Gooood Morning and Happy Wednesday!
I woke up beyond sore today from TRX, and here I thought I was getting stronger! It didn’t feel as hard as it did last week, but apparently I am very, very wrong about that!
C’mon muscles, work with me here.
Breakfast this morning was unique, original and inspired.
It was the usual smoothie, an exact replica of yesterday. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it right?
I just can’t mess with it. It’s filling, healthy, thirst quenching, filling – and I get 3+ servings of fruits and veggies!
A cup o’ joe was enjoyed (attitude problem free, thank you Keurig) as I prepped the smoothie.
On the bus this morning (scored a seat yet again! You have no idea how much this improves a morning!) I was scanning through news articles, and one in particular jumped out at me.
The headline read: “Calories, Not Protein or Carbs, Are Key to Weight Loss: Study”
I hate when I read articles, stories, or hear conversations that include “no bread”, “carb-free”, “Atkins”, “I don’t eat nuts, nut butters, avocados because of how fattening they are”, “whole wheat bread is still bread”, and things like that.
Everyone is always looking for such a quick fix that I think people forget the very, very simple key to overall health and being fit – diet and exercise.
In recent years obesity has spun out of control to the point that little kids are now having to struggle with their weight. I think back to when my parents were young and when our weight wasn’t what we, as a country, were known for.
Back when our parents were our age, they didn’t use overly-processed foods and ingredients, and they didn’t cut out carbs because they thought by doing so they could lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks before a beach vacation.
They cooked real food with real ingredients (no fat-free anything!) and had dessert if they wanted to. They did everything in moderation and didn’t over-do it.
“The bottom-line is that the issue for weight loss is calories. Not where those calories come from. You need to create an energy deficit to lead to weight loss, and that happens by decreasing those calories. That’s just been shown again and again.” Source
I am in no way qualified to dispense advice on this topic, nor do I have the figure of a supermodel (far from it!). I am someone interested in health/nutrition/fitness and regularly prepare the majority of my own meals using real ingredients, and work out 6 days/week.
When I don’t work-out, or put excess processed, junk food into my body, I see a big difference in my mood, energy levels, and the way my clothes fit.
I prepare balanced meals – lean proteins, fruits/veggies, whole grain carbs, healthy fats and eat until my hunger is satisfied. If that includes going for 1/2 (or more!) the bread basket after a particularly grueling workout, so be it.
Calories are, after all – energy. I need energy to do my job, to complete my workouts, and to function in everyday life.
Of course there are occasions where I stuff myself to the brim – and I enjoy every second of it. I’m not going to deprive myself of a favorite meal, or on a holiday when cookies reign. I’ll try to workout before the meal and eat better in the days that follow but I’m not going to beat myself up over the fact that I went back for thirds on Thanksgiving or snuck a couple of extra cookies on Christmas.
To wrap things up – I don’t think the key to having the bod you want is cutting out entire food groups. They are there for a reason and provide us with benefits, nutrients, vitamins and minerals we can’t get from other foods. (Food allergies and intolerances excluded – you know your body better than anyone else).
To achieve that beach-ready look – up your workouts, but fuel properly. Eat foods that give you energy not that weigh you down. Exercise for the endorphins and mental boost you get than refill your body with real, nutritious foods. Rather than reaching for the fat-free chocolate chip cookies, make some homemade ones with real ingredients and have 1 – no need to fill your body up with chemicals.
You didn’t think I was going to get all deep on you the entire time did you? 😉
What’s your take on all the fad/crash diets? Have you tried them? What’s your stay fit/healthy strategy?
I definitely tried the “no carb” thing in college – and yes you lose weight just as they promised – but you’re miserable. I was irritable, I had no energy and contrary to what they say, I was STARVING. Once I figured out how to eat to fuel, not just to mindlessly eat, I started seeing results that I could keep up with. A crash diet seems to be just that – after a while you crash… and burn.