One of the most common complaints I hear in my office is that it's hard to lose weight.
Skipping breakfast and eating for the first time in the afternoon is one of the most common life style patterns I see in my practice that contributes to poor weight management.
The two go hand in hand!
The body is designed to adapt for survival. In times of famine, the metabolism will slow and fat is retained to protect from starvation.
By not eating, you create your own personal famine.
Recreating the feast and famine cycle is no way to have a healthy body. Inflammation, insulin resistance, weight gain, poor sleep and low energy often result from this pattern. It's challenging for the body to be thrown from one extreme state to the next.
With this lifestyle, not only will you hold onto weight but you will crave sugar for a turbo boost of energy. When the body finally says, "for the love of God, will you give me something to keep this machine moving", you are probably looking for a carbohydrate dense snack, candy or a sweet beverage.
The bottom line is, you have to eat!
Go for low glycemic food options at that.
Here's what you can do if you want to manage your weight, boost your metabolism and have better energy and sleep.
1. Eat breakfast.
You don't have to have a plate full of food. Try a hard boiled egg and a few slices of avocado, a protein shake or a few bites of your left overs from dinner.
2. Feed your body every 3 hours.
Keep a stash of healthy snacks in your bag or desk at work. Walnuts, apples, veggies and snack bars are a few of my favs.
3. Identify foods that are healthy and easy to grab and go.
Stores like Trader Joe’s Whole Foods and Natural Food stores usually have quick snacks and meals that you can pick up as an alternative to fast food.
I know you can do this. Give it a try and you’ll see that it will make all the difference in the world. Remember, food is fuel and it is necessary. Make it healthy and make it consistent.
Until next time...