Sometimes our medical weight loss clients, or those maintaining their weight after a significant loss, are surprised to hear us say that they need to eat more of something. But that can often be the case if your body isn’t getting the correct balance of certain nutrients. In particular, protein is incredibly important to maintaining muscle tissue and keeping your blood sugar levels even, while also preventing cravings. But some people aren’t eating enough of it.
Some of you are following a medical weight loss plan, whereas others just want to stay healthy and consume a nutritious, anti-aging diet. Either way, you probably aren’t accustomed to being told that you need to eat more of something! But that is often the case with protein. If any of the following four situations apply to you – especially if several of them apply – we should discuss your protein intake in more detail.
When you’re following a medical weight loss plan, the basic idea is that you must consume fewer calories than you burn through activity and general metabolic processes. And so, any eating plan will revolve around choosing appropriate foods and eating the right portion sizes.
But in addition to that, you might have read that the time of your meals can matter. Some people believe that because your metabolism slows as you’re sleeping, eating a big meal before bed is a bad idea because you won’t be able to burn off the calories. Generally speaking, they’re right. But that doesn’t mean you have to go to bed starving, if you’re feeling famished at the end of the day.
When you first start a healthy eating plan, giving up your favorite foods might be one of your main concerns. Change is good, especially healthy changes, but none of us like the idea of losing too much of the things we enjoy. Well, for you cheese lovers out there, we have some good news: Yes, cheese can be a part of a healthy diet!
You’ve probably heard a lot about “inflammation”, and your impression is that it’s a bad thing. Actually, when the body’s immune system activates to fight off an invader (such as a virus or bacteria), inflammation can be a good thing! But when the immune system fails to “switch off”, chronic inflammation can definitely become a problem and cause serious damage. That’s the type of inflammation you’ve probably heard about, and the type that our medical weight loss plan seeks to address.
As you are well aware, cold and flu season is going strong this winter. Those, and other viruses, tend to flourish in indoor locations during the cool months of the year. And you know that regularly washing your hands, avoiding close contact with others, and refraining from touching our faces can help to prevent the spread of viruses. But what else can you do?
When it comes to weight loss, everyone seems to have different opinions on what works and does not work. Some swear that certain foods or beverages aided their efforts, while others will swear to you that they will undermine your entire plan. So who is right? And how much weight do we give to personal anecdotes?
When you’re following a weight loss plan, it can feel tempting to focus on all of the “off limits” foods. Why is it that the most tempting, delicious foods are the ones we aren’t supposed to eat too often? But focusing on that concept can only make those items seem even more alluring. And there’s no point in making yourself miserable!
Following your eating plan can feel easy when you’re hanging out around the house. But when you head out to the office, temptation is everywhere. From the vending machines in the break room to the fast food restaurants down the street, it seems junk food is calling to you at lunch time. The solution is to pack your own lunch and stick to it.