Many habits we think are healthy could be causing increased weight gain! Adam Potash, Executive Chef and Health Coach, points out a few:
First, smoothies aren’t always the best for you. Often, these fruity concoctions can contain upwards of 1000 calories per serving. Here are a few tips to keep smoothies in the healthy category:
- Keep them as green as possible. Start with a base of kale, spinach, or other dark leafy greens.
- Don’t have more than a normal 8-10 ounce glass. Try to keep the portions as you would any other beverage. No need for gigantic 32 ounce containers!
Second, don’t deprive yourself of the foods you love. Most of the time when you eliminate your favorite items, it just makes you want them more. My advice is to ditch the “all or nothing” mentality and simply limit some of those “not so healthy” options. Also, try to find healthier ways to eat/cook them. For example, if french fries are your thing, consider sweet potato fries or a baked version instead.
Third, cutting meals can stunt your metabolism. Your body has a natural routine of consuming then digesting. But when you start to eliminate some regular meals, your body wants to hold tight and starts storing more (not knowing when the next meal is coming). This is a natural mechanism from our hunter gatherer days. Make healthy choices, but don’t skip meals.
For sustainable weight loss, strive to make healthy choices when it comes to food and exercise. Once you maintain consistency in healthy living, the weight will come off and stay off!