For more than two decades, I’ve been a dietitian, which is a period for l-o-n-g. Over the years, I’ve had the chance to work with so many wonderful nutrition-related clients, including pregnant women, children, amateur and professional athletes, overweight and obese adults, and elderly people.
Over the years I have learned so much, and while new guidelines and ideas are coming and going, there are six core principles that I wish I had known years ago – and they relate to everyone
Healthy food is not the only thing you can eat.
Studies show that if they think it’s safe, people will subconsciously eat more food. More often than not, there are high-quality diets for clients I see struggling with their weight. Their food newspapers show that they eat lots of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, healthy fats, and carbs of consistency.
So what’s going to give? They’re eating too much, too much. With the oversized portions of today, without realizing it, it is easy to overeat. And even the healthiest foods, if you take too many calories daily, will contribute to weight gain. Perfect your servings if you can connect by paying more attention to how much you eat relative to what is prescribed.
Using mental tricks to keep track of your nutrition
Have you noticed that every day you make over 200 food-related decisions? If you leave those choices to chance, your daily willpower will be depleted— and you are more likely to over-eat. But if you’ve got a schedule for what and when you’re going to eat, you’re going to limit the number of times that you tap into your pool of willpower.
New weight-loss research is focusing on removing many food-related decisions or making healthier options the easiest choice, so your willpower stays strong all day long. To do this, researchers recommend the following: Get adequate sleep (without enough Zz’s, your willpower is weakened, and you’re more likely to make less nutritious choices), and keep your kitchen clean (store the healthiest front-and-center foods so you’re reminded of how convenient they’re to eat).