Top 3 things you are doing wrong when it comes to nutrition and how to correct it.
1. You drink your calories more than you should. We all know empty soda calories aren’t good for our waistlines. However, we don’t always think about the other beverages. A smoothie/protein shake can be great when made at home, but skip the pre-made smoothies that are pretty much just refined sugar juice. Coffee is the same. It is fine at home- especially just black, but can add tons of calories in a week when it’s a fancy coffee drink. Save those for the occasional splurge.
2. You aren’t eating enough when you try and lose weight. Yes, if you are completely overdoing it you need to cut back- but if you aren’t eating enough you’ll struggle too. You’ll also feel terrible, be miserable and not get the nutrients you need. Who wants that?!
What to do? Skip the processed foods and eat real food. Double the amount of veggies you usually have on your plate and cut back on the starchy carbs.
3. You go crazy on your ‘cheat day’. I’m all for balance and adding in a few less nutrient dense foods here and there, but I also emphasize the 80/20 rule. Honestly, I’m not a fan of the phrase ‘cheat day’. Here is why- it is completely normal and healthy to have less nutrient dense foods from time to time- and you shouldn’t completely beat yourself up. It can actually HELP you stay on track. However, we need to stop thinking of it as a ‘cheat day’ or ‘cheat’ at all. Allow yourself a planned indulgence, enjoy it and move on. But stick to one less nutrient dense meal/dessert in the day. Having a constant free for all will negate your healthy eating/calorie deficit for the week.
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~Gretchen Riddle, CHES, CHWC, Pn1
Certified Nutrition & Wellness Coach