Today, tips and tricks to lose weight are seen everywhere. We can’t pick up a magazine or get through a set of commercials on TV without some solution to dealing with weight! But, shedding off the pounds shouldn’t mean eating less or restricting yourself from foods you love. At Purely Elizabeth, we believe that you are what you eat. This means feeding your body with wholesome pure ingredients and treating your body with what it needs, such as whole grains and vegetables.
We want you to feel good about your body and the food you are putting in it everyday, which is why we strive to make products that are packed with nutrition that taste amazing. Forget the scale and start eating right! If you want to change your weight, consider some of the reasons that might be preventing you from accomplishing your goals. Some common reasons why you aren’t losing weight:
1. Calorie restriction
This is a dangerous way to lose weight and a trend that needs to stop today.Your body needs calories to function! Start focusing on nutrient dense food that will make you feel great and keep you full for longer. Set realistic goals for yourself, this means not trying to loose 20 pounds in two months, you must consider your metabolic rate before taking extreme measures. Everyone’s body functions differently, which means finding out what works for you and not what you saw on TV.
Nutrient-Rich Foods to Include in Your Daily Diet:
Almost all vegetables: especially dark leafy greens and bright colored ones; kale, swiss card, carrots, sweet potatoes and beets
This is the lowest calorie way to get you daily vitamin and minerals you need. Vegetables are basically zero calories because your body uses almost the same amount of calories to digest them. Eat as many vegetables as you can!
Fruits: avocados, blueberries, bananas, peaches, papaya and mangos
Some fruits are high in sugar so try choosing lower sugar fruits like berries and avocados. While this sugar is different than refined sugar, too much can lead to weight gain and also spike your insulin levels.
Beans: black, black-eyed, butter, lentils, kidney, soy and so many others!
These have really high protein content and fiber so they’ll keep you full for a really long time. Beans are also packed with minerals, essential for various body functions.
Almost every type of nut: almond, cashew, peanut, pine, sunflower and pistachio
These are healthy fats and help you stay full for longer because of their high protein content. These are great snacks for in between classes or while sitting at your desk. We recommend a handful of nuts or two spoonfuls of nut butter a day.
Whole grains: amaranth, quinoa, oats, millet, brown rice… the list goes on
Great source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Whole grains are great for your body by providing energy to last throughout the day.
2. Believing that all calories ARE created equal
Eating a cookie that is 120 calories is not the same as eating a large banana for 120 calories. Junk food will leave you hungry sooner than you think with cravings for quick sugars, instead of good healthy food. Though this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a cookie every once in a while! Don’t tell yourself you can’t eat something because it’s bad for you, just keep junk food or your secret cravings to a minimum. Try making deserts that are free from refined sugars and provide some nutritional benefit, such as dark chocolate and chia pudding. It will satisfy your craving but not deter you away from your goals. The key is balance in your diet, which will keep you away from binges. Listen to your body and what it needs.
3. Eliminating fats from your diet. Not including good fats in your diet.
Your body needs fat to function. It is recommended that you consume 20%-30% of your daily calories from fat. Restricting your fat intake can lead to poor vitamin absorption, depression, heart problems, high cholesterol and overeating. Most vitamins are fat soluble, meaning they need fat to use them! How can eating less fat be problematic for your heart though? We always hear that low fat diets will prevent heart disease. This is true, but by restricting fats from your diet it will lower your good cholesterol (HDL) and prevent it from being able to eliminate the bad cholesterol from your blood. All fats aren’t the same – there are good fats and bad fats, so keep this in mind when picking out your food. Some good fats include, nuts, salmon, olive oil and avocados. Everything should be consumed in moderation, so consider keeping track of your fat until you get a good idea of how much you should be consuming everyday.
4. Skipping breakfast
We love breakfast, so skipping it isn’t an option at purely elizabeth. Not only is it because we cant get enough of our oats and granola, but also because skipping breakfast slows down your metabolism by putting your body in a fasting state. When you finally decide to eat breakfast mid-day, you are super hungry, not just a little bit (we’ve all been there)! Your body will crave the quick sugars and fats leading you to pick unhealthy options and too much of it.
5. Not getting enough sleep
How can this be contributing to your weight? Sleep is essential for your body because it helps control your metabolism. Loss of sleep can lead to a dangerous cycle of eating quick energy foods to help you wake up, not exercising and being lethargic. Sometimes going on a walk or going to the gym tired is the best time to work out. Being sleep deprived also messes up your hormonal imbalance of Ghrelin and Leptin (they control your hunger). When you are lacking Zs it signals to your body that you are hungry (even if you actually aren’t) and doesn’t tell you to stop eating.
6. Still caught in atkins world. You need the right carbohydrates in your diet (high glyvemic load and high in vitamins, nutrients, fiber)
Eliminating carbs is extremely dangerous because your body needs fiber and energy. By not eating carbs your body can go into ketosis, your body is now breaking down fat leading to the production of ketone bodies. This can cause you to binge and make you sick.
7. Ignoring how you eat (are you relaxed, eating slowing, actually chewing your food?)
If you don’t pay attention when you are eating, you are more likely to over eat. Food is delicious! Don’t eat mindlessly–pay attention to every bite you are consuming, while appreciating and enjoying it. If you take the time to chew your food you are more likely to know when you are full because your body takes some time to get the signals from your stomach that it is full. When you scarf down a ton of food, your body hasn’t yet processed how much you have eaten, leaving you feeling sick or uncomfortable when it figures it out. Enjoy your food, which means taking the time to sit down and have a meal.
Overall, changing your diet has endless health benefits, including weight loss. Once you change the way you eat, you will notice a change in the way you feel. At purely we think you are beautiful the way you are and shouldn’t focus on the scale, instead focus on eating right everyday (weight loss will only be an added perk). Ask yourself, what can I add to this meal to make it healthier? When making a salad, this can mean adding some spinach or sprinkling on some hemp seeds for extra nutrients.