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Eating "Healthy" Isn't Always HEALTHY!


I’ve recently convinced two of my very best friends to start working out. This morning was their first session at the gym and they called me at 8am to tell me about how they had such an amazing workout and that they are even having a healthy post workout breakfast. They sent me a picture and one of the plates contained 2 eggs, a bowl of regular fat cottage cheese, whole wheat toast and a very large bowl of fruit. I explained to them that although the meal may seem “healthy,” it is very high in sugar and fat which will cause weight gain rather than their goal of weight loss. 

When you walk into a restaurant and you see the word “healthy,” you automatically think “oohhhhh this will help me lose weight!” WRONG! Just because a food is healthy, it does not mean it is not fattening. This does not mean you are going to lose weight if you eat it. People associate the word “healthy” with weight loss or weight management. However, what many people don’t understand is that certain healthy foods have the same amount of sugar or even more, than a chocolate bar. Eating a protein bar packed with carbs and fats after your workout may seem like the right thing to eat because that’s what everyone tells you to do, but some protein bars have more sugar than a snickers bar. 

Foods like avocados and nuts are loaded with vitamins and minerals which are amazing for your body and your health but these foods can actually contribute to weight gain as they are very high in fats. Knowing the difference between “healthy” foods and foods that help with weight loss is extremely important. 

Ordering a salad at a restaurant is not always the best option if you’re trying to eat “healthy” for weight loss purposes. Most salads are packed with fruit (fresh of dried), nuts, cheese and salad dressings which are high in calories. Some salads contain more calories than a cheeseburger and fries combined.  I hear a lot of people say “I need to go on a diet and eat less.” The problem is not eating less, it is learning to eat right!   Working with someone who can educate you on foods that work with your body and foods that work against your body in terms of your fitness goals, can be very beneficial.


Coach Rima

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Coach Rima Messier | October 17, 2017

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