In my last article, I discussed how you should be aware of the quality of the calories you are putting into your body rather than calorie counting. When it comes to food, it’s quality over quantity to stay healthy. With the simple tips below, you’ll quickly say goodbye to calorie counting!
Nutrient void pretzels spike your blood sugar, wreak havoc on your hunger and cravings and convert to fat quickly in your body, while avocados fill you up, give you sustained energy without an insulin surge and supply your body with the necessary nutrients it needs to maintain a healthy heart and arteries.
The caveat of course is consuming whole foods* in the right proportions. This is where calories count. Too many calories, even from whole foods, will be stored as fat. So, don’t think satisfying your hunger exclusively with calorie dense nuts or a plate full of butter laden, baby potatoes and grass-fed steak will have you staving off heart disease – the #1 killer of women over 50 each year. Nor will it help you trim down. To manage your weight and provide your body with the necessary nutrients it needs to age well, you need to abide by the following guidelines:
Eat until you are fully satisfied – NOT until you are full.
Stay active throughout the day – Prolonged sitting kills and often negates our morning workouts.
* “Whole foods” – that is, foods that are as close to their natural form as possible.
**Please note: Our bodies use either sugar (from healthy or unhealthy carbs) or fat as energy/fuel. If you eat both in large quantities, you will easily overflow your fuel tank (calorie needs) and store those extra calories as fat. If you’re looking to lose weight and are insulin resistant, studies show that reducing your carb intake and increasing your fat intake to improve insulin resistance will help you lose weight. Once you become more insulin sensitive, adding more healthy carbs back into your diet and reducing your fat intake will result in greater weight loss.
Here are simple tips to help you upgrade your diet, shrink your waistline and transform your health while saying goodbye to calorie counting:
The benefits of eating whole, plant-based foods are endless. Here are just a few:
This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, and is not a substitute for medical advice.
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