There's a lot of diets and weight loss programs everywhere you turn today. It can get noisy with all of the misinformation out there. As Americans, we spend over $30 billion dollars annually on medical and nutritional health fraud. That's the college athlete who thinks they need supplements when realistically, a majority of the time they can get their nutrients from real, whole foods. It's the people spending money on weight loss products (which is a $40 billion industry) when again, they just need to eat right.
The way I look at it, we are just misinformed. We've lost sight about the basics of nutrition and instead choose the pill that's going to give us a kick start to weight loss and THAN will learn how to maintain it. What changed me from an avid dieter to a happy and healthy lifestyle was information. I really, truly took the time to learn. I have tried most diets, most weight loss pills and fat burning powders. THEY DON'T WORK.
When I see someone go down that route I know what the outcome will be. The way that I look at it the best thing I can do is inform. So, here are some basic nutrition facts that can get you started on a healthy journey
There are 6 classes of nutrients which you probably hear me talk about a lot in the studio.
The 3 nutrients, protein, carbs and fats, are what the body uses for energy to be able to fuel various activities. These are like gasoline for a car.
Vitamins, minerals and water do not provide energy but they are used to maintain and repair. I like to think of these as the mechanics or workers.
Calories have grown to have a bad rap. We hate them, we restrict them, we tend to lean towards lower calorie foods. But really, a calorie is just the measurement of energy. Your body takes energy from proteins, carbs and fats to do the work it needs to in order for you to survive. If it has too much energy it stores it as fat to be able to use it for a different time. If a person consistently consumes too much of those energy yielding nutrients it will continue to store the remaining energy as fat which can lead to obesity.
You have to remember, our bodies were designed to keep us alive in days where food was scarce. It is designed to keep us alive in cold temperatures and harsh conditions. Now, we eat foods that our bodies cannot even recognize, we sit on the couch for hours at a time and maybe get 30 minutes of activity in a few times a week.
We tend to skip out on the water and reach for things like sodas, juice, vitamin packets and other flavored beverages. About 60% of our body is made up of water. Water is like the work vehicle for all the mechanics working in your body. It carries nutrients from cell to cell and also provides a nice little bath for all the cells to thrive in. Water transports hormonal messages throughout the body and when your energy (calories) are broken down it takes the nutrients where they need to go. The amount of water needed will vary from person to person depending on size, any caffeine consumed, activity level and what their diet looks like. A safe number I tell people is 64 ounces. Add 8 ounces for every caffeinated beverage and 8 ounces for every big workout that makes ya sweat!
Where to begin
I think the smartest thing is to not put a time limit on yourself. Don't tell yourself you want to lose x amount of weight in x amount of time. Throw that idea out the door! Instead just focus on fueling your body with what it needs. Your body needs energy ( which it gets from those nutrients we talked about above), it needs to move ( whatever movement you enjoy doing) and it needs some internal lovin! What I mean by that it needs to mentally be taken care of. Relax, speak positively to yourself and do things that make you happy!
It is possible to love yourself and be healthy. It is possible to reach the goals you want and do it in a way that lasts!
For more help on creating a lifestyle that works for you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and will chat on what we can do to get you there.
My name is Hanna Kuyper and my mission for iamwell comes directly from my past experiences. Read more