“How can I approach doughnuts?”, we hear you ask.
Well, if you see one get close, like real close, reach out and grab it. Bend your elbow so that it gets close to your mouth and… BITE!
In all seriousness, with Chanukah approaching we know that a lot of you feel quite nervous at the idea of being surrounded by so much fried food.
The oil and fats used for cooking make these foods high in calories, but so tasty too! Resisting feels impossible.
But you know what? We don’t think you should try so hard to resist.
We often advice our clients to have one and get it out of their systems! Yes, we swear we are qualified nutritionists and yes, we are telling you it’s fine to eat some fried food every now and again. Mostly when this food brings people together and is part of lovely memories being created!
One piece of advice we would give you though, whether you are trying or not to lose or maintain weight, is to be sensible.
The combination of fats and sugar make fried foods irresistible. This is why fast and processed foods taste so good! But it’s also why these foods can be very high in calories.
There are a couple of reasons why you want to be mindful around these foods.
First of all, if you are trying to lose weight you will need to create a calorie deficit. Simply put, this means eating fewer calories than you burn. So, let’s say you need to consume 1900kcal to maintain your current body weight, in order to lose weight you need to consistently consume less than 1900kcal. When you are trying to lose weight, we want you to be smart and eat as many high volume and low calories foods as possible – think of fruit and vegetables, lean protein like chicken breast, fish, beans and pulses, fat free yogurt and cottage cheese… These foods will keep you full and help you feel satisfied even if you are not consuming as many calories as you used to. Having lots of fried foods in a day can really spike your calorie count up. Also, those foods are likely to make you feel stuffed in the short term, but won’t keep you full for very long. The best you can do is try to balance things out, so a meal could be an egg/egg white vegetable quiche with a side salad and followed by a doughnut. In this way, you are likely to feel full, satisfied and not deprived in the longer term which will help you stay on top of your calorie intake!
Secondly, overdoing it with fried food puts a huge strain on your body. You can very easily consume over 2000kcal within minutes, something that your body is not very used to. Surely you will have overindulged once or twice in your life. You eat some latkes, then you think you can handle 2 or even 3 doughnuts. You are fine… then 1 hour later it hits you. You feel sluggish, your stomach hurts, all you want to do is curl up into a ball, fall asleep and wake up 3 days later! This is because your body has found itself having to deal with lots of energy to process within a short period of time. The food we eat has to be processed so that we can use it as energy to function and whatever is in excess can be stored for later use. Imagine being on a beach with a nice cold drink in your hands, relaxing and thinking of how beautiful life is right now. And then BOOM, you suddenly wake up and remember you have kids to feed, tons of paperwork to go through, bills to pay, cleaning to do, not to mention that huge project’s deadline coming up… and you just want to curl up in a ball!
So, perhaps Chanukah is not the best time to try and lose weight (unless you are on the aceTRANSFORM!!!). Maintaining your current weight would be a huge achievement, but we’d go as far as to say forget about the scale for a while and enjoy the time with your family! However, still try and be sensible, simply to avoid those feelings that come with overdoing it. You’ll have much better memories of these times if you don’t have to deal with stomach cramps!
And then, once this festival is over, you can join our aceTRANSFORM – THE 12 weeks fat loss programme. We will help change your mentality around foods and help you face festivals and foody events with confidence and zero guilt, while still working towards your goal.
Our next intake starts on the 6th of December.
And hurry!! The current price is only available until the 31st of December!
Drop us an email now for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org