Losing Weight | Something To Think About
Losing weight is difficult, let’s be honest. Eating healthy and clean is something so many women AND men struggle with. And the reason for this is our busy lifestyles. Who has the time to go home after work at who knows what time, clean, cook, and take care of the children?
Have you ever found yourself thinking about what to make for dinner tonight and the first thing that comes to your mind is McDonald’s, Burger King, maybe the diner across the road? Because of the rushed times, we’re living in, it is easier to get takeout than to stand in front of a stove or a barbeque and cook. And trust me these fast food places know this and capitalize on it, big time! I mean, it literally only takes 10-20 minutes for Pizza to arrive at your door. Or less than 2 minutes at the drive-through.
With that out of the way, let’s get straight into losing weight!
4 Eating Strategies For Losing Weight
#1 Portion Size
Technically, there is no right or wrong food amount you MUST eat to lose weight. But the right portion size of food is the servings that help you power your body with energy and nutrients, gives you the right level of satiety, and remain within your daily caloric limit.
Did you know that there is a difference between Portion Size and Serving Size?
Portion size is defined as: “The amount of food you choose to eat during a single eating occasion (whether it is a meal out, at home, or even the amount offered within a pre-packaged snack)”.
Serving Size is defined as: “Standardized measurement of food or drink”.
#2 Daily Caloric Requirements
To work out your Caloric Requirement you can look at the “My Fitness Pal” app or “Free Calorie Counter”. These apps do all the hard work for you. No more looking at labels and trying to work out how many calories you’ll be consuming. As this job can be quite daunting for some! We sometimes forget that we have to stay within a calorie limit, and when you remember, it is too late. You might not think so, but you can train/workout hard for a whole week but one day of eating a lot more than your caloric requirement could set you back.
#3 The Right Kind of Food to Lose Weight
When I say: “The right kind of food” I mean Protein, Good Fats, and Fiber & Good Complex Carbohydrates.
In order to lose weight through eating you have to eat the right kind of foods to help you lose that stubborn weight.
You should aim to have some sort of Protein with every meal you eat throughout the day. Whether it be Eggs, Fish, Chicken Breast or Turkey, Flank Steak, Cheese, Yogurt, etc. Having a meal that has some sort of Protein in it makes you feel fuller for longer which in return makes you consume fewer calories with your next meal.
The Good Fat foods are foods like Salmon, Avocado, Nuts, Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Yogurt (Full Fat), etc.
These above-mentioned foods are high in all the “Good Fat” we need.
Salmon – is rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
Avocado – is rich in monounsaturated fat named oleic acid.
Nuts – (e.g. Almonds, Walnuts, Macadamia nuts, Pistachios, etc.) Are rich in Vitamin E and full of Magnesium, Fiber, and Protein & Good Carbs.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil – is rich in vitamins E and K & is full of powerful Antioxidants.
Full Fat Yogurt – is full of Probiotic Bacteria & this is why when you are on Antibiotics and you don’t have Probiotics you can just have some Yogurt.
FYI – The Probiotics in Yogurt protects your stomach lining from the Antibiotics.
Fiber has the same effect as protein does. It keeps you feeling full for a longer period of time.
It assists in achieving a healthy weight.
It also drops your Cholesterol levels.
And it helps control Blood Sugar levels
- Fiber-based foods:
- Brussels Sprouts
- Bran Flakes
- Whole Wheat Pasta etc.
(To see how much Fiber you should be having a day please click on the link.)
- Good Complex Carbohydrates:
Good Complex Carbs includes food like:
- Sweet Potato
- Whole Wheat bread
- Brown rice
- Whole Wheat Flour etc.
#4 Drink More Water to Lose Weight!
Water plays a big role in weight loss and the maintaining of weight afterward. If you drink some water when you feel hungry, did you know that it can compress the hunger you feel? And if you drink some water before a meal it can diminish your appetite. Water has literally NO Calories. YES, NO CALORIES!
And yet we don’t want to drink more water!
Eating plays a much bigger role in losing weight than we thought. These four strategies helped me with my weight loss journey and I’m sure it will work for you too.
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