Raise your hand if you’re trying to lose weight. Me, Me, Me!
Now raise you’re hand if you believe a banana will help you lose weight.
Wrong. A common misconception among weight lossers is that healthy foods are the foods that will help them slim down. This is wrong and it took me years of failed dieting to figure this out. There are healthy foods and there are weight loss foods. I’m not talking about low fat, low calorie highly processed foods either. Certain natural foods promote weight loss, sustain blood sugar and encourage fat burn more than others. While a banana offers an array of health benefits, don’t let a healthy food be confused with a weight loss food.
Contrary to popular belief, a banana can actually prevent you from losing weight. While a banana is a fruit, a healthy one at that, it’s a carbohydrate. A high carbohydrate, 27 grams for a medium one. When carbohydrates are taken into the body, they’re converted to energy. Over time the body begins to rely solely on this energy source. It basically gets lazy and stops working. So instead of burning the energy it already has stored, it relies on what you feed it.
What weight losesers fail to understand is that in order to lose weight, their bodies need to be re-trained to burn its own fat for energy instead of relying on the energy it gets from food. The key is not to cut carbohydrates altogether because after all, the body still needs them but to strike a balance.
During my weight loss, I avoided high carbohydrate foods for 6-8 months and gradually re-introduced them into my diet once my body understood how to burn its own fuel again and after I had lost significant weight. I eliminated high carbohydrates such as bananas, pineapple, potatoes, oatmeal, bread, pasta, corn from my diet. I still ate fruit and some rice because carbs are good just less of them and ones with lower content per serving. This temporary elimination combined with increased fitness was what made me successful in my weight loss. This was my balance.
Weight loss is confusing. It conflicts with what it means to eat for fitness and being an athlete. The majority of blogs and magazines are geared towards an athlete not a weight losser. Last I checked, the average person looking to shed pounds isn’t usually training for a marathon. Eating for fitness training & weight loss are two different things.
Whether it be 5 pounds, 20 pounds or 100 pounds. The key is to not listen to the athletes and find your balance for your lifestyle. I know my weight losesrs are out there. You’re my silent readers who rarely comment or speak up. But you’re the ones I get 99% of reader emails from asking for weight loss advice. I know you’re out there reading this, looking for help on your weight loss journey. I encourage you to find your balance, not eat the way the marathoners do and think twice about that banana.
Thank you for your emails and courage to send questions. Keep sending them. You’re my inspiration.
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