But I Eat Healthy. Why am I Overweight?

I hear this all the time. Hell, I used to say it! But, since I began this journey (again), I’ve learned so much more about what it truly means to eat healthy. And, guess what? Neither of us have been eating healthy.

You may, in fact, eat a lot of healthy foods, but you need to examine HOW you prepare them. Do you cook with vegetable oil? How about butter? Do you cook veggies too long? All of these things, and more, need to be taken into consideration.

I hear people say they eat a lot of fruit and don’t understand why they’re not losing weight. Well, what are you putting on that fruit? Sugar on strawberries? Salt on cantaloupe? How about whipped cream? How much are you eating?

The truth is, you can eat whatever you want and lose weight but the trick is to eat it in moderation. I still eat Hershey’s Kisses but I don’t eat the whole bag. I still have potato chips, but I count out a serving. See where I’m going with this?

Even if you’re eating in moderation, you still need to be very mindful of how you’re cooking your food. A baked potato isn’t bad for you….until you load it up with sour cream, butter, bacon, etc. You’ve just eliminated any nutritional value that poor little potato had. If you’re having broccoli for dinner, great! Just don’t boil the hell out of it with a stick of margarine.

Think about the food you eat and how you eat it. Are there things you can do to make your foods a healthier option? Of course there are! Here are just a few:

  • Swap sour cream for plain Greek yogurt and mayo
  • Use unsalted real butter instead of processed margarine
  • Use olive oil instead of vegetable oil
  • Steer clear of white foods, unless it’s egg whites

Saying that you “eat healthy” is more than just the food you eat – it’s how much of it you eat and how you eat it. I highly recommend tracking what you eat of an entire day. What I mean by that is, if it goes in your mouth, you write it down. There are a ton of free apps that will help you with this and Lose It! is my go-to. Take a close look at your calories, fat, carbs, sugar, and salt and I guarantee you’ll be surprised by what you see.