Oh... this is such a common trap that I see people easily falling into.
Then getting really frustrated with the lack of results
So I want to help you out here:
- Apart from water, green teas etc & black coffee, pretty much everything you eat or drink contains calories
- Even food you know to be healthy... still has calories
- Some of the healthy foods have ALOT of calories
- Some companies are lying scrotums and market a food as "healthy" but is loaded with calories and only "healthy" by the flimsiest, narrowest of margins
It takes me back to a conversation I had with a guy a few years ago who was struggling to lose weight.
He told me he was eating healthy and drinking lots of water. He had porridge for breakfast. Lunch might be a sandwich, fruit and packet of crisps (a small treat which is ok). Veg and lean meats for dinner, cooked with spray oil so not over doing it or grilled. Have some healthy-fat nuts for a snack.
You read that and you might also think "yep, that sounds pretty healthy to me."
And on the face of it, it is.
However, I probed a little deeper to find out how much he was eating:
- Usually 2 - 3 bowls of porridge in the morning, with some added extras
- Lunch was fine
- Plenty of water during the day
- Maybe snack on 1 or 2 handfuls of nuts daily
- Dinner was a plate full of veg and meat, often heaped
So from my point of view it was very easy to see that he was just eating too much food.
Because all that food, even the healthy stuff, has calories.
So whilst he was eating healthy food
He was eating way too much of it.
Eating way too many calories.
So if you're struggling to make progress right now and you're convinced you're eating all healthy food then start to look at how many calories are in those foods.
Then keep track somewhere and see how much you're really eating.
Are you eating the rough amount of calories you thought you were or are you surprised how much you're actually eating right now?
This is my, mostly, Personal Trainer musings and information which I hope you'll find helpful!