By Devin Almonte
If you’re trying to lose weight, a healthy, calorie controlled diet needs to be the foundation. However, many people don’t take this into account when attempting to drop the pounds and as a result, their fat loss efforts suffer. We think we can just exercise our way out of bad eating and that's just not the case. That’s why I’m going to be share with you five of the best weight loss diet tips.
While the quality of the calories you eat is very important when trying to lose weight, the amount of calories you consume will ultimately determine your fat loss success. Even if all your calories are coming from healthy and natural foods, if you eat too much, you’ll struggle to lose weight. Therefore, make sure you have a general awareness of the total number of calories you’re consuming and if you struggle to drop the pounds over an extended period of time, consider reducing your total caloric intake. Apps like MyFitnessPal are great ways to track your caloric intake.
I am so saddened by how unhealthily processed our food industry is today. Eating a regular diet of such processed foods it the quickest way to surrender good health. Note that I'm not talking about processed bagged spinach or even some processed yogurt. Almost any food we eat is altered in some fashion and therefore considered processed. I'm talking about processed food that has been processed with chemicals, contains ingredients that have been refined, or has artificial flavors, colors, or other synthetic components. Not only could it potentially lead to illness, it can be a sure way to weight gain.
Natural, unprocessed foods are REAL food and generally low in calories. In addition to this, they’re a fantastic source of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Not only do these nutrients help your body perform many essential functions but they also put it in an optimal fat burning state. Processed foods are generally high in calories and contain a fraction of the nutrients that can be found in natural, unprocessed foods. This means by choosing natural, unprocessed foods over processed foods, you consume less calories overall and burn more body fat as a result of the additional nutrients.
If you want to get the maximum flavor out of natural, unprocessed foods and truly enjoy your meals, then you need to learn to cook. Note that I didn't say you need to learn to be a chef. There's quite a difference! This may seem daunting at first if you’re used to living off processed foods that require minimal preparation. But if you are truly looking for change, then you need to focus on what you are putting in your body and that starts in the kitchen with a recipe.
Once you get started with some simple recipes, you’ll quickly pick it up and be enjoying a wide range of healthy, low calorie meals in no time at all. The more you enjoy these meals, the more likely you are to keep eating them which prevents you from falling back into bad habits and binging on unhealthy foods. If the idea of cooking really throws you off, then I strongly recommend signing up for a online delivery meal service. There are tons of healthy options to choose from.
Making the switch from processed foods to natural, unprocessed foods will give your weight loss efforts a huge boost. Reno, author of The Eat-Clean Recharged!, tells us that we can lose up to three pounds a week by dedicating ourselves to the clean eating lifestyle. However, if you want to take it a step further, adding multiple servings of vegetables to every meal is a great way burn even more body fat. Most vegetables contain less than 50 calories per serving and have a very high concentration of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. However, despite their low calorie content, vegetables are surprisingly filling and do a great job of satisfying your appetite. This makes them a great fat burning food and the more you eat them, the more weight you’ll lose.
Now, for those of you that are like me, mentally this can be a hard change. I have a few select veggies that are my go-to veggies and they greatly influenced by their overall taste and texture. And unfortunately, they don't give me the minimum daily dose of greens that my body needs. So if this describes you, there is an green alternative called 8Greens. I sell this superfood tablet on-air for QVC and I cannot give it enough gold stars. It's an effervescent supplement that gives you your daily does of REAL greens. It's the perfect way to fill in the gap when I am not meeting my nutritional needs and it takes good! I take this twice a day and it has made such a difference in how I feel and how I care for my body. The backstory on the founder of 8Greens is quite amazing as well and well worth a read.
Losing weight does require a certain level of discipline when it comes to your diet. However, being too strict with what you eat and making certain foods forbidden rarely works and often leads to strong cravings followed by large, unhealthy binges. Therefore, to avoid binge eating and make your weight loss diet is manageable in the long term, you should enjoy cheat meals in moderation.
I dislike the term cheat meal because it makes it seem like you are doing something you should not be doing. If it's something you shouldn't be doing, then you shouldn't be doing it!
I prefer the term relaxed meals instead of cheat meals because I think you should always strive to eat well and balanced, rather than giving into your whims with a cheat day or cheat meal. With that said, we are all human and we all fall short of perfection. And don't we all need a breather from time to time? Maybe it's cold outside and you want to curl up and warm up with a heavy and hearty meal. Maybe you want to enjoy an ice cream sundae with your kids. Do that! Just be conscious of your emotions around food and don't let the two get entangled with one another.
These cheat meals or relaxed treats can include any foods you like and the only rule is that you consume them 20% of the time and stick to healthy, natural, unprocessed foods the remaining 80% of the time. Doing this provides you with a buffer to eat any foods you desire but also ensures that most of the time, you’re eating foods that promote fat loss.
By making these simple but effective dietary changes, you’ll notice a huge difference and your excess body fat will start to melt away. So if you’ve been struggling with weight loss for a while, make sure you implement these tips and change how you look and how you feel!
Always consult your physician before beginning any diet or exercise program. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate diet or exercise prescription.
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