Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Are You Really Hungry?

One of the reasons that many people (including myself) have a hard time with weight loss is because of food. You're willing and excited to do the workouts, but we all know that's only 30% of the battle. Most of the struggle comes in the form of food. So, before you pick up those crackers or this!

First, you DO need food.
Don't get it twisted. You CAN'T not  eat and have sustained weight loss (sorry about the double negative, those always confuse Joe-Joe haha). Sure, if you don't eat a lot you'll drop some weight, but as soon as you pick up a piece of bread it will come right back. So instead of battling that see-saw, EAT FOOD! Your body needs it to function at it's basic levels.

There IS a difference between NEEDING food and WANTING food.
Yes, you need food... but do you NEED food when you're sitting in front of the television at 10pm? The answer is no! That's a want, not a need. At least for me it's mostly just a want :) Can't figure out if its a want or a need? Ask yourself this question: Am I really hungry? Think on it for 15 minutes, while sipping water, and if you're still hungry have some food. And don't feel guilty about it!

Get some sleep.
The sleep deprived are at much greater risk for giving into their cravings. Get at least 7 hours of sleep a night to avoid those urges. It also puts you in bed earlier so you're not sitting on the couch at 10pm thinking about food.

Just don't buy it.
In other words, don't put tempting foods in your pantry. It's a well known fact that I can't say no to French fries, Cheez-Its or "Organic" Chips (oh how I wish organic meant fat free, zero calorie and not filled with chemicals). Literally the only way for me to not eat this, is to never buy them. If you keep the temptation far away, you're a whole lot less likely to give in!

Eat more protein + fiber.
These two nutrients keep you feeling fuller, longer. Take advantage of it by increasing your intake at meals. Try chickpeas or kidney beans on salads--you're getting protein and fiber from the bean, along with fiber from the rest of the salad! Win-win.

The last thing that I want to say is moderation. Plain and simple. Don't deprive yourself of everything, all the time. Make your healthy lifestyle work for YOU! Do I eat French fries sometimes? Yes. Cheez-Its? Yes. And then I push play on my DVD player to burn the calories. Moderation people.

What are your nutrition tips that help you?

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