Snacking: Do’s and Don’ts

Food nutrition

I’m eating healthy and snacking throughout the day. Why aren’t I losing any weight?
–Jen (Calabasas)

Eating healthy is a dynamic subject. First, we need to address what is “healthy”. Second, we need to take a look at daily caloric needs and break it up into no more than 6 meals (unless you are an athlete). Third, we need to make sure that your endocrine system and liver are functioning properly.

In general, eating healthy means that you are consuming a balance of non-processed or minimally processed carbohydrates, protein and fats. The carbohydrates should be raw or cooked vegetables or fruits. The protein is best if organically sourced due to the excess of hormones in non-organic meats. The fats should be non-trans fat and saturated fat is more of a controversial topic. If you follow a Keto meal plan then you will be eating tons of fats (minus the trans fats). If you are following a more traditional macro meal plan, such as protein 45%, carbohydrates 35% and fats 20%, then focus more on healthy fats such as walnuts, avocado and olive oil. Also, dairy should be avoided. Look for our newsletter coming soon on “All about dairy” as I will break down the science on dairy products.

What most people don’t realize is that you need to pause for a minimum of two hours between meals in order to give the digestive system a rest. If it’s never resting then it won’t operate at peak performance, which means that your metabolism will NOT be kind to you. In other words, you will not lose weight by snacking all day. Eat medium sized meals to give your system something substantial to work with in order to keep your metabolism revving in gear.

In order to kick it up another gear, well that requires a change in your macro ratio intake as well as some exercise!

Make sure and visit your Eastern or Western doctor to check your liver and your hormone function to ensure that your weight concern is not due to a malfunction in either of those departments. Your thyroid is responsible for producing hormones, which convert oxygen and calories into energy throughout your whole body. It controls your metabolism. So, if you have tried every diet on the planet and nothing seems to be working you may have an underlying health concern. Don’t avoid the red flags. Your body needs you to listen to it.

Quick tip: Try doing a fasting run or other cardio first thing in the morning for 30 minutes 2-3 times per week for 6 weeks. This means you wake up, do not eat a single piece of anything (not even iced tea), and go do your cardio. You can eat your first meal of the day 30 minutes after you are done. This gives your body a bit of time to cool down and reach homeostasis again. But, your metabolism will be revving much higher all day because of this. DO NOT try this if you have hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).

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