When it comes to improving your health, you simply cannot ignore your habits. Dieting fails for many reasons, but none more so than the fact that people fail to develop the necessary habits to maintain their health once their initial motivation to change is lost.
Obviously, the content of our food doesn’t change at the strike of 6pm, but our habits do, and it’s this understanding of people’s behaviours, as well as how the body works which has led me to believe that there’s some truth in the fact that eating carbohydrates after 6pm does increase the likelihood of weight-gain.
This might sound counter-intuitive, but drinking a decaf coffee, instead of a caffeinated one could be better for your long-term health.
Coffee is probably the more consumed beverage after water, and for good reason too. I LOVE COFFEE, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon, but what has change is the type of coffee I choose during my first few hours awake.
I was born in the late 80’s, which meant the food pyramid has dominated my entire life. I personally don’t remember when I was taught that 7-9 servings of grains were best for me, but I always remember fat being bad for you.
I spent the first 23 years of my life eating by these standards, and I’ll spend the rest of it helping educate people about how to really eat for their health and wellness.
Our environment is geared to stimulate excess energy consumption and decrease our incidental exercise. Both of which promote unhealthy weight-gain, which is associated with poorer health-related quality of life, shorter life-span and chronic disease.
I recently watched a BBC documentary called ‘Big in The Valleys’, which documented the struggles of obese individuals living in the Welsh Valleys, who were trying to lose weight and improve their physical and mental health markers (like cholesterol, blood pressure and anxiety levels).
My clients and I manage to achieve our goals without counting calories, and so can you.
For years, health and fitness professionals have told us we need to count calories in order to lose weight, but they’re wrong. Not only are they wrong, but they’re blind to their error —they just keep feeding us a weight-loss dogma that clearly doesn’t work, and it diminishes people’s hope of ever finding the lifestyle they desperately crave.
Fasting is simply the act of abstaining from food for a given period of time. Perhaps most importantly, fasting is a detoxification and optimisation strategy, not a starvation method.
But, with the abundance of food and snacks available today, fasting doesn’t happen as naturally as at it used to, even though it’s a strategy that has existed for centuries.
This is a term I refer to often and I developed this concept to help my clients not only stick to their healthier eating habits, but to help increase their free-time whilst simultaneously decreasing the stress surrounding healthier eating.
I understand that people tend to dislike the term diet, however we all have one. Our diet is our preferred way of eating, whether we attach it to weight-loss or not.
As an advocate for a lower carbohydrate lifestyle, I wasn’t surprised to read a that a diet which induced ketosis, helped supress the need to eat. Ketosis is state when ketones bodies are found in the blood, replacing glucose (sugar) for fuel when carbohydrates are low.
Could ketosis be the key to dietary adherence?
Snacking is unnecessary and hinders most people’s health and fitness goals.
We’ve been told to constantly eat in order to keep our metabolism healthy, yet snacks are rarely nutritious, and often energy-dense and sugar and carbohydrate rich. All of which cause more problems than the one they’re intended to support.
JC and The Nutri-Team