Thanks, Coach Michelle, for last week’s post on the different types of Intermittent Fasting plans that I can follow to lose weight, sleep better, increase my energy and focus, and maintain my overall health. I know when to eat, now the big question is what do I eat?
Now, I get how timing is so important to the success of Intermittent Fasting to burning
extra calories. The next big question, though, is what do I eat?
This week is all about what to look for in your diet to help support you long-term, not only to lose or maintain your weight, but also to feel as healthy as you can, for as long as you can. Let’s face it, folks, we are all expecting to live a longer life.
But are we all thinking about how healthy those extra years are going to be? And are we taking the necessary steps today to make sure we stay as fit, mobile, and alert as we can be right now and to support us in the future?
I will let you in on a secret I learned when I went to nutrition school. There are hundreds of diets out there, some healthy, some fads, and some just plain dangerous.
Of the ones that are most popular (and healthy) right now, such as Paleo, Keto, Mediterranean , Weight Watchers, Volumetrics, MIND diet, Intermittent Fasting and plant-based, they actually have more in common than you might think.
So what exactly do you look for when you are trying to find a way of eating that will work for you?
1) You want something that fits your lifestyle. For example, Intermittent Fasting, which is timed eating may not work for you if your schedule is not regular.
2) You want to make sure that the fuel you are putting in your body is full of nutrients, which means “whole foods”. No amount of dietary restriction will offset eating “junk food”. Thankfully all of these diets tout minimally processed foods.
3) And these whole foods are nutrient dense, meaning that eating healthy food, regardless of whether you are on a high-fat, low carb keto or Paleo, or plant-based Mediterranean diet, you will feel better than eating a diet of highly processed foods from the supermarket or drive-through. Trust me.
4) Choosing whole foods over processed, again, whichever diet, leaves you feel more satiated and less likely to snack, thereby reducing your caloric intake.
5) Often when you start a diet, you also start exercising more, which is encouraged to turbo-charge your results, particularly if you are looking for weight loss.
Honestly, what works optimally for you is going to take some trial and error, however, basing your diet on a real lifestyle change, a real change in your eating habits, will over time work for the best and be sustainable. Crash diets never work. And if you are really stuck, coaching can help. Feel free to reach out to me anytime, for a chat to see if coaching is right for you. I will answer any questions you may have about coaching and give you the skinny (pun intended).
If you were with me on my Intermittent Fasting workshop you know how to get started, and you even got some great recipes to get started. If you missed my workshop last Wednesday, know that I will be hosting another Intermittent Fasting workshop this Wednesday at 7pm on Facebook live. If you join me, you too will get the tools you need to start on the path to healthier eating, and living, including a workbook and recipes!
And mark your calendar for September 14, which is the start of another G.R.I.T. group coaching session in which I take you through a process that will set you up for success! It is 21 days of transforming your goals, eating and exercise to set you on the path to healthy eating, once and for all. You can find more information about GRIT on my website, and I have a special offer, if you sign up for the course by Monday, September 7. Again, check out my website to find out more.
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