Do you struggle with losing weight? Do you exercise and feel that you eat “right” and yet the scale never seems to budge? Maybe you should inspect your diet a little bit closer…
The truth is that we are an overfed and undernourished society. How can there be any truth to this oxymoron? Well, for starters, we are filling up on the wrong kinds of food. Forget about the food guide pyramid — don’t even get me started on that mess of a guide.
Do you crave sugar? If yes, you could be deficient in magnesium. You also could be eating sugar on a regular basis, and your body has now become addicted to it like crack (seriously, the studies are damning). I’ve even found that despite eating clean, some days I was ravenous for either carbs (think brown rice) or sweets (like chocolate). I zeroed in on my diet and found that on those particular days, I happened to be in a hurry and as a shortcut I’d use store-bought salad dressing on my greens (instead of my own), or I’d use a condiment like ketchup instead of forgoing it completely. It turns out that both of these seemingly harmless additions were laced with either sugar or high fructose corn syrup! Just because something says “natural” or “no preservatives” or other similar terms does not mean they aren’t the devil in a bottle! All they are doing is hiding their pitchfork and horns so that you don’t see them for what they are behind that label.
Do you eat a lot of meat? Some experts have said that the excessive amount of animal protein leads to a loss of calcium. According to Dr. Gillian McKeith, “calcium deficiencies inactivate enzymes involved in metabolism.” I believe that there is more to this story than meets (haha, get it?) the eye. Perhaps if the protein were considered more of a side than the main dish at every meal, this wouldn’t even be an issue. Once again, you can never go wrong with eating more veggies!
Do you drink lots of coffee, sugar or alcohol? Do you rely on laxatives or diuretics on a regular basis? If so, you could be potassium deficient. Among a host of other benefits, potassium helps regulate water and mineral balance in the body — and as such is great for helping your heart. When potassium levels are lowered due to poor dietary habits and medications, it allows the body to hold onto excess acids, which wreak havoc on our metabolism not to mention the body’s ability to digest foods. If an overweight person has low potassium levels, you can bet that they could also have high sodium levels. The higher the sodium level, the more potassium we need.
So by eating foods rich in potassium and keeping packaged foods, fast foods and our salt shaker at bay, we can help restore the symbiotic relationship between potassium and sodium, and hence help our body function the way it was designed to.
I hope that by now you’re starting to get more particular about what you are eating. Remember, if you want to look and feel like a Ferrari, you need to invest in that superb fuel! Go the extra mile to take care of you, and your body will reap the rewards!
Crystal Manjarres is the owner of One-On-One Fitness, a private personal training and Pilates studio for men and women on Marco Island. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist and Stott Pilates certified instructor. Her focus is “Empowering men and women of all shapes and sizes”. To send in a question, email Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com. She can also be reached at www.101FIT.com or www.PinkIslandFitness.com and 239-333-5771.