Healthy Weight-Loss Habits by Nutritionist in Orange County


3 Steps to Becoming a Fat Burning Furnace

When I started doing nutrition coaching for weight loss clients, I noticed a pattern: not enough calories were being eaten, coffee was used as an appetite suppressant, and everybody was afraid of having a slice of cake.

I know you can find a lot of nutritional advice online or in magazines but be sure to read from credible sources. For example, Registered Dietitians provide information that has evidence based research backed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

We advocate making peace with food to lose weight, not fad diets and restriction. Here are three tips that will redefine what you may believe is necessary for weight loss. 

  1. Eat healthy snacks between breakfast lunch and dinner. This will help you maintain a stable blood sugar in between meals so that you’re not starving until dinner. Eating after a long period of hunger makes your body go into “starvation mode.” What you put into your mouth will store as fat because your body thinks that there isn’t enough food. Some clients tell me they’re too busy to snack, but once I tell them that healthy snacking will boost their metabolism and turn their body into a fat burning furnace….they change their minds.
  2. Make sure your meals and snacks are always balanced: protein, fat and carbs. The purpose of combining these macronutrients is to keep a steady blood sugar throughout the day. Don’t opt for everything that’s fat free, your blood sugar will spike up and drop down, leaving you ravenous for your next meal. By eating balanced snacks like peanut butter and an apple or some whole grain crackers and cheese, you’ll feel satisfied and energized until your next meal.

  3. Don’t suppress your appetite with coffee and deprive your meals of calories or carbs... hunger means your metabolism is working! Embrace it, or else you might find yourself hungry late at night because you didn’t eat enough during the day. Choose high fiber carbs and pair them with fat and protein to prevent the carbs from making your blood sugar spike. Some examples include quinoa, buckwheat, whole grain bread and brown rice. That way, when you see that slice of cake, you won’t feel vulnerable and famished, you’ll be able to put the fork down after a couple bites. Keeping in mind that you’ve been practicing these healthy habits daily and a couple bites of cake once in a while won’t hurt!

Once you turn these simple steps into daily habits, you’ll become a fat burning furnace, so take out your ziplock bags, fill them with some bell peppers and hummus and eat MORE healthy foods, burn MORE fat and feel GOOD!