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Are you making lots of new plant-based recipes but not seeing results?

It can be disappointing to invest in your health by eating more plants and not see any weight shift

However just because you’re eating plants and trying lots of new plant-based recipes doesn’t guarantee weight loss.

One of the misconceptions about plant-based is that as long as you’re eating 100% plants you will lose weight.

As opposed to the other camp that says all those carbs will make you gain weight – but I’ll leave that for another day.

It can be incredibly frustrating if you’re taking the time and effort to experiment with new plant-based recipes and are not seeing any results for your efforts.

I’ve been in many situations where my friends will be excited to share a new recipe with me, they’ve previously told me they are trying to lose weight, and I take one look at the dish and my heart sinks.

I don’t want to burst their bubble and put a dampener on their excitement because I’m really excited that they’ve started this journey.

In my opinion, any move towards eating more plants is a step in the direction of improved health and a big boost towards better immunity.

Remember it’s only plants that contain fiber that feed your good gut bacteria where nearly 80% of your immunity resides.

But back to the dish that is not going to help my friend lose weight.

Healthy doesn’t equal weight loss.

Just because a food is deemed healthy doesn’t mean you can eat unlimited amounts and still lose weight.

I know this makes sense on paper but it gets played out in real life as follows.

Olive oil is full of healthy monounsaturated fats, is rich in antioxidants, and has been shown to help reduce diseases of the heart and blood.

So why wouldn’t you choose to cook with olive oil, sploosh it in salads, and pour it over your roasted vegetables?

Because if you’re on a weight loss journey, fat is not your friend.

Nor are the handfuls of nuts & seeds that you snack on all day.

Yes, these plant-based fats like olive oil, avocadoes, nuts & seeds are super healthy but they are to be eaten in moderation and in line with your weight loss goals.

You can read about this in more depth here https://naturallynic.com.au/why-cant-i-lose-weight-on-a-plant-based-diet/

This is why I advise my clients that when they are looking for new recipes to always key in the words ‘low-fat’ or fat-free in the search bar, otherwise you’ll be pulled off course.

It’s also a part of the process that I go through with my clients when we modify their existing recipes.

My philosophy is to help my clients tweak the meals they are already making rather than learning a tonne of time-consuming new recipes.

The first step is always to ditch the majority of oil or eliminate it entirely.

Before you tsk tsk me because olive oil is soooo healthy, I’d rather you have a couple of olives on a salad than drizzle olive oil on said salad, because whole olives come with fiber and all the nutrients – a healthier option than the oil when weight loss is your goal.

So how do you make sure you’re plant-based recipes are going to help you lose weight.

Take a look at the fat – yes the healthy fat and start to reduce or eliminate.

  • Fat-free cooking is easier than you think – just cook your onions in a splash of water and carry on as normal.
  • If you need a non-stick surface pour on a teaspoon of oil and then wipe over with a paper towel.
  • Use an olive oil spray to coat your roast veges, I prefer to pour a teaspoon onto the palm of my hand, rub my hands together and then lightly coat the tray of veges by touching each one, then season and bake.
  • Choose the ‘light’ coconut milk, or use the long-life coconut milk that has a lot less fat than the coconut creams.

These simple tweaks will have a huge impact on the number of calories you’re consuming on a daily basis.

And while I don’t count calories I always know where they’re coming from.

If you’d like to know more about how I can help you find out why your weight loss has slowed since reaching mid-life, I offer a complimentary no-obligation free chat.

You can book your chat here https://naturallynic.as.me/ComplimentaryChatwithNic

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