We’ve all seen the ads for the latest “miracle” pill, powder, or supplement that claims to make it possible to eat whatever we want and still lose weight. Such a thing would certainly be a miraculous invention, but the old adage of “if it sounds too good to be true then it possibly is” is especially true in this case. Don’t throw in the towel and reach for those bulky, oversized just yet though. Even though no wonder drug exists to make the pounds magically disappear, there are ways to lose weight while still enjoying all of your favorite foods.
You don’t have to turn to the latest diet craze, nor will you have to spend hours in the gym every day. All it takes is following a few simple guidelines to develop smart eating habits that will leave your taste buds AND your scales very happy. You can still enjoy your favorite foods – macaroni and cheese, pastries, ice cream, you name it – and not have to deal with worrying about weight gain. It’s all just a matter of eating smarter.
The thing that many people don’t know is that gaining or losing weight isn’t related exclusively related to the foods you eat, but rather the amount of high-calorie foods you eat. Therefore, losing weight requires that you pay close attention to the portion sizes of what you eat moreso than the food itself. If your diet consists of mostly junk, fast foods, deep-fried, calorie-laden foods, then you are going to need to make some changes. Adjusting your diet and the amount of unhealthy, high-calorie foods you eat will be necessary in order to achieve weight-loss success.
A lot of people eliminate calories, fats, and carbohydrates entirely, believing this will help them lose weight. In fact, this actually has the opposite effect. Depriving your body of the food and nutrients it needs will cause it to go into starvation mode. When this happens the body holds onto every calorie it ingests because it doesn’t know when it will get more. Instead, it stores the fat in order to have something to fall back on in the event it is deprived of food again. The body uses food as it’s fuel. The healthy food you put into it will help you to maintain energy levels. Limiting – NOT eliminating – high-calorie foods will help you to lose weight in a healthy, consistent way. You can follow these tips to eat what you like and still melt away the pounds:
When it comes to your favorite foods, it can be a challenge to stop at just a small portion, but this is the first cardinal rule of weight loss. Do some research into appropriate portion sizes and you will be well on your way to healthy weight-loss. Use some psychological tricks to re-program your brain: use smaller plates, share your food with someone else, keep only limited amounts of your “trigger” foods around so as to eliminate temptation.
If you need additional help and support, consider signing up for a program like the one PureHealthLiving.net describes in Nutrisystem for men, to learn more and get assistance with portion control.
CUT THOSE CALORIES
In order to lose weight you must burn more calories than you consume. If your calorie intake is 1500 a day, choose activities that will burn off 1800 calories each day. Reduce the number of high-calorie foods and portion sizes you are eating and losing weight will happen easily.
EAT ONLY UNTIL YOU ARE SATISFIED
When eating less-than-nutritious foods, pay attention to every bite rather than just shoving it into your mouth. Take small bites and savor each one fully. In this way you will satisfy your cravings and your sweet tooth without piling on the pounds.
Before you put the first bite of food into your mouth, take a few moments to remind yourself of your weight-loss goals. Don’t allow yourself to become distracted by eating while watching television or surfing the web. Take the time to enjoy every bite and you will find that you are satisfied faster than before. That means eating less – and that equals weight loss.
With just a little forethought and planning you will find yourself enjoying all the foods you love while losing weight and getting healthy. And no food tastes as good as getting fit and healthy feels!