Eating Your Way to a Bikini Body
By: Leeron Zion - Health & Wellness Coach & Founder of HolisticLee Happy
With pool parties, beach hangouts with friends, al fresco dining, and cute bikinis, its no wonder we all anxiously look forward to the summer. However, during my four years of living in Tel Aviv I quickly noticed how in the few months leading up to summer, girls would start consuming less and less. When they did eat, it usually involved low-fat cheeses, low-calorie bars, and lots of cucumbers.
As a holistic health & wellness coach, you’ll never see me bashing anyone for eating too many vegetables. But I am about to dispel some myths, which may be preventing you from getting the bikini body you want. If you’ve ever checked the back of a packet for the number of calories or chosen a certain food because it was either Fat-Free or low-fat, this one’s for you!
If you’ve reduced the number of calories you consume, you’re not alone. Governments, doctors, and dieticians have been promoting that idea that calories in minus calories out leads to weight loss. This damaging lie is based on the Energy Balance Hypothesis. The biggest problem with this is that it implies that all calories are the same. By this logic a diet of 1,800 calorie of coke is equal to a 1,800 calorie diet of kale or quinoa. Even a 5-year-old could see that there’s something wrong with that. And he/she would be right – its just scientifically WRONG. And let’s face it, if it were right, we’d all be hot and bikini-body ready, wouldn’t we?
So here’s what you need to know: All calories are NOT created equal and WHAT you eat is much more important than HOW MUCH you eat. This is because it’s not the calories that count, rather the nutrients in food. Think of these nutrients as information, which controls your hormones, appetite, immune system, digestion, and other bodily functions. It is these functions – not the calories - that determine whether or not you will lose weight or not.
While grocery shopping, many people choose the Fat-Free or low-fat option, in the hopes that it will lead to considerable weight loss. The reason behind this is that fats hold much less calories than carbs (9kcal vs 4kcal). Big food and medicine corporations have leveraged that information and convinced you that fat is unhealthy. Food corps benefit because then you’ll buy their processed Low/Fat-Free products and the medicine industry benefits because it keeps you sick, which leaves you coming back for more medicine.
Now, in order to keep low-fat foods tasting good, they’re supplemented with lots of added sugars and chemical fillers. Even if there’s no ‘real’ sugar, they usually added artificial sweeteners, which behave like sugar in the body. The truth is that dietary fat speeds up your metabolism, while sugar slows it down. Healthy fats help prevent inflammation – a huge factor that contributes to fat retention, while sugar slows it down. The recently popularized ketogenic diet is based upon this very foundation.
So, rather than reducing calories, focus on avoiding high processed, refined, and fast foods. Instead, choose to eat a wide range of real, fresh, natural foods, such as vegetables, nuts, seeds, some fruits, whole grains, and, organic, hormone-free meat and cheese. These foods are all high in fiber and will provide all the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals necessary for your body to function optimally to facilitate healthy weight-loss.
Some good foods to include in your diet are: dark leafy greens, crunchy vegetables, healthy fats like avocados, olive oil, coconut butter, walnuts, and almonds, low GI fruits including all the berries, whole grains such as whole brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, and seeds like chia, flax, and hemp.
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Leeron Zion of HolisticLee Happy is a Health & Wellness Coach focusing on holistic health. She specializes in gut health optimization, anxiety management, and helping clients lead balanced lifestyles.