Are Your Eating Habits As Healthy As You Think?

Are Your Eating Habits As Healthy As You Think?

By Nicole Hogan-Jenkins | Expert Fitness Trainer

You’ve given your daily menu a complete overhaul, but you are still having a little trouble reaching your health goals. Switching from fried foods to grilled or baked and substituting fruits for cupcakes is not an easy task, so it can be frustrating when you aren’t seeing results. It may be time to take a closer look at some of your choices in nutrition. Something as simple as your beverage choices can cause stalls in weight loss. Taking time to reevaluate your healthy eating habits can boost your results and save you a lot of headaches further down the road.

Happy Hour May Not Be Your Friend

You’re eating healthy and staying active, so you think a little happy hour fun couldn’t hurt. Consuming alcohol can cause muscle loss, disrupt your sleep and fill your body with empty calories; all very important factors when trying to lose weight.

happy hour with wine

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According to the American Council on Exercise, a 12 ounce beer can contain 150 calories. Alcohol is filled with empty calories, meaning they don’t provide any nutrients to the body. Drinking an average of four beers per day can increase your weekly calorie intake by over 4,000 calories, which equates to a pound of excess calories per week. I had a client who was eating pretty well, she had food allergies so she was limited to lean proteins, fruits, veggies and some nuts. She also exercised at least five days per week and couldn’t understand why she wasn’t losing any weight. Once we started keeping a detailed food journal, we noticed that she enjoyed her cocktails when out with clients during the week and with friends on the weekends. When she limited her alcohol consumption to the weekends, she experienced a decrease in weight the following month. Drinking alcohol in moderation can have positive affects like reduced stress and increased HDL cholesterol or good cholesterol; just limit yourself to no more than one drink per day.

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Convenient Foods

Frozen dinners, pre-made foods and fat-free snacks seem like healthy choices when making an effort to be healthier, but processed foods may contain ingredients that can sabotage your results. A low-calorie microwavable meal is better than eating a burger, fries and soda from a fast food restaurant. However, according to the BBC News, processed meals can be high in sodium, saturated fats and sugars.

Healthy frozen meal section not so healthy

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When I began my fitness journey, my kitchen was stocked with frozen meals and diet foods. I would lose maybe 10 pounds and my weight loss would always plateau. Little did I know that my fat-free potato chips and cookies were filled with chemicals and sugars that were stalling my weight loss. When I eliminated processed foods and switched to whole foods in their most natural form, I instantly noticed changes in my body. Although some convenient foods are marketed as a healthier option, they may not be the best choice for your goals.

When cleaning up your eating habits, it is important to comb through your daily menu with a fine toothed comb. Switching out small items like your favorite chocolate fiber bars or 100 calorie snacks can have a positive effect on your weight loss.  It may seem like a pain at first, but uncovering the items that may be stalling your results will save you a lot of frustration.

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