Health Tip #3

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Calories in, calories out, right?  Wrong.  The days of counting calories is a thing of the past.  Why?  Because not all calories are created equal.  As we discussed in health tip #2 you will lose weight initially if you just cut calories, but if your body isn’t nourished from what you’re taking in, your cravings will never stop and you will end up either back where you started or several pounds heavier.  What you want to take stalk of instead of calories, is nutrient density.  The question we want to ask when selecting a food to eat is, not how many calories are in the food but how nutrient dense is it?  If you’re eating a diet of primarily nutrient devoid or low nutrient value, prepared and packaged foods, you won’t be getting the nutrients that your body needs for all of your bodily functions.  If you aren’t being well nourished by the calories you take in, you will continue to be hungry as your body continues to seek out those missing nutrients. So what are nutrient dense foods?  Foods that are in their whole, unprocessed state  will tend to be the most nutritious; foods that came from a farm, not a factory.  A wide variety of brightly colored fruits and vegetables will provide the body with needed nutrients.  These are the foods that will nourish your body and reduce cravings because your body is getting what it needs.

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Health Tip #2

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If you want to put on weight, go on a calorie restricting diet.  You will inevitably lose weight at first but by the time you’re done, you’ll have added an extra 5, 10, 15…pounds.  Why is it that diets don’t work?  If you’re carrying excess body weight, there’s a reason for it.  Your body isn’t some stupid lug that doesn’t know what it’s doing.  Your body is ALWAYS looking out for your best interest.  The reason that diets don’t work is your body’s perception of stress.  I’ll speak more about stress in a later post but the human body is programmed to respond to stress as a signal for: fight, flight, fright, freeze, or famine.  In the case of dieting, in order to save you from eminent death, your body packs on weight.   When you diet, your body can perceive your decreased caloric intake as starvation and say, “don’t worry buddy, I’ve got your back, I’ll pack a little extra away for later”.

Yo-yo dieting can also lead to highs and lows in blood sugar which can cause insulin and leptin hormone dis-regulation.  Your goal should be to maintain a steady blood sugar level.   This can be achieved by eating a healthy wholefoods diet, and by avoiding refined sugar and carbohydrates,  and processed foods.  More on what a ‘healthy’ diet looks like in posts to come!