If you’re like most people, then you probably feel like your carrying around a few extra pounds that you want to lose. It’s a sad fact that 2 out of 3 adults in the United States are considered overweight or obese. This statistic is not a surprise to me given that a lot of the convenient food choices are either fast food or store-bought processed food. A recent study by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology found that processed foods make up 60 % of the foods purchased at grocery stores. As a personal trainer in Dallas, I see this all the time in people’s diets. Which brings me to the point of this post…your diet is very important.
If you’re trying to lose weight, your diet is going to be about 80% of the work you’ve got to do to lose it. I see it all the time time, people train hard in the gym yet they don’t see the results they want because their diet isn’t on track. I always tell my clients weight loss starts in the kitchen. Healthy weight loss is between 1-3 pounds a week and it comes down to burning more than what you took in regards to calories. There are other variables in the weight loss equation such as age, gender and activity level. The most important thing you can do is have a diet tailored to your specific goals. Even when you feel you’re at your lowest point…remember, it can be done. It may take more time and hard work but I would advise the natural route over a medical procedure.
Some of my clients in Dallas have had the sleeve or gastric bypass surgeries in the past and had hit a plateau. This is the problem that I have with a lot of bariatric clinics and other weight-loss surgical procedures is the doctors never truly address the problem. They alter the bodies physical plumbing to circumvent the problem. It’s like putting a band aid on a gash. These clinics don’t educate the patient on the importance of diet, eating behaviors and how avoiding processed foods can drastically alter your body composition in a positive way. I have also had some clients who have been diagnosed with certain thyroid issues and have been told that that is the reason for them not being able to lose weight. What these clients had in common is that they did not have a clue about proper eating for their goals and they had spent thousands of dollars on doctors, surgeries and medications to help them lose weight.
Once I got these clients to journal their food and I was able to correct their eating they all started dropping weight again. My point here is not to toot my own horn but to illustrate my point of how important your diet is to your weight loss goals and, secondly, and why it’s vital to be aware of the common marketing tactics that prey on uninformed consumers who are often in desperate need of help.
Eating right is not rocket science by any means. A large part of what I do is educate people on healthy eating choices and when to eat certain types of foods considering the glycemic index. Do you have a sedentary job…. if so, then low glycemic foods are especially important for your diet. In simple terms, glycemic index is how quickly your body breaks down certain types of carbohydrates into glucose. Glucose is the usable form of energy for your body. When someone is measuring their blood sugar levels, they are measuring the amount of glucose in their blood. So where the glycemic index comes into play is how active you are in your job and personal life. If you sit at a desk all day you want to stick with low glycemic foods that break down into glucose slower over time instead of turning into glucose quickly. Eating high glycemic foods causes a rush of energy and if your sitting at a desk all day chances are you aren’t going to burn it. Anybody know another term for stored energy? FAT…… do you get where I’m going with this?
I challenge you to try and eat as much whole unrefined foods as you can for 1 month and see if you don’t notice a difference in how you feel. You might surprise yourself and not want to go back to your old eating habits. Your mom didn’t tell you to eat your vegetables just to torment you… she was right. The funny thing is that now that I do what I do… I have to remind my mother sometimes but that’s how life works I guess.