Do you find yourself frustrated with your weight loss goals? You think you’re doing the right thing but can’t seem to shift those extra pounds or they aren’t coming off quick enough. Well there could be a good reason for it and it may be just one of the 7 listed below.
Sometimes you have to be more patient when you suddenly start to eat more healthier but there could be other things that go against you. Just read through the list and see if any of these may relate to you. One of these reasons could give you the encouragement to carry on and not give up on your weight loss.
Are you …
1. … eating too much fruit?
Eating too much fruit is easy to do. You push all the junk off your plate in your new eating regimen and replace it with an overload of fruit. Just because fruit is natural doesn’t mean you can go to town. Fruit has fructose, and although some fruit can be very nutritious, consuming too much high-carb fruit can create havoc in the insulin department. A good serving size is a closed handful of berries or chopped fruit, and half of a larger piece of fruit like a grapefruit or a large apple.
2. … eating too many nuts?
Just because nuts are on the low-carb “yes” list doesn’t mean it’s time to scarf! A nut serving size is a closed handful. Period. Not half a bag. Nuts will pile on the pounds if you crunch away on them mindlessly. Also, many nuts have an off-balance omega-6 to omega-3 ratio, which won’t help you move toward health.
3. … keeping foods on the “no” list in your kitchen?
I think you know where I’m going with this. Don’t keep chips and cookies and other high-carb stuff in your pantry or fridge for a rainy day. Donate, or, better yet, toss them. No need to explain this one.
4. … indulging in low-carb treats too often?
I’m glad you’re eating foods with healthy ingredients. Bravo! And if you want to eat low-carb packaged cookies, breads, treats and sweets once in a while, go for it. Just don’t make it routine or the pounds will start creeping on. Low-carb pancakes, breads, muffins, and cookies are totally yummy, but make sure you’re aware of how much you’re actually eating.
5. … skipping the fat?
Many people have ingrained in their minds that fat is evil. Some fats may be, but healthy fats like coconut oil and avocado oil are anything but evil. Adding the right quantities of fat to your diet actually helps you lose fat. Try it; you’ll see.
6. … eating too much healthy fat?
Again, quantity is an issue here. I love coconut fats, olives and avocados, animal fats, nuts and nut butters. They feed our bodies deep nutrition. But when I first started eating low-carb, I downed too many coconut chips and nuts, and was way too liberal with my drizzle oils. When I adjusted the quantities, I adjusted my weight.
Here’s a good guideline: A serving size is no more than two teaspoons of fats and oils (including coconut oil, coconut butter and drizzle oils like olive and avocado oils), or a closed handful of coconut chips, olives or nuts. Count one-half of an avocado as a serving. Full-fat coconut milk is best, and one-third of a can is a serving size.
7. … not measuring your food properly?
You probably don’t need to think about portion control all the time, but you should get used to glancing at your food and making sure you’re not getting three times what your body needs. Figuring out how much food you actually need is a real eye-opener for most people.
In addition to the guidelines for fats that I outlined above, here are some additional rules of thumb. Protein should be the size of the palm of your hand. You can fill the perimeter of your plate with non-starchy veggies. And if you need some starchy or dense carbohydrates, a good serving size is one to two cups, depending on your needs.