With my upcoming Never Diet Again Workshop, I thought I’d give you a little preview of some of the information you may learn about using food for energy to work towards your goals instead of restriction.
There is a lot more to learn about how to stop dieting, but this is a BIG start. So keep reading to learn some key factors to using food for energy.
Where do we get energy from? The short answer is food. But there is a longer answer.
There are only 3 nutrients that we can actually get energy from. Yes, there are other nutrients that can help us USE that energy more productively and efficiently, but they don’t actually provide the energy we need. The 3 nutrients that do provide it are carbohydrates, fats, and protein.
You may be thinking: but those foods are so high in calories! That’s TRUE. Because guess what… CALORIES ARE UNITS OF ENERGY. So the more calories something has, the more energy it provides.
When We Limit Foods for Energy
When we restrict ourselves from any one of these 3 nutrients, we are essentially restricting our energy. Less calories = less energy.
SO many times my clients resist when I first tell them to eat peanut butter with their fruit because peanut butter is high in fat or high in calories and I tell them, YES IT IS. That’s WHY I want you to eat it. Because I want your energy to be so high that you can accomplish everything you want to accomplish in this life.
When you’re dieting and restricting your intake, you are taking away your fuel. You’re left wondering why you didn’t make it to the gym even though you really wanted to, or why you were so stressed and exhausted all day, or why you ended up binge-eating when you came home. The reason is NOT that you suck. Trust me. You’re awesome. It’s because you didn’t have the energy. You took away your energy when you took away your food!
5 Key Factors to Using Foods for Energy
- Stop eliminating entire food groups. As I said before, there are only 3 nutrients that provide us with energy: carbohydrates, fats, and protein. When you cut out food groups, you are cutting out one or more of these nutrients, therefore, cutting out a 3rd of your energy!
- Eat when you’re hungry. When you ignore your hunger, you’re depriving your body of what it needs. It gets hungry because it is telling you that it needs more energy! If you don’t ever feel hungry, you may need to check your body’s cues because you’ve been ignoring your hunger for so long. Signs of hunger include fatigue, lack of concentration, lightheadedness, decreased energy. Don’t skip a meal or stop after your first serving for the sake of sticking to your calories or points. If you’re hungry, eat!
- Include all 3 nutrients in each meal if possible. Apple and peanut butter, eggs and toast, steak and potatoes. These meal combinations contain all 3- carbs, fats, and proteins. This keeps your metabolism going (which helps you use the energy you consume), and stabilizes your blood sugar in order to prevent a crash.
- Choose fresh, whole foods as much as possible. Processed foods tend to have an over-abundance of things like added sugar, sodium, and trans fats. These things can make you feel sluggish because of blood sugar crashes and bloating. Therefore, they’re not great for your energy and you won’t end up using the energy the processed foods provide. Fresh, whole foods have more nutrients and are naturally balanced for perfect energy. So choose whole grains, less processed dairy and cuts of meat, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Incorporate fruits and vegetables. Vegetables and some fruits may be lower in nutrients like carbs, fats, and proteins that provide us energy, but they’re high in fiber and micronutrients. Micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) can help us USE the energy we eat more efficiently.
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