Eat More and Lose Weight?
Posted on March 29, 2017 by Amy Krasner
Just this past week I had two women in my office on the same day who said something along the lines of, “I can’t believe that I’m actually able to enjoy good food and lose weight at the same time.”
The truth is I hear this comment A LOT! Many of the women who come to me for weight loss guidance are chronically under-eating because they have been taught by our dieting society that eating less is the answer to weight loss. They are literally scared of eating food because they are scared to gain weight. This makes me so sad!
Before we get into the reason why under eating isn’t helpful for weight loss, I want to help you identify if you might be an under eater. Here are some common traits that I have seen when women under eat:
- skipping meals
- ignoring hunger cues
- don’t eat any snacks throughout the day
- go to sleep hungry
- “I’m going out for dinner tonight so I’ll save my calories for later”
- drink coffee to suppress appetite
- drink coffee instead of breakfast then wait until 11am to eat
- intense sugar, salt, or fat cravings
Okay so let’s break this down….
Food is NOT the enemy.
If you are restricting food because you think that it’s going to make you gain weight, you are following a common toxic belief that food is the enemy. Most likely somewhere deep down you feel that eating food makes you gain weight. Don’t worry, you didn’t come up with this belief on your own- you were taught this CRAZY belief by various diets, advertisements, and in society. This belief makes absolutely no sense. Even worse, it doesn’t actually help with fat loss.
The reason why this doesn’t make sense is because we, as humans, need food to survive. Food is essential to our existence. Fearing food is like fearing the air that we breathe or the water that we drink. It’s absolutely crazy!
By restricting your food intake, you are putting your body into a stress response. Under eating causes your brain to think that you are in a starvation mode so it starts to turn on your fat storage capacity. Being in a stress mode causes the following cascade of events in your body:
- cortisol increases (this is your stress hormone)
- insulin spikes (this is your blood sugar hormone)
- fat storage increases (your metabolism slows down)
As you can probably see by now, under eating is not your friend if you are trying to lose weight.
So what should you do instead?
NOURISH your body. With real whole foods that taste good.
SLOW DOWN while eating to create a relaxation response in the body for optimal metabolism.
EATING RHYTHM: eat consistently throughout the day. Start with 3 meals and 1-2 snacks.
BALANCE your macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates, and healthy fats)
I believe that you can eat food, enjoy your food, and lose weight all at the same time. It doesn’t have to be an either/or equation. I have seen this work for myself and for many of my committed clients who have successfully transitioned out of dieting mode and into a more nourishing relationship with food.
If you are tired of dieting and looking for a healthier and more sustainable approach to weight loss, I would love to schedule a call to chat more about your goals. To set up a call, you can e-mail me or simply fill out my application online to see if we are a good fit to achieve your goals together.
“Before we started working with Amy, both of us were feeling the effects of carrying around the extra weight, from digestive issues, little to no energy, and even having problems moving around. We’ve tried other “diets” and I always felt deprived. We were sure that this time, we wanted to adopt a healthy lifestyle for our family permanently. Through the 3-month Nourished Balance couples program we learned that eating healthy can taste good. We have both lost weight, we have more energy, better complexion, and feel confident with our food choices without feeling restricted.” – Melinda and Josh