Do This Instead Of Counting Calories

By · April 10, 2013 · Dieting Health Healthy Eating Lose Weight Maintaining Weight Through the Holidays Motivation Nutrition Psychology of Eating Uncategorized Weight Loss · Leave a comment

Thoughts are powerful allies in the game of weight loss. A simple shift in your mindset can have a profound effect on your actions.

For years I have been teaching my clients to “think light”.

What do I mean by this?

I mean that I don’t want you to think about calories; it’s more about the density of the foods you eat.

For example, when we think of a bowl of pasta, we think of this as a heavier meal, than say a salad or a piece of fish. Heavier foods have less water content; think breads, potatoes, grains, casseroles, stews, etc.

Lighter foods contain more water; like fruits, veggies, soups and salads. Even a piece of steak can feel harder to digest than chicken or fish.

Interestingly, many of these “lighter feeling” foods have fewer calories.

So how do you make this work in your own life?

Take a look at a typical day. Perhaps you start the morning with oatmeal; you have a sandwich for lunch, along with some yogurt and a granola bar. Your afternoon snack might be a bag of popcorn, and dinner could be pizza or a bowl of pasta. This is not an unusual day for a lot of people. Can you see the heaviness in this way of eating? It is not to say that any of these foods are bad, it is too much of the same foods in one day.

Now let’s lighten things up. What if you start the day with a bowl of fruit, a boiled egg and a piece of toast? Lunch is a salad with grilled chicken and an apple, snack is baby carrots with some hummus, and dinner is grilled fish with broccoli and quinoa. Can you see how you would feel lighter (and healthier!) after a day like this?

Also, most meals/foods can be made lighter with the addition of fruit, salad or veggies. It’s all about balance.

Now apply this philosophy to your own eating and see how easy it is. Instead of thinking about calories, think “light”.

Remember, weight loss is not hard; you just have to “lighten up”.

Leave me a comment below and tell me how this new mindset has changed your eating.

If you find that counting calories and dieting is just not working for you, and you would like a better way to lose weight, contact me for a FREE Get Acquainted Call.

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