Harmonize Fitness
menu
Harmonize Fitness
Diet

It´s not about a diet to lose weight

DSC_0143

When it comes to nutrition or diet our interest is not on finding the best diet to lose weight, keeping that weight off is also part of the goal and more importantly improving and maintaining optimal health.

In most cases, although I could clearly say that always, a diet that focuses on improving your health and maintaining optimal health will help you lose weight and keep it off or gain muscle mass, a diet that focuses on health makes it easier for you to achieve any fitness goal while giving you the freedom to have your favorite meals every now and then or you find ways to make healthier and delicious versions of those meals, snacks or desserts and you can enjoy them every week.

Our weight is a result of our health so the moment you decide to take care of yourself and improve your health you´ll start losing weight, weight loss is not as simple as calories in & calories out, your metabolism, your hormones, your cells all play an important role on your weight they actually determine if you burn fat or if you store fat.

If you´re obese, overweight or if you´ve struggling with your weight, if you find it really hard to lose weight and keeping off the reason why all this is happening is simple, most programs only focus on calories and exercise, they make you eat less and move more without considering hormones and metabolism which are the ones blocking your results and this programs make more damage to your body which is why every time it gets even more harder to lose just a couple pounds and keep them off.

We´re not looking for a diet to lose weight, we´re looking for a diet that fix your hormones and metabolism, a diet that improves your health and this will lead to weight loss and will make it really simple to keep that weight off. For this, what you eat and when you eat matters, your body needs certain nutrients and there are foods that cause a lot of problems to your health, you know there are certain foods you need to avoid because they´re unhealthy, but you don´t know exactly which foods or ingredients to avoid and why.

The first step is to avoid foods and ingredients that cause damage and disruption to your body, this ingredients and foods are highly refined sugars, vegetable or seed oils, trans fats and flours (with the exception of nut flours like almond and coconut flour). This ingredients are the ones creating damage to your hormones and metabolism, the problem is that this ingredients are found in almost all processed and fast foods although there are some companies creating healthy products that don´t contain any of this ingredients so the next time you go grocery shopping you need to read labels and avoid products that contain all this unhealthy ingredients.

The second step is to follow a low carbohydrate diet, we´ve been eating a lot of unhealthy foods for a long time so the first weeks or months you need to follow a more strict plan to fix all the problems going on in your body, for this you need to lower carbohydrates, following a keto diet for a period of time will be beneficial but if you don´t want to go keto then lower your carbs, even the healthy ones.

The last step is time restrictive eating, we´ve been taught that we need to eat every 2 or 3 hours, we need to have three big meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and snacks in between, this is a lie. Our body is able to use stored fat as energy but with all the myths and lies we´ve made our body rely on carbs and sugars for energy so we need to bring it back to relying on fat and having a flexible metabolism. We don´t need to eat every 2 or 3 hours, we don´t need to spike insulin every 2 or 3 hours, by having 2 or 3 meals a day in a 6 to 8 hours window you give time to your body to fix all the problems.

This might seem like a lot and at the beginning it is so take it one step at a time by following this 3 steps you´ll improve your health and find it really easy to lose weight and keep it off.

If you know someone who could benefit from this post please share it with them and don´t forget to follow us on Twitter.

Pam