Instead of Cutting Tons of Calories

Food for thought….

With January approaching, we see a lot of people going into the “new year, new me” mode. Unfortunately, the approach some people tend to take is to drastically cut calories. How did that work the last time you tried it? Or the time before?

When people restrict their calories to such an extreme degree, there are sometimes consequences.  Lots of times, people do not lose weight at all. If they do, it’s not long term.  People are usually miserable and sometimes create an awful relationship with food.  Worse yet, it can also take a toll on your hormones, wreaking all kinds of havoc and doing the complete opposite of what you are trying to achieve.

Instead of dropping calories down to 800 calories a day, perhaps let’s focus on the basics.

How’s your protein intake? Does it maybe need increased?

Are you eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, quality carbs and healthy fats?

How processed are your foods? Could you perhaps take a little time each week to prep out fresh produce and sources of protein rather than from a can or box?

Start by decreasing your portions by 1-2 handfuls of carbs a day and maybe 1-2 thumb size servings of fat from your daily portions. Those “healthy” almonds you’ve been noshing on? Maybe try cutting the serving size in half. Then re-assess and adjust as necessary.

Remember this. In 10 years you won’t care what you weighed in on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. You will care about your relationship with food. Start building long term, sustainable habits NOW that will carry you through the rest of your life. Look for balance. Your relationship with food shouldn’t be do or die. It’s forever. It takes time.