Why Eating Less Might Be Bad Advice

Why Eating Less Might Be Bad Advice
I often speak to people in the gym who are struggling to lose weight and get in shape.

"So what do you struggle with?" I ask,

"That's easy, I just eat too much!" they reply,

"I just need to cut down my portion sizes, it's that simple really"

Well is it?

Surely if it was as easy as just eating less, then we'd all be able to get in shape?

Last week I posted two pictures on my Facebook page:

The first picture showed 25g of brazil nuts. These 9 nuts add up to a massive 170kcals!

The second picture showed 130g of Waitrose lemon and herb chicken which equates to 180kcals and 200g of Waitrose edamame bean salad, which works out at only 216kcals.

Which of these is smallest amount of food? The nuts right?

But which of these are likely to fill you up the most? The chicken or the edamame beans (or a combo of both) right?

Even though you'll be eating MORE food, you'll be taking in not many more calories, but will be staying full and satisfied for longer. You see, it's not just about eating less food. If you look at whether the foods you're eating contain more protein, fat or carbohydrate, then it can help you to reduce your calorie intake, without feeling as if you're starving yourself.

The nuts are mostly fat, so although contain loads of nutrients which are really beneficial to your health, they are very calorific, so need to be eaten in small amounts. It's easy to snack on nuts, thinking that they are healthy, while taking in a lot of calories.

The chicken is mostly protein, so this why you can eat a larger volume, but not take in too many calories. Protein is slower digesting, so keeps you satisfied for much longer after eating, thus helping you to reduce calorie intake, but feel full. The beans are a mix of protein and fibre. Fibre is also slow digesting, so again can help to keep you full, improve your health and reduce your calorie intake.

Have a look at your own daily diet and see if there are any 'healthy' foods that could be slowing your fat loss rate.

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