Why Eating Healthy is NOT helping you lose weight
It happens on a daily basis. You step on the scale in anticipation, because you know that you’ve been a health rockstar and the number that reflects back at you is going to knock your socks off!
Minutes later, you’re cursing the poor machine and declaring that the world is against you or at least your weight loss effort. Not only did you not make progress, you regressed.
“How? Why? I was perfect!” You declare.
The Mistake: You ate for health, not fat loss.
Huh? What? Follow me for just a minute.
You always eat “healthy”
You are picking foods that are contain health claims, but are actually treats. Like a hot bowl of tomato bisque soup with a warm whole-grain baguette and yogurt with dark chocolate covered almonds.
That meal does taste great, but it does not serve your fat loss goals. It actually increases your likelihood to gain weight, because it is greatly imbalanced in macronutrients.
You’ve told yourself that you are not allowed some of your favorite foods like pasta, ice cream, cheeses and sugar. Then overcompensating on the foods you are allowed like nuts, plates filled with meat, an endless supply of fruit and “green” smoothies for days. End result = a “healthy” diet that makes you overweight.
You may be trading in junk food for clean calorie bombs.
Health food is free food
Raw Almonds are one of the cleanest, natural foods that you can eat. But I can promise that if you eat that canister of them, you’ll gain weight like you’re competing for Biggest Gainer.
Why? Because they’re packed with calories. That doesn’t mean they’re bad for you, but it does mean that you need to understand balance, calorie deficits and what you’re ingesting.
Clean or “healthy” eaters are notorious for gaining weight quickly on natural food and it’s easy, just give us some peanut butter, hummus or protein pancakes. We’ll down 3 servings in a sitting…because it’s clean and you can eat as much as you want. Right?
With clean eating or the Paleo diet, there are no rules on how much you can eat. By that, I mean you’re not given a set calorie or macronutrient goal to hit each day.The theory behind this type of eating is that the lower-carb, high-protein nature of the diet leads you to feeling naturally full, and prevents over-eating.
For most, a typical day of clean eating means eggs for breakfast. “Eggs you say? I’ll take four. And we’re allowed nuts on Paleo? Well then, I’ll load up a bowl with some cashews and almonds and snack on those.” The afternoon and evening meals generally continue in the form of meats, nuts and fruits, veggies and protein shakes.
Because of the lack of accounting for calories, and it’s tendency to recommend low-carb, but higher-fat food sources, your calorie intake can quickly through the roof.
It’s true, whether we like it or not. Calories do matter. Because when it comes to our weight — something that most of us are either focused on losing or maintaining — it’s about the energy we put into our bodies and the energy we expend. That energy is counted in calories.
Therefore, you must pay attention to what goes in and out of your body (energy that is) I’ll save the poo talk for another day.
No matter how clean or healthy or virtuous our meals and snacks are, we have to create calorie deficits to lose fat, watch our portions and load up our plate with salads and vegetables.
Because balance is important.
Calories are important.