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Losing weight is a tough thing for many people to do. I think I speak for a lot of people when I say there have been times when it felt like I tried everything and still couldn’t drop a single pound. You may be running a lot and going to the gym a few times a week, but you’re still not seeing the results you wish for.
Most of the time, failure to shed body fat comes from a poor nutrition plan. In most cases, this means you’re eating bad foods. You might be working out a lot and burning loads of calories, but then coming home and putting the calories back on. If you’re not in a caloric deficit - burning more calories than you consume - you won’t lose weight. In essence, be careful what you’re putting in your mouth.
Okay, so now you’re probably reading this thinking, well, how do you eat properly if you want to lose weight? It’s mainly a combination of what you eat and how much you eat. This still probably doesn’t give you any ideas but don’t worry! All will be revealed in the points below as I show you exactly how you should eat if you want to lose weight:
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Eat Good Food
Telling someone to eat good food isn’t really good advice. Unless you actually go into detail and explain what ‘good food’ actually is. You see, the problem is that most people assume 'good food' is a term used to describe stuff like fruit, vegetables, and anything else green or from the ground. They think their diet must consist of boring meals that include loads of vegetables and salad.
This simply isn’t the case, good food comes in all shapes and sizes. Chicken, beef, pork, and many other types of meat are all good for you. Furthermore, as you can see here http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20678467,00.html, there are loads of healthy meals you can make that aren’t boring!
The secret is understanding what food you should stay well away from when you’re dieting. For starters, don’t eat fast food. Fast food is normally packed full of bad fats, sodium, and calories, making them awful when you’re losing weight. Secondly, stay away from sweet treats. Things like cakes, donuts, or even a pack of sweets, can contain loads of calories and sugar which are bad for someone wanting to lose weight.
Good food is food that’s relatively low in calories, low in saturated fats, low in salt, and provides nutritional benefits to you. I always say, if you’re going to consume calories, you better make sure they do something for you. A lot of lean meat is high in protein which helps you gain muscle, which in turn helps raise your metabolism, which helps you lose weight. Stay away from foods that don’t provide nutritional benefits and are high in calories and fats.
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Control Your Portions
Portion control is one of the main things letting people down all around the world. It’s easy to wonder why you’re not losing weight if you’re eating things that aren’t bad for you. Well, more often than not, the reason you’re still not losing weight is that you’re eating too much of it. A chicken salad is only healthy if you get the portion size right. If you start piling three or four chicken breasts on your plate, then you’re going to consume loads of calories and render the meal unhealthy.
The same applies to every other meal you have; it's important to control the size of every meal. How can you do this? Well, there are various ideas out there to help you deal with this issue. As you can see here https://defendyourhealthcare.us/beachbody-21-day-fix-review, there are fitness programs that come with portion containers these days. By having a specified container, you know how much food you should put into your meal so that you get enough food (not consuming enough calories can also cause weight gain over time) and not too much.
Another of my favorite ideas is to get a portion control plate. These are plates that are sectioned off, so you have a section for different parts of your meal. It encourages you to have a healthy meal size while also ensuring your meal is balanced.
Cook Your Own Meals
I think an essential part of dieting is learning how to cook. If you can cook your own meals, then you can turn something unhealthy into something incredibly healthy and good for you. A lot of people struggle with their diet as they buy their meals ready-made. This may save time, but companies can add loads of unhealthy stuff into their meals that really boost up the calories and the fat/salt levels.
But, when you cook your meals, you control what goes in them. My favorite example to use here is spaghetti bolognese. This is a meal that most people think is unhealthy and they shy away from. However, when you cook it yourself, it can be a great post-workout meal. There’s protein in the mince, good carbs from the spaghetti, and it fills you up with plenty of energy.
The problem is that most people buy ready-made spaghetti bolognese with mince that could be high in fat and sauce that might also be very calorific. With a few simple adjustments, you can make a spag bol that’s healthy. All you have to do is make your own sauce, so you know exactly what's in it and can ensure it's low in fat/calories. Then, make sure you use beef mince with a very low-fat percentage. Finally, use whole wheat spaghetti instead of regular.
Ta-da! You’ve made an unhealthy meal healthy, and will now consume fewer calories and more nutrients.
While all this advice is very important, this final piece is definitely something to bear in mind. Yes, you need to eat healthy for the majority of the time. However, having a cheat meal now and then is actually good for you. As it shows here http://www.eatthis.com/10-cheat-meal-strategies-weight-loss a cheat meal now and then can help stop your metabolism from getting used to healthy foods. It’ll speed it back up, which makes weight loss easier.
*This post is not meant to give medical advice. Please consult a medical/health professional before changing your diet.