When most people think about weightloss and eating, they think about dieting. Well, unfortunately, all of the fad diets out there tend to cause people to gain weight. Why? Because they starve them to death and the person eventually breaks down and eats everything in sight because they are so darn hungry. They also deprive them of the foods that they love. This is not a way to lose weight, nor is it a way to live. You only cause yourself stress, which actually causes you to gain weight!
So, in eating right there a few tips that you can follow each and every day and they’re not going to deprive you of the foods that you love, but treat those foods as luxury items so you enjoy them that much more.
Eat fresh fruit and vegetables that have high water content. These are foods like tomatoes, watermelons, cantaloupe, kiwi, grapes – you get the idea. All of those fresh and flavorful juicy fruits and veggies are good for you. These items contain about 90 to 95% water, so you can eat a lot of these and they will fill you up without adding on the pounds.
Eat fresh fruit instead of processed fruit. Anything that is processed as more sugar. Processed and canned fruits also do not have as much fiber as fresh fruits. Increase your fiber intake as much as you can. This usually means eating more fruits and veggies. Watch everything you consume from the food itself to what you top it with. Garnishments and condiments can sabotage a healthy meal because they are typically high in fat.
Veggies are your friends when it comes to shedding pounds. There are tons of options here and you may even want to try some you haven’t had in the past. The leafy green varieties are the best and you always want to work in a salad when you can. Salads are packed with nutrients as long as you don’t pour too much dressing on and load them with too much cheese. The leafy greens also have a lot of natural water.
Veggies make great snacks. They can get you through the hunger pangs if you are having them. Carrots are great because they satisfy hunger and they are packed with nutrients.
Set meal times and stick to them. Try to have your meals at specific times and eat them at that time. An eating pattern will help you to control what you eat and when you eat it. Also, it really is better to have 5 small meals a day rather than just one or two huge meals. Just eating once a day makes your body feel as though it is starving, which packs on fat instead of using it as fuel. Also, don’t wait until your starving to eat. This only makes you overeat until you’re stuffed.
Eat only when you are hungry. Be sure to drink a glass of water first to determine if you really are hungry or if you are really thirsty. Many people have the tendency to eat when they see food. It doesn’t mean they are hungry; they just want to eat it. Don’t eat anything you’re offered unless you really are hungry. If you feel you must eat it out of being polite, just nibble, don’t have a meal. Try not to snack between meals, but if you must have a snack measure it is a healthy one. If you travel a lot try to find healthy snacks and not junk food.
Counting calories is a good idea for those must have food items. If it is a packaged food item, then it will have the calories on the packaging. Be sure to pay attention to serving sizes in terms of calories as well. An Otis Spunkmeyer muffin is intended to be two servings, so you have to double the calories listed. This is where food producers get tricky and you can’t fall in their trap. Work off the extra calories by the end of the week. If you feel you have splurged too much this week, be sure to get to the gym or go walking a little longer to work off those extra calories you have consumed.
Stay away from all things fried. If it is breaded, it is better that it is baked. Fried foods are immersed in fat and oil. Even after the excess has oil has been drained away, there is still oil absorbed into the food item itself. Don’t eat more than two eggs per day. It is best if you can reduce your egg intake to five a week.
Chocolates should be treated as luxury items. Buy the good stuff and only eat them every once in a while. If you really savor each morsel, you’ll experience that much more joy in eating them and they will taste even better. Chocolates contain Flavonoids that are good to ward off inflammation. Eat good amounts of dark chocolates, at least one bar a week. Chocolate drinks are even more good. Replace your coffee, tea with Chocolate drink in the morning.
This will add amazing health benefits including weightloss. Chocolate is also known to enhance mood, keep you charged up for the entire day. Chocolates are highly recommended for immunity too. Carry dark chocolates in your car dashboard or carry them eating along subway. Chocolate is real cool. Just ensure the sugar content is as per the recommended levels.
Try to eat breakfast within an hour of waking up. This is the best way to give your body the jump start it needs. Don’t wait until you are really hungry. Breakfast is important, but you don’t need to stuff yourself. The idea is that you’re breaking the fast from not easting all night. The best breakfast depends on the food habits. Eggs, Toast, Milk are widely accepted as healthy. Oatmeal is highly recommended breakfast. Places like India has Idly,Dosa,Puri,Paratha as staple breakfast items. Pasta is breakfast of Italians. Chinese have noodles.
Choose your pick. Don’t skip breakfast as your body would be starving from last night for around 10 hours. You need breakfast to carry on your work schedules. Travelling lengthy distances to work is modern day curse. We need to feed on healthy breakfast to tide through this daily journeys across cities.
Your diet should include all aspects of the food groups including carbohydrates. In fact, your diet needs to be about 50-55% carbs. Carbs are a great source of energy. Those diets that prohibit carbohydrates are actually harming you and only making you crave them that much more. Your diet should not cause you to be deficient in anything.
Proteins should make up only 25-30% of your diet. Far too much emphasis is put on meat as the main part of your meal. In actuality, it should be considered more of a side dish rather than the main course. Fats should make up 15-20% of your meal. This is really all the fat your body needs. A lot of this is going to be in your diet in the form of cream, sugar and the like. Eat more white meat than red meat. White meat includes chicken, fish and some other fowl. Red meat includes beef and pork.
Try to go as vegetarian as you can. This really is a healthier lifestyle, even if you can’t cut meat out completely. The more fruits and veggies you can eat the better. The more meat you cut out, the more fat you can cut out of your diet as well. However, protein is important, so be certain that your option allows you to maintain good protein levels.
White bread is good, but high fiber multigrain breads are much better. These breads are another way to add more fiber to your diet and they also have a good protein level.
Pork does not assist in weightloss in any way. The less pork you eat, the better off you will be when trying to lose weight. Pork has a high fat content and includes food items such as bacon, ham and sausage. Limit your sugar intake as much as possible. If you must have sweetener in your coffee and tea, try to find an artificial sweetener that you don’t mind the taste of. However, these things are not all that healthy either and should be limited as well.
Try grazing five to six times a day. These are those small meals we discussed earlier. Some people lose weight better when they never feel hungry and grazing on healthy food items can do this for you. Plus, it keeps your metabolism working, which will burn fat naturally. Don’t worry about cheating, but don’t cheat for a meal. Eat sweets and your favorite cheat food for the flavor only. If you want dessert after dinner, share one with the whole family. You’ll get the flavor, but not the pounds.
Watch your fat intake. Each fat gram is 9 calories. If you know your total calories then you can figure the amount of fat in those items. Take it easy on the salt and try to cut what you use in half. Salt is one of the main causes of obesity.
Please also read the Part-1 of this series here.