The key to weight loss is clean eating.
I love to exercise. I have been active three to five times a week since I was 14-years-old, but I don't make the best food choices at times.
Last week, I met with Bellmore Personal Training Institute Nutritionist Beth Christoffersen and learned many shocking things. Even though I have exercised most of my life, my bad eating habits and yo-yo dieting over the years have taken its toll.
Christoffersen weighed me and I already knew how much I weighed, but what she told me next kind of disturbed me. She checked my metabolism age and found that I have the metabolism of a 50-year-old (I am not even 30 yet). After hearing that, I became a little embarrassed and angry at myself.
So after hundreds of exercise classes and years of gaining and losing significant amounts of weight, this is where I stand. And it is because of the types of foods I have consumed.
I grew up in a Caribbean household. So even though I ate many tropical fruits and veggies, I also ate many carbs (rice with every meal) and red meats. As I got older, I ate a little better, but after speaking to Christoffersen, I learned I still have a way to go.
The key word this week is: SUBSTITUTE.
I love rice, but instead of eating white rice, I can eat brown rice. If I want something sweet, I can eat a huge amount of fruits or greek yogurt instead of candy or my favorite, ice cream.
This past week, I have been eating very well. I have limited my carbs and I am eating much more vegetables. Even though I lost 10 pounds on my own, I realized that I could have eaten better and I might have lost more. I also started reading labels and researching different types of healthy foods that I can experiment with.
Some of the trainers at PTI have told me that I can do a ton of cardio with no problem and that my body is strong, but I need to continue to work on my eating habits.
Friday morning is my first official weigh-in, so come back next week and find out my results.
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Do you think you have good eating habits? Tell me in the comments below.