Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: I am eating healthy and exercising regularly. Why am I not losing weight?

There are many reasons. Barring health reasons such as metabolic inefficiencies and food sensitivities, your portion sizes could be too large, you are not exercising at the right intensity or frequency, and you are not refueling with the right foods. Many people fall into the trap of overeating with the wrong type of foods after exercise therefore negating any weight loss efforts. Keep in mind that exercise effort is (unfortunately!!) is not proportional to food intake. Ie. A tbsp. of mayo is about 100 calories, which equates to 10-15min on the treadmill depending on intensity. And maybe you are not eating as healthy as you think.

Q: Should I avoid carbs to lose weight?

Your body needs carbs to lose the right kind of weight and to keep your metabolism at warp speed for optimal weight loss. However, avoiding REFINED carbs is key.  Refined carbs include pasta, white bread, white rice, popcorn, bagels, pretzels, cakes, cookies. They are very high in calories and convert to sugar far too quickly, stimulating your fat storage hormones. Also, many people are intolerant to wheat and this intolerance makes it very difficult for them to lose the unwanted weight. Complex carbs, such as lentils, quinoa, wild rice, amaranth, chickpeas, and vegetables are essential to weight loss. They are rich in B vitamins which assist in converting food to energy versus fat.  REMEMBER portion sizes though! A little more is allowed after workouts, small for small bodies, etc.

Q: What are the best sources of healthy fats?

Avocados, olive oil, nut oil, fish oil, flax oil, coconut oil, fresh coconut. Your body needs fat to burn fat!

Q: How do I combat sweet cravings?

Most importantly, balance your blood sugar levels. Start by changing your breakfast to a protein based breakfast such as an omelet.  The next step is breaking habits. Start by substituting tiny bits of healthier sugars whenever you feel a craving. A little piece of organic dark chocolate can do the trick. And don’t allow yourself to feel hungry throughout the day. When your body feels depleted, you will crave sugar as it is a quick energy source. Snack on a Greek yogurt mid morning, or an apple with some organic peanut or almond butter. But it must be organic!

Q: Why organic peanut butter?

Regular peanut butter contains dangerous partially hydrogenated oils which are your number one enemy in any weight loss program. (I’m going to be posting numerous articles on hydrogenated oils in the near future). In short, hydrogenated oils = weight gain and a host of health problems including elevated cholesterol, heart disease and cancer. Organic peanut butter is pure and provides your body with the good fats that it needs to burn fat and keeps you satiated.

Q: What are the best nuts to eat?

Almonds, walnuts, peanuts are at the top in terms of health benefits. Make sure the nuts are unsalted and RAW (NOT roasted). Nuts are roasted at very high heats which causes the fats and oils in the nuts (and the oils used in the roasting process) to go rancid, increasing free –radical damage in your body. This may put you at a higher risk for cancer and accelerated aging, not to mention weight gain.