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Is Eating Healthy The Same As Eating To Lose Weight?

Posted Apr 24 2009 11:00pm
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When I first sit down with a client, we talk about nutrition. I ask them to tell me how they think they eat, just because I want to know what they think about their nutrition. Sometimes I get the “I eat pretty bad and need to work on that”, but I also get the ” I eat very healthy”. Then I have them write down a days worth of meals for me to look at. For the most part, they are usually eating “healthy” but they are not eating to “lose weight”.

What exactly do I mean by this? Well, let me show you…

Healthy Meals:

M1 at 9am: Organic granola, banana, berries and yogurt

M2 at 2pm: Turkey Sandwich on oat bread

M3 at 6pm: Salmon and green beans

Eating to Lose Weight:

M1 at 7am: 2 egg whites, 1 whole egg, spinach and feta

M2 at 10am: Apple and string cheese

M3 at 1pm: Chicken breast and broccoli with olive oil drizzled over broccoli

M4 at 4pm: Greek Yogurt, berries and walnuts

M5 at 7pm: Ground Turkey burger and asparagus

Can you tell the difference?

First off, in the Healthy Meals, they are not eating often enough to fuel their metabolism. You should be eating every 3-4 hours to keep your metabolism burning off that fat.Most often my clients will say that they are not hungry so they don’t eat as often. This is the first indication that your metabolism has slowed down. If you can go 5 hours or more without eating, it means your metabolism has slowed down, which means it needs less fuel, which means your are not burning fat! Now isn’t that the whole purpose of this? to lose fat? Of course!

Second, there is not enough protein in the very first meal. You should always make sure to have a lean protein (or protein supplement) and a carb at every meal. M2 does not have enough protein and should include some vegetables. M3 is perfect.  Protein is what helps to build muscle and help you burn off that fat. If you don’t get enough protein in your diet, the fat is going to just stay.

Third, my guess is this would not be enough calories in a day. I guess it depends on the servings size of each thing, but remember, you don’t want your calories to be lower than 1400-1500 calories, especially on workout days! With not enough fuel, you body won’t be able to burn fat and rebuild itself.

In the Eating to Lose Weight meals, the meals are spaced out every 3 hours. Every meal is complete with a protein, carb and some type of healthy fat.

So which way are you eating?

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