Hello Loyal Soup People! A lot of people look for the “best” ways to lose weight. Using apps to count calories, joining clubs, resorting to fad diets, and more. I’d like to propose that the traditional technique of simply counting calories should no longer be used. While it may work for some people, it doesn’t encourage people to take a holistic view of their diet and overall health.

We now know that not all calories are created equal. A 100 calorie snack pack may have the same amount of calories as an apple, but those calories are lacking in fiber, vitamins, nutrients, and anti-oxidants. You’re fueling your body with calories that will do nothing but satiate you for a very short amount of time.

I encourage people to approach weight loss as a longer journey, not a short term solution. Calorie counting isn’t something that most people can do forever. And if you haven’t truly adopted new healthy eating patterns, the minute you stop counting, the pounds creep back on.

Instead, try mindful eating, retraining your palate, listening to your body, and slowly adopting new eating habits.  Start adding more fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds into your diet. Don’t do it all at once! Start selecting single meals on certain days, and then add more and more. See how you feel. Eat slowly. Become aware of why you are selecting the foods that you are eating.

While it might take a little longer, you’ll probably find that the pounds will stay off, and you’ll have embraced healthier eating habits for life!

*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!