What you eat is more important than how much you exercise. When we were younger we may have been able to out exercise our poor eating habits, but once we reach a certain age, this is no longer the case.
Great American Triad
Our weight creeps up and our waist size will expands. Internally our usually normal cholesterol levels climb; we encounter higher blood sugar levels and elevated blood pressure.
Are we destined to suffer the great American triad of high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol? By no means is this true. We are in control. Don’t be fooled by your family history, your genetic story or even you expectations. YOU can change your body.
Simplicity is the Name of the Game
To obtain and maintain a healthy weight you need to begin with simplicity. Health can still be obtained through balanced energy in and energy out. Of course the health of your body hormonally, emotionally, energetically will affect how we process foods. Ensuring that you take one step at a time in pursuit of your health is the best way to make lasting and sustainable change.
The easiest and most simple change to make is with what we put into our mouths.
In my practice, I recommend a food diary of 2-3 days of your usual eating patterns. This will really show you where the positives and negatives are in your eating. This is accomplished best by using a fitness app like MyfitnessPal. I wrote a review on my favorite apps called, Brilliant Tools for Success. Once you have recorded your food/drink intake, it is time for review.
Many of my patients discover that they are consuming more than 2500 calories over their recommended calories for the day. Where do you think that is going to get you? It is going to get you overfat.
Once you review it and see where your macros are landing, that is what percentage of fat, proteins and carbs you are eating, you can make changes. Additionally you will easily see how much processed food you are eating and even where you could add a supplement or two to improve your overall health.
In my book, Second Chance at Health: Learn to Love Active Living and Clean Eating, I offer successful program options to incorporate into your life for the long haul. My book will guide you to discover and show you how to put it into practice to reach your health goals. You can order the book in the shop on this page.
Be the Magic
There are no magic foods, magic pills, magic supplements or magic exercises to obtain health. Health is chosen moment by moment. You are the magic.
Don’t complicate it; eat enough food for the energy expended. Eat foods in their most unprocessed forms. Food is simply energy, and energy from the ground, water, sky is exactly formulated for our bodies to use.
But how do I know how much I should be eating?
Your basal metabolic rate is a good starting point. My book discusses why this is helpful and how to use this number to lose weight and then to ultimately maintain your healthy weight.
So each time you are preparing to eat, think.
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