It is not uncommon knowledge that one of, if not the most important aspect of weight loss is what you eat. At Evolve, we don’t like the term “diet” because there are a lot of misconceptions of what a “diet” is, the word is too closely related to unrealistic programs that encourage people to go to extreme lengths to lose weight, the word is also linked to the idea of doing something only for a certain period of time.
A healthy “diet” includes carbs, (good) fats and protein, it includes fruit and vegetables and takes into consideration any intolerances, illnesses, metabolism and body type. A healthy “diet” should also be a part of your lifestyle and certainly not a quick fix.
Don’t believe the marketing schemes that tell you the only way you can become “beach body ready” is to replace your meals with shakes or cut out important macronutrients. Head over to our Quantity Over Quality blog to read about this in more detail. It is also worth noting that you are “beach body ready” regardless of your size or what you look like, it is your health that is what you should be most concerned about.
As we mentioned in our Quantity Over Quality blog, in order to successfully lose weight we need to put ourselves into a calorie deficit. This simply means that we need to burn more calories than we consume. When we do that it is not uncommon for our bodies to begin to work against us. Remember it is our bodies role to protect us and keep us alive at all costs, unfortunately when we choose to lose weight our body is not aware of this so naturally goes into survival mode.
Here’s what we mean by survival mode, it will start working against you by slowing down your metabolism and try to get you to eat more by increasing your hunger hormones. Now before you fall to the floor and cry out “WHY BODY? WHY ARE YOU MAKING IT HARDER FOR ME?”, we have some helpful tips you can follow so your body better manages your weight loss journey.
Reduce your calories slowly
Do not stop eating any macronutrients (carbs, fats, protein)
Don’t expect your weight to drop every time you weigh yourself
Introduce re-feeds by taking your calories up every so often
Have discipline when your body tries to get you to eat more than you need to
Don’t be angry at your body, don’t hate your body, thank it, it is working 24/7 to keep you alive and well. Ensure that you are eating full nutritious meals so your energy is not impacted throughout the day. We can offer nutritional advice to anyone that feels they may be struggling in this department, we can analyse your current eating habits and create menus for you to implement in your life so you are never at a loss of what to eat. Book in your complimentary consultation so we can begin!