Calorie Counting ?
How many calories? How many grams? How many carbs? How much fat? Does it suit my macros? How many blocks? How many points? How many burpees do I need to do in order to work “X” off? I’m sure you have asked yourself some (if not all) of these questions before. Humans love restrictions so they can demonstrate control. The problem is just that though. Restrictions lead to slipups because all we can think about is what we are restricted to. Am I right?
Think about the last trendy diet you followed… Let’s take a Low-Carb diet – the first week you are parading around because you have managed to keep control of the situation, then afternoon tea comes around in the office and a box of donuts show up, birthday cake or maybe Jenny’s irresistible double fudge brownies. Guess what happens? We cave. So many restrictions cause us to continually think about what we CAN’T have. When that is constantly on our mind, it makes it almost impossible to make these diets something sustainable.
The stats don’t lie. 95% of dieters regain everything they lost (and then some) within three years. Let’s face it, dieting just brings us right back to dieting again. If one diet didn’t work, we jump to the next “big” thing. But what if I told you that the secret to healthy and sustainable weight loss isn’t anything new at all? What if I told you that it dates back to the beginning of time, a time where humans didn’t have magic pills, shakes or even meal plans to follow? This “diet” for lack of a better word is still used today and has been proven NUMEROUS times to be effective in weight (fat) loss and is the most sustainable approach – meaning the weight you lose will stay off.
First off, let’s take away our thoughts of the foods we cannot have. Because let’s get real here, telling someone they can’t have something just makes them want it even more. Today, we are going to break up the foods we CAN have to get you the body you deserve. There are three categories that make up this lifestyle: PROTEIN, FAT & CARBOHYDRATES. Within these three macro-nutrients, we have selected the best sources that will get you to your optimal health and best results.
Protein: Plays a crucial role in the body for building, maintaining and repairing body tissue and many other important functions in the body revolving around enzymes, hormones and immune processes. Fun fact about this macronutrient – Protein takes the most energy to digest (20-30% of total calories in protein eaten go to digesting it)!
Sources: poultry, beef, kangaroo, pork, lamb, seafood
Fat: The common misconception on this macronutrient is that it is bad. When in fact, the right sources of fat are essential for maintaining a health body. One of its main roles is protection – this includes insulation and cushioning to protect our organs. It also promotes growth, development and is involved in the role of the digestion of vitamins (fat soluble vitamins A,D,E and K need fat in order to be absorbed into the body).
Sources: animal fats, butter, ghee, coconut oil, coconut, olive oil, olives, avocado, nuts and seeds
Carbohydrates: The body’s main energy source. This is the macronutrient we are all scared of… We cringe at the thought of consuming them… They are the culprit of all things bad. But really they’re not. At least not all forms of carbohydrates and the ones we have chosen for you are the ones you want to stick around. These carbs supply glucose as an energy source to our brain, heart and central nervous system. The carbs we have selected also contain fibre, which aids our intestine in getting rid of the “waste” and helps lower your cholesterol levels. See, carbs can be good!
Sources: fruits and vegetables
So, yes, it is important to having all 3 macro-nutrients in your diet. Including all of them in your diet makes it much more sustainable and also easier to comply to. Get these on your plate, 3 times a day and become more in tune with your body. Understand when you are feeling full or hungry and eat accordingly (this is called mindful eating). Think of social gatherings before hand when you had to tell people you couldn’t eat carbs, or you had to think of how many points something was, or you had to decline something because it didn’t fit your macros? Now, you have a plethora of options to choose from which will keep you happy, satisfied and will help get rid of those nasty kilos that are still lurking around.
These macro-nutrients have been carefully selected based on their nutrient density – meaning you get the most bang for your buck in them. Sounds pretty simple doesn’t it? That’s because it is. To make it that much more easier for you, we have composed a list of YES Foods you can use to keep you on track and also give you ideas of all the options you have when it comes to making meals that will get you to your goals you have been long awaiting.