I'm sat in my kitchen, coffee brewing, trying to decide what to write about this afternoon when my girlfriend kindly serves me my pasta and chicken lunch. Then it hits me, CARBS! Lets talk about carbohydrates.
In my day to day job as a diabetes dietitian carbohydrates are key for optimal glycaemic control for my patients. So I've come to learn a thing or two about carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates get bad press. Typically, they are associated with weight gain with seemingly every celebrity endorsing cutting them out to achieve that celeb body. But what is it about carbohydrates which predisposes them to weight gain?
The truth is, carbohydrates aren't necessarily the bad guy or associated with weight gain. Instead, it is the portions of carbohydrates that people choose to eat which cause an excess calorie intake which consequently leads to weight gain.
Carbohydrate is umbrella term for several sub categories of food. The first of is known as starchy carbohydrates. Classic examples of...
Sat on the rugged surface of the wooden chairs in my dinning room. Without a peep from the outside world because it's 5am on a Saturday and no one is nearly crazy enough to wake at this time, I'm feeling reflective.
I've come a long way from the sport and exercise graduate who did some personal training on the side around 10 years ago. Back then, I had a foundation level of knowledge surrounding nutrition. I had completed some modules at University and had done some further reading on my own but I was far from an expert. A fact that can sometimes make me cringe when I think back to how I really didn't know the ins and outs of nutrition back then.
I certainly would not have been able to dissect a diet where the client had plateaued despite seemingly eating healthily. A fact that is also salient when patients and clients tell me they have seen personal trainers or nutritionists who can't understand why their weight has plateaued. A degree in nutrition and/or dietetics and years...
When working with 1:1 dietary clients, as a rule, I send them out a questionnaire asking them if and how I have helped them and what I could do better. I've recently had some lovely feedback from clients who have thus far managed to lose a serious amount of weight amongst themselves and it inspired todays post.
One common theme these clients have fed back is the way in which I help them change their thinking from short term dietary behaviour to longer term sustainable weight loss.
For example, Jane (not her real name) explained how she had consistently struggled to find the ability to lose weight long term. Sure she had successes over the years but she would relapse once the weight loss was not as expected week to week. Downhearted, Jane lost the motivation and ultimately relapsed.
Another prime example is Sue (not her real name). Sue was able to hit target weight a number of times through various methods but once achieved, complacency would set in. Over time and without realising...