It’s 2021 and it amazes me that we are still being told that we have to eat less and move more, weigh a certain amount, and then we are healthy. I mean, common sense, right? Here’s a quick reality check. Skinny does not always equal healthy. I could give you an 800 calorie meal plan for quick weight loss, but how do you plan on only eating that much for the rest of your life? Not to mention the health damage that does to your body!
Like many of you, I struggled with weight loss. I had always been naturally fit, then out of nowhere gained 30 pounds.
- I went on a dreaded diet
- I restricted my calories
- I gave up carbs
- I did all the things that the health industry said to do to lose weight.
And I did lose the weight, but it came back!
It wasn’t until I developed thyroid cancer, that I quit focusing on weight loss and started taking my actual health seriously. It was only then that I was able to keep the weight off
In this blog post, I’ll be sharing the top 3 secrets I’ve learned, so you don’t have to make the same mistakes I did. You can still enjoy your life, lose excess weight, and meet your health goals!
- Secret 1: How to Eat More to Lose More
- Secret 2: How to Continue Eating Carbs Without it Impacting Your Health
- Secret 3: How to Control Excessive Cravings and Still Enjoy Your Favorite Foods
So if you’re ready to ditch the diet and learn how to sustainably manage your weight and health, look no further. I’ll show you exactly how I did it and have continued to do so!
How I Lost 30 Pounds and Kept it Off Without Undereating and Over Exercising
I actually recently had the honor of being able to share my unique health and weight loss transformation with the SheFinds publication here, and I’m excited to share it with you today!
I had always been naturally fit and could eat for days and not gain a pound. I was one of those people other people hated for that ability! I NEVER ate vegetables and while my binge eating didn’t affect weight gain, I always felt like utter crap afterwards!
It wasn’t until I was 30 and I seemingly gained 30 pounds overnight that I even addressed I had a problem. I couldn’t fit into my clothes anymore and I got depressed and started feeling sorry for myself. Then binge eating did become a problem because I hated how I looked! But that just led to more and more eating!
I was actually in Antarctica when I made the decision that I needed to lose the weight. I had climbed the 754 foot Observation Hill at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. It was painful to get up there. What would’ve been easy for me in the past, was treacherous now. i was out of breath, my muscles was aching, mentally I could not believe I had allowed myself to reach this point. So I started researching the dreaded diet and I restricted my calories, gave up carbs, and lost the weight very quickly.
But it came back. What I was doing wasn’t sustainable. I didn’t want a life in which I couldn’t enjoy a piece of cake of a glass of wine at social events. I didn’t want to be that person that had to choose between my health and going to a work outing.
It wasn’t until I developed thyroid cancer a year later that I started taking my health seriously. I am very blessed that the kind of cancer I had was very manageable. But what if it hadn’t been? It was then that I learned how to implement new habits, eat quality foods to fuel my body to function, learn to love eating vegetables, and in the process keep the weight off for good!
I went from
- eating like a rabbit to 1800 calories,
- overcoming my binge eating,
- all the while still enjoying all my favorite foods!
Once I took the focus off just wanting to lose weight and geared more towards caring for my body, I started to feel better. I reached my high physical fitness level again. And now at 34, I look and feel better than I ever have before! My life has completely changed for the better. And all it took was one decision that I was worth it!
I want this for you too. So below I will reveal to you my top 3 secrets on sustainable and vibrant health, and how to keep the weight from coming back!
Secret 1: How to Eat More to Lose More
The quality of the food you eat matters more than the quantity. Whole, unprocessed foods are full of nutrients the body needs to function. Refined, processed foods are full of empty calories that aren’t filling and lead to overeating. Often when going on a diet, people are restricting their calories, making drastic changes in their eating, all without learning how to eat to properly fuel their body to function.
The primary function of fiber is to feed the healthy bacteria in your gut. If you’re not getting enough fiber in your diet, it can lead to a decrease in good bugs and an increase in bad bugs. Eating more fiber can also help with hunger, because it makes you feel fuller and less hungry. There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber is a type that dissolves in water which can help to lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Fiber works to keep your hunger levels under control and your gut healthy.
In contrast to refined, processed foods (such as white breads, white pasta, and white rice), whole grains are full of nutrients the body needs to function. This is because refining products removes key nutrients and fiber, or all the healthy parts. While processed foods are quick and easy, they often lack the nutrients needed for adequate functioning of the body. Whole grains also often contain phytochemicals that help regulate blood sugar levels and reduce risk of cardiovascular disease!
Eating whole grains is also indirectly linked to weight loss
Heart Healthy Fats
Fat is an essential part of your diet and a key component to any weight loss efforts. You need fat in your diet for optimal health, but most people get it from processed and fried foods. Eating less fat will not help you lose weight, but eating the right fats can actually accelerate the weight-loss process. Contrary to popular belief, healthy fats are not just found in animal products.
There are three types of fats: saturated, unsaturated and trans fat. Saturated fats raise bad cholesterol levels and lower good cholesterol while unsaturated fats have just the opposite effect. Trans fats are man-made and can cause serious harm to your health.
Adequate amounts of protein are important for the growth, maintenance and repair of lean muscle tissue. Protein is also responsible for balancing hormones, especially insulin, which regulates blood sugar levels. This nutrient also helps to regulate your metabolism. In terms of weight loss, research has shown that people who eat adequate amounts of protein are more likely to be satisfied from a meal and have an increased level of energy.
The impact that protein has on a person’s mood and behavior is related to dopamine pathway activity. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that’s released with rewarding or pleasurable activities like having sex or eating very good food. Eating adequate amounts of protein helps maintain dopamine levels at the same time as feeling satiated by the food consumed!
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Secret 2: How to Continue Eating Carbs Without it Impacting Your Health
Carbohydrates have gotten a pretty bad rep over the years as being the main causer of weight gain, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Not all carbs are created or affect your body equally!
“In my food world, there is no fear or guilt, only joy and balance. So no ingredient is ever off-limits. Rather, all of the recipes here follow my Usually-Sometimes-Rarely philosophy. Notice there is no Never.” ― Ellie Krieger
Complex carbs are the good ones! They’re high in fiber and low on the glycemic index, meaning they don’t spike your blood sugar, and they give you a long-lasting energy kick. The best carbohydrates to eat are natural, unprocessed carbs that come from their whole food sources like veggies, fruit, legumes, brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal, whole grains, etc.
These are simple sugars, commonly from fruit, dairy and processed foods, that absorb quickly into the bloodstream and provide immediate energy. What isn’t used as energy goes to storage in the muscles and liver. Once storage is full, it’s converted into fat. Thus the idea that carbs make you fat, is born! But here’s another secret. Those complex carbs break down into simple sugars so your body can use them.
This is what really matter when it comes to carbs:
- Is there any protein or fiber in the food?
- How quickly does it convert to glucose and spike blood sugar levels?
- Is this an added sugar or naturally reoccurring sugar?
Whole grain pasta with 39 grams of carbs includes about 5 grams of Fiber and 6 grams of Protein, whereas white pasta contains only the carbs. The whole grain pasta is going to enter your bloodstream at a slower pace preventing the big sugar spike. As an added bonus, you receive the health benefits of the fiber and protein!
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Secret 3: How to Control Excessive Cravings and Still Enjoy Your Favorite Foods
Don’t ignore your cravings! Did you know that cravings are your body’s way of signaling to get your attention? As a former emotional eater, this was very important for me to work through. Our bodies are pretty amazing when you think about it. It knows how to maintain the perfect temperature when exposed to hot or cold weather. It know when to wake up and go to sleep. It knows what it need to maintain balance and cravings are no exception!
There are 8 main reasons we crave certain foods. In this post, I’m going to share 3 of those reasons!
- Lack of nutrients or mal nourishment. The body is going to know when it’s not getting enough nutrients. And chances are you do too! If you’ve ever felt a lack of energy, had trouble sleeping, felt sluggish, couldn’t concentrate, experienced brain fog, or just felt bad in general, you may be lacking some important nutrients in your diet!
- Going through big changes. Are you starting a new job or moving cross country? Are you trying to implement new habits? We are human. The brain wants to feel comfortable. Anytime it goes into an unknow place or experiences uncertainty, it can trigger a craving for comfort food.
- Connection with Positive Emotions. Have you ever been in a stressful situation and just started craving a random food? The mind connects certain foods with positive emotions.
Once you are able to connect with why your body is signaling a craving to you, it’s much easier to manage!
Related Post: How I Overcame Binge Eating and How You Can Too and Still Enjoy Your Favorite Foods!
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Once I learned the secret behind sustainable weight loss was a focus on my health through eating more quality whole foods, eating ALL the carbs, and how to manage my binge eating, life has been wonderful! No more obsessing over the scale, I’m eating more than ever, I don’t feel hunger pains or obsess about trying to eat only health foods.
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