I get the question all the time “what do you eat to lose weight??”
Well the answer is not so simple. First of all you have to know that everyone’s body is different. We all lost weight differently and we all lose weight at different rates.
What is the same is the tools on how you figure out how to lose the weight.
- Calories, if your consuming to many…. you won’t lose weight.
- Whole foods, yep this means you have to eat your veggies
- Exercise…. does that mean you have to be a body builder? No.
Let’s look at calories. When I first started if you asked me how many calories I consumed in a day, I would have said: “I’m not sure, but I would guess about 2,500 and I eat pretty healthy” And then I downloaded this free little app called “my net diary”. Guess what? My “I eat pretty healthy and 2,500 calories, well I consumed that by 3:00pm and the bulk of my food was still to come. The worst part, I drank most of my calories. Including milk, pop and caribou coffee. Download the app and start plugging in EVERYTHING you eat. Then just use it as a guideline, letting you know where you are at. For me it was shocking how much sugar I consumed and how little protein I ate.
As a rule: 30% healthy fat, 30% healthy carbs and 40% Protein.
Whole foods, why do we hate our veggies so much? I can tell you… because we don’t know how to prepare them! Go into any fine restaurant and you will eat your veggies right? Those amazing little carrots with the stems still on them, how can they taste so good? and seriously why do Brussel sprouts or green beans always taste so much better when I eat out verses when I make them? Because they know how to cook them! Instead of boiling or stemming the heck out of your veggies, try this next time: Set your oven on 350 degrees. Cut up all your veggies toss them in a zip lock bag, 1 Tbs. of olive oil or better yet coconut oil. a couple of twists of pink Himalayan sea salt. Shake it up and put on a cookie sheet in the oven for 20 min. BAM! you have some amazing veggies!
Exercise: why does everyone think they need to go out and do some crazy hard workout to get results? You don’t. Even a 30 min walk outside will get your metabolism stimulated. Go for a bike ride, swim, have sex (did I just say that) go dancing! Do something that you LOVE. If you want to try a workout class, I highly recommend a HIIT class that is really going to get your body to burn fat off your body.
So there you have it, some general rules on how to start burning fat. Still feel stuck? Then call me and I will help you through it: 612-454-6409
Oh and as promised….. this is my typical day of eating:
Breakfast: 1 cup egg whites cooked over low heat. toss in 2-3 oz of sweet potato that I baked the night before. 1 green drink: 1 cup of bone broth, handful of organic power greens from target, 1 cutie orange, 1/4 green apple, 1/4 avocado, 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder. add ice and blend well.
Mid morning snack post workout: Protein smoothie: 1 cup water, 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder, 1 tsp pure coco powder, 1 tbl.
PB2, 1/2 frozen banana, ice. blend well and put thermos.
Lunch ( I eat about 1:30) – Grilled chicken tossed in with cauliflower rice (Can buy already made in a bag) shredded carrots, 1 green onion, 1/4 cup peas, I cook all this in a pan in the morning, and then add in 1 tablespoon of coconut tariki sauce. then I bring it to work and eat it cold.
Mid afternoon snack: grilled chicken slices, bubbies sauerkraut. Then go for a walk.
Dinner: Fish tacos (3) or Flank steak and green beans or rotisserie chicken and a bunch of greens.
If I crave something sweet then I will have 1 C. watermelon or 1/2 apple. I also drink 100 oz of water every day.
I want to remind you what I said in the beginning, everyone loses weight differently. Just because you eat like I do does not mean you will lose weight. It’s important to find what works for you!