Whether your diet is wonderful already, or needs some help, there are a few quick guidelines to always follow for a diet that both boosts metabolism and also protects the body from health complications, stress and fatigue. Ask your health coach or Dietitian to help find solutions that work for you, and follow these quick tips:
1. plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds
2. Omega-3 rich fish 2-4 times per week, and
3. Foods from less processed, natural sources
Fad diets may promise fast results, but such diets limit your nutritional intake, can be unhealthy, and tend to fail in the long run. There are several ‘diets’ or ways of eating that are correlated with weight loss and overall improved health outcomes, but most of the widely effective and long-lasting ones involve balanced eating without excessively avoiding a food group. When we avoid an entire food group, carbohydrates, for example, we can not only shock the body into a drop in metabolism, but we oftentimes end up filling our stomach with more harmful things, instead.
There is no magic numbers that everyone should follow for calorie restriction, but the standard recommendation is between 45-60% of the meal from natural fruits and starches and whole grain carbohydrates, 20-30% from healthy proteins, and 20-30% from healthy fats.
We often try to eat healthy, but for many of us, we want a special day of the week to treat ourselves for a job well-done, give in to the cravings just a little, or share a special meal with friends and family. We call these days ‘cheat’ days. Some people advocate for a special treat food on the cheat day, while others believe in a cheat meal. Regardless, we should not take this literally as an entire day of dietary cheating. In fact, I’d actually suggest to not call it cheating at all - I don’t want to feel bad about what I’m doing, so instead of calling it cheating, I call it ‘treating’.
Whatever your goals for your weight, it is important to eat natural, healthful, balanced meals, and keep on a regular routine to keep your metabolism revved. Avoid junk foods, and keep your special treats in your diet to just one meal, or just one food, instead of an entire day. And always remember that your care team is in your corner, ready to provide you with support to prevent you from getting off your diet, and to help you get back on routine when you’ve fallen off. Chat with us today!