In some of my weekly roundups, I’ve talked about how I realized I wasn’t eating enough through tracking food again with My Fitness Pal. I saw that at some points I was at 800-900 calories a day and that is NOT okay! My body was starting to tell me something – and I had to listen. I’ve had this conversation with a few people around me and some others about people wanting to cut back on their food because they think that’ll help them lose weight. Less food in means less fat out right?
Most times, when we’ve been through a weight loss journey it was from eating too much – the case for me. However, many issues with weight increase (or loss many times) can stem from taking in too FEW of the calories you need a day and from the proper sources for those.
The thing to keep in mind is the KIND of calories you choose to take in and how those are used within the body.
Let’s look at a real life example using my personal choices THEN and NOW >>
My ‘old self’ would choose to eat an entire Totino’s pizza for dinner. Yup! I’d even fold it in half and treat it like one big pizza slice. Then, I’d wonder why I was hungry and feeling bloated an hour or so later. Keep in mind that the label showed “2 servings” in the pizza – no sir it was not!
INSTEAD, I would now choose to get a BIG Qdoba Burrito bowl, naked, with chicken and veggies (sometimes rice) with 10g less fat, 55 less carbs, 8g more of protein, 1/2 the calories, and loads more nutritional value from the natural whole food ingredients in it.
Now, the pizza shows there is actually Iron and Vitamin A in the pizza. Some would think this is beneficial – remember if you get your vitamin sources from a natural source it does absorb more naturally into the body. Plus, the list of ingredients you can’t pronounce over there on the right – yeah, that’s cause for concern and I’m glad I haven’t had one of those in ages…especially not on a regular basis.
My “Old” me would eat more calories and not enough nutrition, therefore feeling hungry even after a whole pizza. The “New” me would rather eat more food [in volume] that also has the bonus of being beneficial to my nutritional needs.
You want to treat your body like the engine that it is too. If you take in UNDER the amount of calories you need for it to function, it WILL shut dan and not perform as it should. Take breakfast, for example. It’s called BREAKFAST for a reason – you need to break the fast that your body undertook while you were sleeping. Skipping breakfast confuses the body and causes it to ‘hold on’ to what fat and energy you DO have because it’s unsure what your thought process is.
MORAL OF THE STORY: Eat enough of the RIGHT foods each day to ensure that your body is FUELED properly for what you want it to accomplish!
Have you taken a deeper look into the content of what you eat through tracking or journalling?