Today let’s talk about the theory that you can lose weight by eating.
Many of the clients, whom I work with, have one of two beliefs about eating that they change through the process of losing weight. Chances are if you’re watching this video you have at least one of these beliefs as well.
a. You will not lose weight, or you may even gain weight, if you eat.
b. You have to give up what you love to lose weight.
I’m here today to tell you that neither of these beliefs are true!
In my own weight loss journey I discovered the opposite of both. I actually found that the more I ate, the more weight I lost. Plus, I was still able to eat the foods that I loved. I did not feel deprived of my favorites, nor did I feel hungry. In fact I found when I ate what I liked several times throughout the day, I lost more weight. My past clients and current clients have found this to be true as well, that is why I feel it is very important to share this with you.
I’m going to get right to the point with this video, so here it goes.
The first thing I want to do is change any beliefs that you have about carbohydrates! Why? Because you need carbohydrates to lose weight.
Over the years you have been told many false beliefs about carbohydrates (or carbs as I will refer to as such). You have been told “carbs are bad,” “Carbs make you fat,” and my personal favorite, “you need to stop eating carbs if you want to lose weight.”
It is time to start changing those beliefs. You do need carbs to lose weight, carbs don’t make you fat, and carbs are good for you. In actuality, carbs are what break down inside your body to become energy and fuel for you to get through your day.
Carbohydrates need to consist of about 1/4 – 1/3 of all the food you eat throughout the day. However, there are 3 rules that you need to apply.
- Eat whole grains and fresh starches/fruit as your source of carbohydrates for the day.
- Avoid “white” carbs as much as possible. These include white bread and white potatoes as they have extremely little to no nutritional value.
- Eat a carb at least three times a day.
I tried to cut carbs from my diet because I believed all that I was being told. When I did this I felt sick and tired all the time. I didn’t have the energy to complete my workouts. When I began to implement the belief that “I do need carbs to lose weight” I followed the three rules that I have just shared with you and began to lose weight.
Along with the carbohydrate belief there is the belief that “you need to eat less to lose weight.” This one is partially true, but not in its entirety.
Your body needs so many calories to survive and function properly; 1200-1800 for most women and 1400-2000 for most men. (I do want to add that these numbers fluctuate and change depending on the individual person.) In the end though, this means that you need to eat to lose weight.
The best way to do this is by eating 5-6 times throughout your day, but smaller portions each time you eat. This is why the belief “you need to eat less to lose weight” is only partially true. The belief needs to be changed to “you need to eat more often with smaller portions, to lose weight.”
The third belief that I found I needed to change was “you need to give up all of your favorite foods to lose weight.” I personally love ice cream the most, so this belief was really hard for me to follow. What I discovered, instead, was that I could still eat ice cream while I lost weight.
There wasn’t a trick to this, I didn’t have to take a pill or drink some special drink; I just followed one simple rule, “everything in moderation.” I know I have a lot of “rules”, but I feel that they are simple and easy to understand and follow. I highly recommend you taking on this rule for yourself.
Here’s how you can implement this rule into your life. Take it one step at a time. The first thing you need to do is take inventory of how much you are currently eating. Next, decide what a good amount is for you right now. This amount will change over time, but for now just focus on right now.
When I began implementing this rule I was at the point where I could eat a whole gallon of ice cream in one sitting. At that point it was easiest for me to buy the pint sizes of ice cream instead. This gave me the opportunity to eat the whole thing and stay in moderation, plus it made me do more work to get another one. It also made me spend more money that I couldn’t really afford at the time. I, over time, worked my way down to 1 cup a night and now it’s one cup every now and then. The best part is that by doing it the way I did, I did not feel like I was missing out.
You can do this too, go through the steps and see what you come up with.
Join me in my weight loss domination kit to learn even more false beliefs that you have been told about eating and losing weight that you need to start changing today.
In the kit you will find videos, journal prompts, and downloadable forms that walk with you step by step while you create the perfect weight loss plan for you. This plan is completely personalized to include the best exercises for you and the best meal plan for you.
Until then watch for the next video, in this series, where I share with you the perfect, personalized weight loss plan that allows you to lose weight without the gym.