All Calories are NOT Created Equal

What you eat can greatly effect your hormones and metabolism. For the better or for worse! Calorie counting is one way to lose weight. Another way that’s worked for me is what I call “clean” eating.

On this diet I eat lean meats, high fiber (lots of vegetables,) fat, and cut out most carbs. It’s a variation on the Paleo or South Beach Diet. High protein helps you to gain muscle and lose fat. I have been more successful eating this way because I’m not hungry all the time, like I’ve been when counting calories.

Eat less sugar and starch (carbs.) Insulin is known as the fat storage hormone. It is secreted at higher levels when you eat refund sugars and carbohydrates making it more difficult to lose fat. For those high fat meals you may regret, try Fat Fighters! The supplement blocks some of the fat and carbohydrates from your meal so your body doesn’t absorb it.

Eat more protein. Protein is the king of all nutrients! It boosts your metabolism and keeps you fuller for longer. Every meal should include protein, fat, and vegetables. Eat between 0.5 – 1.0 grams of protein per pound of body weight. (For example a 150 lb women would eat between 75-150 grams per day.)

Drink water, coffee, or tea. Avoid soda, juice, beer, and other sugary drinks. They are an empty source of calories. Meaning your body does not feel satiated when you intake them.

If you can stomach it chili peppers have a substance called capsaicin, which some studies have shown reduces appetite and increases metabolism. One of my favorite supplements is called Thermofit. It is made with capsaicin, you get all the benefits of chili peppers, without the burn!

Some of my favorite foods are listed below:

  • greek yogurt (I like Oikos or Fage)
  • cottage cheese
  • milk 2% or soy
  • black beans
  • tuna
  • chicken breast
  • tilapia (Costco has my favorite, panko crusted!)
  • steak
  • ground beef
  • eggs
  • turkey
  • peanut butter
  • mixed nuts
  • quinoa
  • oatmeal
  • brown rice
  • ProFit protein smoothie (add milk and strawberries, then blend with ice. So good!)
  • spinach
  • kale
  • broccoli (I’ve been really into broiling broccoli with some olive oil and sea salt. Yum!)
  • avocado

Some great snacks you can just throw in your purse:

  • jerky
  • string cheese
  • apples
  • nuts
  • protein bar

women's health protein pic

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