Bottom line is you have to take less calories in that you burn in order to lose weight. When, though, does quality of the calories matter? Many people will wonder why they are having trouble losing weight when they don’t each much throughout the day. Well part of the problem is the quality of foods they are consuming. You can spend little of your day eating and take in 1500 calories, but what foods are you eating? Do you skip breakfast for a sugary coffee drink? (I gained 40 lbs doing that one) Or do you skip lunch and eat a bag of chips at your desk because you are too busy at work to leave? If these sound familiar, you may be doing a serious injustice to your metabolism. These foods slow down your metabolism and cause your body to take longer to burn the consumed calories. In order to keep motor running, you have to add quality fuel. Just like a car, if you put quality fuel in your body, you will have better energy and a smoother running metabolism. So trade your high calorie mocha for coffee and milk with oatmeal and fruit for breakfast. If you’re like my husband, breakfast is just not your thing, and that’s OK. All you have to do is get something small like fruit and yogurt into your belly to warm the engine.
To keep that body humming throughout the day, eat lots of healthy snacks. The best way to do that is pack snack bags filled with fruits and veggies and maybe some nuts to munch on all day long. This will keep you from hitting the wall at 2PM and proceeding down the hall for the walk of shame to the vending machine. If you do break down and hit the break room for a chocolate bar or a bag of chips; I’m sad to say that it is only going to cause you to feel irritable and dissatisfied when you’re done. Instead grab my favorite snack, apples and peanut butter or almond butter or hummus and veggies. You want a good combination of fiber filled carbs and lean protein.
Even though to lose weight you have to consume less calories than you expend, ask yourself if the calories you’re consuming are going to enhance your metabolism or slow it down.