Why Eating Healthy is Making you Fat
So often we hear the response “eat healthy” when we tell or ask someone about losing weight. Eating healthy is an extremely general statement and can mean many different things to many different people. So many times we hear that and then rely on our perception of what eating healthy is go for it. I mean there’s countless blogs and Instagram posts about healthy foods so all I have to do is eat those foods right?
Well you’re almost right, but believing that eating foods labelled as “healthy” and blindly diving into that sort of diet can make matters worse. I’ve seen it over and over again. People filing their kitchens with organic, gluten-free, dairy-free and non-GMO everything and then expecting those purchases to represent a fat loss diet. Or how about the “I’m going vegan to lose weight” friend? If I had a dollar for every time I seen that idea go south… I’d have about 36 bucks, but hey, that’s my monthly gym membership!
So what’s happening here? Why is the “just eat healthy” advice turning it’s back on some?? Well, although healthy foods are a fantastic and an important first step to take, it must be in combination with eating the right proportions of macronutrients. Fat loss does require some basic nutritional education on proteins, fats and carbohydrates. In other words, you have to kinda know what you’re putting in your body.
Filling your diet with healthy avocados, bananas and oats does NOT get your fat loss results unfortunately. We often take many healthy foods and create delicious, but deadly fattening, combinations with them. Not totally your fault because that’s what so many of these health good pages show us! They make pretty meals out of healthy foods and say “eat this to be healthy!” Sure, but gaining fat doesn’t make you healthy.
I’m sure we have heard many times the importance of protein, so I won’t reiterate the necessity of protein in your diet and preferably throughout the day in every meal. Be aware, however, of the fat and carb content in every meal or snack by either using a nutrition app, like Fitness Pal, or reading nutrition labels. Fat and carb should not be high at the same time if you’re tackling fat loss. The best options for your meals are going to be either:
A) Protein +Fiber + Carb + Minimal Fat
B) Protein + Fiber + Good Fats + Minimal Carbs
Which option better suits you takes some discovery on your part.
The deadly recipe for fat gain = High Carb + High Fat (even good ones) in the same sitting. It’s even worse in the absence of protein!!!
So start gaining awareness of what you’re putting into your body. Learn about the foods and educate yourself and maybe you’ll be surprised at how far off your “healthy diet” is.
If you want help learning how to read nutrition labels for foods that do come in a package, click here to download a simple PDF I’ve put together explaining what you need know and look for.