It feels like yesterday that I was writing my last blog post. (Btw, I just re-read that post...and not to toot my own horn… but if you struggle with thyroid disease or know someone who does go give that gem a read :) )
Weight loss and thyroid health is a topic that I love to talk about. According to the American Thyroid Association, ~20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disorder and a whopping 60% of these people do not have a formal diagnosis. Your thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland in your neck and has an extremely important job. Your thyroid is in charge of your metabolism.
Let’s talk about one of the primary deterrents to healthy eating. Time. One of the most popular grievances I’ve come across while working with clients is that healthy food takes too much time to prepare and can be stressful. I must admit, it is much easier to stop at a deli or fast food joint than to put time and effort into preparing healthy food.
Anxiety and depression are mental health issues that have increased exponentially over the past several decades. Antidepressant medication distribution has nearly doubled in less than 15 years (JAMA) and has become the third most common drug prescription in America (CDC). Furthermore, nearly 18% (~40 million) of the American adults suffer from anxiety disorders which are now some of the most common mental health issues in the United States. There are many theories on why mental health issues such as anxiety and depression have skyrocketed such as societal and economic changes. A less recognized etiology of these escalating mood disorders is poor nutrition.
We’ve all been there. You started off strong with consistent weight loss but now the numbers on your scale won’t budge. It seems like no matter what you do, your weight loss efforts continue to be fruitless. While weight fluctuations are totally normal, continuous stalled progress can leave you feeling frustrated and defeated. You might even be tempted to throw in the towel altogether. But hang in there. You might find yourself in this predicament for many different reasons. Let’s review how to break through your weight loss plateau and jumpstart your results.
Weight loss. The topic everyone is talking about. The condition everyone is a self-proclaimed “expert” in. “Losing weight is easy, you are just eating too much” “Calories in versus calories out” “Maybe you need to do more cardio” “Decrease your calories and you will lose weight” These are just a few messages that I have seen quickly get shot at someone struggling to lose weight. Not helpful. What these words actually say is: “it is your lack of self-control”, “it is a defect in your character”, “it is because you are lazy”. As an actual expert in nutrition (I have a degree and credentials to prove it), this is one of my biggest pet peeves.
IIFYM or If It Fits Your Macros (also known as “Flexible Dieting” and “Macro Counting”) has been rapidly gaining popularity as one of the best diet plans around. IIFYM is another form of calorie counting where you are not only given a calorie goal but also a carbohydrate, fat, and protein goal. Aside from these “macro” parameters you are free to consume whatever foods you want. Bodybuilders, cross fitters, powerlifters, treadmill addicts, men, women, those seeking to lose fat and those seeking to gain muscle are betting on this non-restrictive diet plan that claims that there is no need to change your food choices in order to reach your goals.
These pancakes are the perfect way to start your day. Topped with greek yogurt these perfect grain free, gluten free pancakes provide a whopping 35 grams of protein. They are extremely easy and quick to make. They can also be made ahead of time for a quick grab-and-go breakfast or pre-workout snack.
I created Results Dietetics because of how strongly I feel about empowering others to reclaim their lives through science-based nutrition. As we all know, nutrition can be extremely complicated and there are an unreal amount of harmful diets and eating programs floating around the internet.