First a little information on what exactly protein is and how our bodies use this vital nutrient. Protein is an essential macro-nutrient our bodies cannot live without. It contains nitrogen, which is responsible for the growth and repair of every cell in your body. Protein is made up of twenty different amino acids, 9 of which our bodies cannot produce. So we need to get these 9 essential amino acids from the food we eat.
When you think of going on a “diet” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If you thought lower my carb intake, you’re not alone. Although there are a myriad of diets out there, one of the most common misconceptions is that you have to banish carbs to get the body of your dreams. This simply is not true.
It is true that if you drop your carbohydrate intake, and in this case I am talking about starchy processed carbs, your weight will drop, but honestly, a lot of it will be from water.
We all know that drinking water is good for us, but do you know why? Do you know how much you should be drinking? Are you aware of all the benefits of drinking water? IF not, it’s time to learn why you need focus on the most important macronutrient: WATER.
I work with a lot of men and women trying to teach them how to shift their mindset from being on a diet to learning how to create a lifestyle that supports their goals. One of the biggest struggles they have is learning how to eat out at a restaurant without “blowing” their diet. It's much easier to just eat at home, since you know exactly what is going into your food. When eating out, you have no idea just how much fat, sodium, or other hidden calories could be hidden in your meal.
We really are what we eat. Feed yourself a diet compromised of processed foods, drink diet sodas and coffee all day, and believe me you will get depressed. Of course there are many other reasons for depression and you should seek medical advice if you are suffering from this debilitating disease. You can, however, help your body and your mind by feeding it the right foods. More and more studies are coming out that support our abilities to alleviate, if not cure, anxiety, depression, insomnia and a host of other disorders through nutrition.
Why go through hours of exercise to lose weight? Cut back on your portion sizes and you’ll be sure to drop a few pounds.
If you want to be able to eat pizza, ice cream, heaping bowls of pasta and enjoy bread and butter before your meal just exercise harder or longer.
Calories in versus calories out: simple right, and doesn’t It makes sense? Well, I hate to break it to you but it’s not quite that simple. In order to get resultS, and I mean lasting results, you’ll need to do both.
I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve heard both men and women tell me that they can’t lose weight because they have a slow metabolism, or because they are over 40, or 50 and their metabolism has slowed down and they accept the fact that they won’t be able to lose weight. Well, nothing could be further from the truth. Do things slow down as we get older? Sure they do. Does that mean you have to settle for being overweight or unfit? Absolutely not.
It can be quite confusing trying to figure out the right road to take on your fitness journey. You could of course go it alone, sorting through the myriad of information out there, do some research to find out which information is valid and then put together a resistance training program that fits your needs, balance it with a proper nutrition plan and then work on behavior modification to help you turn these new habits into a healthy lifestyle as well update your program monthly to ensure you continue to get results.
Sound confusing? It is. That’s why there are professionals out there to help you on this most difficult road.
But who is it you should be seeking for help on your weight loss journey? Here’s a quick rundown on what you can expect when working one on one with each these professionals.
Lisa Swanson is an ACE certified Health Coach, Personal Trainer and Orthopedic Exercise Specialist as well as a certified PN level 1 nutritionist. With over 30 years experience helping women turn their lives around she can easily adapt programs to meet your specific needs.
Check out my interview with the Magnificent Midlife podcast on staying fit and healthy long-term.