Understanding Your Body Language To Lose Weight
With every moment, your body is giving you continuous feedback, and this includes feedback about what your body needs for peak performance. And peak performance here means about your body functioning at it’s best and converting food to energy, not fat. Peak performance is not just about running a marathon or climbing a mountain.
Paying attention and acting appropriately to what your body tells you can help you lose unwanted weight, increase energy and improve health and wellbeing.
Nothing has more influence on your health, weight and waistline than the food you eat day in day out.
Satisfaction after eating
You’ll get some of the clearest signals from your body after eating – when you will either feel fully satisfied or unsatisfied. If you still feel hungry you may want to eat more in the form of snacks, more at your next meal or sugary drinks.
If you experience any food cravings after a meal, especially sweet cravings or the sense of feeling physically full without being satisfied, then these are strong indications that you didn’t get the right fuel mix – the ratio of proteins, carbs and fats – during your meal.
So this means you did not get the right balance of protein (meat, poultry, sea food, beans, eggs, nuts) fats, and carbohydrates (grains, fruits, cereals, pasta, breads). When you get the right balance, losing weight and keeping it off gets easier.
You had too much of one and not the other, and as a result your body can’t convert your food to energy in the right way. If you find yourself in this position, try eating more of what you felt you missed, either protein or carbs, rather than choosing a sweet option.
Often, the need is for more protein, as it’s easy to eat too much starchy carbohydrates, like bread cereal, grains, potatoes etc. Eating the right fuel mix leads to losing weight since your body is converting the fuel into energy, and not storing it as fat.
Variations in the day
Your optimal balance of protein, fat and carbs may vary throughout your day as well as from one meal to another. For example, is it a working day or day off, are you home or traveling, busy or resting?
You can experiment with different portions at your meals until you find the right balance for you. How do you do this? to get an idea for the direction you need to go in, you can try going to extremes. Try an all protein meal and note how you feel, or try a carb only meal and see how you feel then. Keep adjusting until you find the right balance.
You may find a difference in times of the year too, in cooler temperatures we need more protein and in warmer temperatures we need less protein and fat.
If you experience high levels of stress, you will need more protein. So try increasing your protein intake in relation to your carb intake.
Either try having more protein during a meal, or add an extra protein meal to your day, or snacks. An easy way to eat more protein is to have nuts or boiled egg as a snack.
Losing the weight and keeping it off
Remember to always eat protein, fat and carbohydrate together for a meal. It’s only when combined, that these macronutrients (proteins, fat and carbs) can create the ideal fuel mix for your body.
The right fuel mix means that your body fully converts food to energy, this allows your body to function metabolically efficiently AND that your food is fully converted to energy and not stored as fat.
Taking the time to fine tune your diet will make you feel better and you will naturally lose weight and burn unwanted fat at the same time.