapped in a material that is made up of essential fats. Another important role that fat plays is assisting in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K). Focus on adding monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats into your diet, while limiting saturated and trans fats.
- Eating an excess of processed foods. When you focus on whole foods (basically, stuff that doesn’t come in a box and have a bunch of ingredients you can’t pronounce listed on it), you are nourishing your body with vitamins, minerals and nutrients that it needs in order to function properly. You also usually get more satisfaction from this type of diet and have less of a tendency to still be hungry, (which can then lead to overeating and more than likely, excess weight). “Diet” foods that are calorie-controlled, sugar-free and fat-free can be culprits for causing hormone imbalance. So forget counting calories and restricting yourself to labeled boxes. Focus on real (whole) food.
- “Forgetting” to eat. Your life is busy. You wear a bunch of different hats and you feel like you need to be the Energizer Bunny from the moment you roll out of bed in the morning til the moment you collapse right back into it at night. Guess what! Not taking the time out to eat proper meals is going to backfire on all of your plans to stay busy and productive. It also isn’t going to sit well with your desire to stay slim and toned. Not eating enough can slow down your metabolism and though you may think you should be losing weight because you’re not taking in very many calories, your body makes up for the missing fuel. It ends up burning your stored fuel (fat!) at a slower pace. Throw in the unavoidable truth that you will end up overindulging once you finally do stop and eat and you simply have a recipe for disaster. Do yourself a favor and stop skipping meals. You absolutely need to eat more than once or twice a day.
There’s no need to freak out if any of these actions are part of your regular routine. You are not the only one. Changing habits takes time and consistency. Tackle them one at a time so that you do not feel overwhelmed. Try to avoid processed and diet foods at all costs for 30 days, without worrying about any other diet-related goals and when that month is over, you’ll be feeling and looking fabulous, my friend! Once you’ve conquered one ugly habit, you will be empowered and feel confident about dealing with the rest.
Breaking free of routines that do not serve your health is an essential part of becoming your vibrant, beautiful and renewed you. Are you ready to put together a unique plan to get real results that fits easily into your busy schedule? Book your complimentary Health Coaching consultation today so that you can stop waiting on and wishing for your transformation.