If you are looking to lose weight, gain muscle, perform better at activites you love, what you eat will come into play. When you eat, how much you eat, what you do not eat, are all real factors that should't be ignored. Problem is, most people end up focusing on numbers rather than simply looking to upgrade the quality of foods they already eat. I have seen lots people fail in attmepts at accomplishing their goal becuase of this. Measuring food, counting every calorie including mints, reading every label in the market, inputting everything in your new app, these habits are not normal. More important, these habits are not sustainable for life. That should be the end game. Being Fit and Healthy For Life!
There is way too much information and opinions out there on the subject of nutrition these days. If you go online and search weight loss, you will find that there are millions of opinions on the subject. Why is that? Money. There is a lot of cash being made by large and small supplement companies, book writers, and processed food companies. I do not place the blame on them. They are simply putting out products that Americans are hungry for. The point is the public really is becoming numb with information. These days an average person looking to drop a few pounds may try 5 different diets (even weird stuff like eating healthy donuts) and 10 different styles of exercise, in a 6 month period. Facebook, Instagram and other social media has not helped with all this. Everyone out there is an expert. If a girl looks good in yoga pants, other girls want to know what she is eating and how she works out. She then thinks, "I should start giving advice on nutrition and exercise, oh and upload my selfies." This misinformation leads to stress. We all know that stress is a bad thing. It deserves its own article due to the extensive damage we create when we walk around in fight or flight 24/7. For now, let's agree that we need a simple solution.
I feel that being satisfied from meal to meal is a huge factor in weight loss and weight management. Eating a high quality meal will allow you to be the best you that you can be. The hours in between a good meal should leave you feeling energetic and free to be creative, caring, inventive, etc. Not feeling empty, grumpy, bloated and more importantly, still hungry. Eating fast food, highly processed supermarket food, and cheap meal replacements are almost guaranteed to leave you feeling the negative effects I just explained. There is a term that describes what happens to people when they start eating processed foods, "Stuffed yet starved." When you eat cheap food even if it is 1000 calories, one hour later you will feel like you have not eaten anything at all. Why is this? Empty calories is why. The human brain does not recognize most food items when they become altered or denatured. The part of the brain that registered satiety says, "Keep eating" if it has not received nutrients, minerals and vitamins.
When you upgrade the quality of your food, amazing things start to happen. You become satisfied with fewer calories. You have new energy. Sleep gets better. Your moods become leveled out. Taking pride in what goes into your body is infectious. If you are a parent, teaching your kids to value of being mindful of what they eat is a lifelong gift. Co-workers, family and friends could all be influenced by the habit of caring about how you shop, cook and even grow your food. When someone Instagrams a shot of the garden they just put in their backyard, that should get more likes than someone posting a big ass hamburger and fries. You have heard the saying a million times, “change your lifestyle, not your diet." I have said this for many years. I usually follow that up with making sure whoever I say that to understands the first step in actually doing it. Change your relationship with food. Eat the highest quality of food that you can afford. There will be good things to follow!
Tim Gojich CPT.