Thursday, March 14, 2013

Adding to subtract!

Hey everyone!  It's 3/14 and we're celebrating this National Pi (not PIE!) Day by discussing a little bit about the mathematics of nutrition. 

When talking weight loss and dieting, many people instantly think they need to subtract.  Some people might start by subtracting "bad" foods, some may subtract specific macronutrients (as in low/no-carb diets) and others may focus on just subtracting total calories. In my opinion, we should really be more focused on addition rather than subtraction!  I'll argue that in order to successfully achieve weight loss (or maintenance), we have to start with adding.  This may sounds counterintuitive, but bear with me!

I'm a firm believer that healthy habits are more likely to stick if we begin by adding positivity rather than focus on subtracting negativity.  If you're sick of "diets" full of deprivation and restriction, try to create a healthier lifestyle by adding some of the following:

Veggies, veggies and more veggies!  Vegetables are mostly very low in calories, which means you can fill up on a lot of them without adding on the pounds.  And once you've had a big salad or snacked on a 1/2 cup of carrots, you won't be ravenous for that giant meal!

A few servings of fruit daily.  Try adding 2-3 fruits daily at mealtime or combined with a protein-rich food for a snack.  They can also be a sweet and satisfying treat for dessert!  Not to mention fruits have lots of fiber.  Which brings me to my next addition...

Fiber.  Adding higher fiber foods like whole grains, beans, vegetables, seeds and nuts can regulate bowel movements and keep you feeling full and satisfied longer.  Research supports the role of high fiber diets in promoting weight loss and weight managment.

Water.  Staying hydrated is essential to overall health and weight management in particular.  Water also helps regulate body temperature, provide lubrication for joints and maintain electrolyte balance.  And thirst is often mistaken for hunger!  So drink up!

Sweat!  Most everyone can stand to add a little sweat into their daily routines!  Although it shouldn't be used as a punishment for eating or an excuse to eat more, exercise most definitely helps in weight managment.

Without even realizing it, these simple and healthy additions to your diet will almost certainly lead to subtraction of other not-so-great foods, leading to a healthier body weight.  Start simple and choose one addition a week! 

Healthy & happy eating! :)


  1. Great post, Kim! Love this philosophy.

  2. Love the new blog look! I'm doing all these things in my diet and I feel great. Thanks for posting!