26 Oct 5 Reasons You’re Not Losing Body Fat
5 Reasons you’re not losing body fat!
The Western culture is a fat culture with 100 fad diets. Everyone is always looking for the secret to being “lean and sexy”. The truth is there are no shortcuts. Any pill that they create to cut fat isn’t going to break your habits that got you to where you are in the first place and they’ll probably do some serious damage to your long term health on the road to making you lean.
Here are 5 steps you can take to changing your eating habits and start living a healthy life:
- Sugar – There really aren’t many benefits to eating sugar, whether it be added table sugar to your coffee or fruit sugars added to the processed foods you eat – there is nothing that great about sugar no matter what form it comes in! The main thing to remember is that it’s not fat that makes you fat… it’s SUGAR that makes you fat. Unfortunately, sugar is in most packaged foods – even a lot of meat like sausages and rissoles. If you didn’t make it yourself from scratch you can almost guarantee it has some sort of sugar or nasty preservatives;
- Inflammatory foods – Foods such as gluten, dairy and sugar can have a negative effect on the body and cause inflammation and bloating. You may not know it has an effect on you but here’s how you can find out… Try removing these foods for a minimum of 1 month and see how your body feels. Gluten is a protein molecule found in wheat and to be honest gluten is in a lot of man-made/processed foods. Cutting out bread, pasta and cereal is just the tip of the iceberg. They use gluten as a filler product in many packaged foods, so be sure to check the labels and go for the gluten free option. Dairy is a product created from cows’ milk. This covers cheese, butter, milk, yoghurt, and ice cream to name a few. Don’t worry you’ll get sufficient enough calcium from the dark green leafy vegetables and nuts you’ll be eating in place of the dairy. Read this article on sugar for more insight;
- You eat too much – This is related to excessive amounts of carbohydrates. Eating frivolous amounts of carbohydrates leads to the body having too much energy which, when not used, is stored as fat in the body. You don’t need dense carbohydrates in your diet to survive. Eating a healthy diet of mainly vegetables plus 1-2 pieces of fruit a day is more then enough carbohydrate for your body to live off of daily. Potatoes, pasta, rice, bread, cereal and biscuits are too dense in carbohydrates. You’d usually find the amount of carbohydrates consumed in a sandwich, pasta dish or a bowl of breakfast cereal would be more than likely closer to the recommended daily intake of carbs, rather than just for that meal;
- You eat too little – You’re not eating enough of the good foods. The approach of “You didn’t make it, it’s not good for you” is a good one to take. Make big wholesome salads with lots of meat. Have massive amounts of roast vegetables, not potatoes and pumpkin but cauliflower, eggplant, zucchini, broccoli, carrot, capsicum, brussel sprouts and squash to name a few. Don’t be afraid to fill your plate up;
- Not balancing your intake – As a last piece of the puzzle be sure to have a meal served with all 3 macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and fats). For guidance on portion control take the measurement using your hand. Fill your plate with a whole open hand including fingers, full of vegetables. Take a piece of meat the size of your palm. As a final piece measure out your thumb in fats (nuts, avocado, olives, oils, mayonnaise).