“I am watching my calories, but my weight loss is at a plateau….”
Has your weight loss hit a wall? Are you dutifully maintaining a calorie deficit but not seeing the number move on the scale? For one thing, maybe you should re-evaluate how you use your scale as I discuss in this post on monitoring weight versus body composition.
On the other hand the issue with your weight loss may be not how much you are eating, but what you are eating. Not every calorie is the same, as I discuss in this post on a calorie is (not) a calorie . 300 calories of a high glycemic food which spikes your blood sugar has a completely different metabolic effect than 300 calories of a salad with nutritious vegetables and a homemade healthy fat dressing, such as the one in my post on Our buds the taste buds – time to re-train.
Of course, we are not all nutritionists by a long shot. Sometimes it is hard to know what you are eating which may not be as healthy as you think, let alone what would be a healthier alternative food. After all, we can’t believe most of the media we listen to because of advertisements and common diet myths which are not supported by science any longer.
Today, I have something which can help!
Is Your Weight Loss Stalled? Try These Healthy Food Swaps That Really Work
I am linking below to an excellent article titled “Can’t Lose Weight? Try These Healthy Food Swaps That Really Work” by Michael Joseph. Michael has a Master’s degree in Nutrition Education and writes articles on better and healthier nutrition at his website NutritionAdvance.com.
In this article Michael suggests six different food swaps, which can be helpful in boosting weight loss. These swaps will take a food you may be eating which is preventing you from reaching your weight management goals and exchange it for a much healthier, nutritious and satisfying alternative food. Here are examples of three of the swaps:
- #1. Replace That General Mills Cereal With Eggs
- #5. Having a Cheat Day? Make a Fathead Pizza!
- #6. Smart Swaps: Nutritionally Upgrade Your Snacks
The article will give you the remaining three food swaps. The article also gives you much more detail on why the unhealthy food is not so good for you. Additionally it discusses why the healthier alternative food is so much better.
If you read this article for no other reason, you simply must read it to get the link to the Fathead Pizza recipe. This recipe will absolutely let you “have your pizza and eat it too” as it is low carb and delicious. Here’s a picture to entice you!
Give these swaps a try and see if they don’t satisfy you just as much as the not so healthy foods you were eating, as well as re-engage your weight loss progress. Actually, if you follow some basic principles such as swapping out processed foods or foods made with a lot of grains or sugar you can intuitively know what foods need to find a replacement in your diet.
There are a lot of resources available to help find the healthier alternatives, as can be seen courtesy of a search in Google. Of course, if you want one of the best meal planning resources out there I suggest you visit my meal plans page and find out all about the one I recommend.