I belong to various weight loss groups around the interwebz. Yesterday, someone posted that she wanted to eat two tacos and wanted people to talk her out of it.
My response: EAT THE TACOS!!!!!
First, I looked up how much tacos kill you from a caloric standpoint. Not much at all; a taco from a Mexican restaurant is about 150 calories (without cheese). Even from icky Taco Bell, at only 160 calories, with 12 grams of protein, 14 grams of carbs, and 5 grams of fat, it’s pretty innocent. Two tacos are about 300 calories, you could even get wild with THREE tacos and it would still be a moderate meal at less than 500 calories. Grilled chicken, lettuce, tomato, good salsa, and a corn tortilla, what’s not to like? Add a salad and I say it’s a great meal. Have one or two and it’s a great snack. The protein’s right on target to keep you full, the tortilla is a complex carb which also keeps you going til the next meal, and the fat’s not half bad. Good stuff all around.
The problem is that a lot of people think you have to eat nothing but pristine dry chicken breast and lettuce to lose weight. Oatmeal and egg whites and protein shakes seem to make up the diets of many trying to lose weight. You know what I call that? A prescription for disaster! First, that’s just yucky food. I mean, maybe it’s tolerable for a few meals or a few weeks. But back when I started my weight loss journey, I would get really rebellious. And then all bets were off!
Second, it’s not a great way to lose weight! I hear a lot of women who have 50 or 100+ pounds to lose eating tiny, tiny meals. That’s CRAZY. Women weighing 300 pounds should eat 2000 calories or so and lose weight. If they try to eat less, they soon feel as if they are starving and binge. Of course, women with only 50 or 30 pounds to lose can’t get away with that–but they still can eat 1500-1800 and do fine.
Where did all of this come from? I suppose skinny, anorexic trainers who want all women to look like barbie dolls. Probably they had an eating disorder. I’m only joking a little bit here. Definitely not normal people who have a healthy relationship with food.
The fact is that food is delicious. It is one of the great pleasures of life. My number one priority when setting up meal plans for my clients is giving them THINGS THEY LIKE TO EAT. Radical, isn’t it? We look at quick, easy meals, identify ones they like, love or tolerate, and make the meal plan around that.
Losing weight and getting healthy is about joy and pleasure, not misery and deprivation. We need to not only make peace with food, but welcome our food as pleasurable and nourishing for our beautiful bodies. I love food, and I figured out how to enjoy it and lose weight, and you can too.
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