Weight loss is not something that you approach with a fire brigade mentality, after all, you did not gain all that weight overnight! it was a gradual process. So, healthy weight loss is more than a “diet” or a “program”. It is more of a lifestyle that you cultivate and involves long term changes in your everyday eating and exercising habits. This then produces results over time.
It is also possible that you view lots of information out there about weight loss. Some say reduce your carb intake, others declare that portioning is the GOAT – Greatest of all time. Yet others swear by exercising, choices, choices.
But this is not a one size fits all situation. Different people with varying body types and metabolisms have different programs that work for them. You might even have to go through a few false starts, do some trial and error before you finally find what your routine is.
Whatever weight-loss program you decide upon, there are some general dos and don’ts that you should pay attention to. Here they are:
Mind your calories
A popular weight-loss mantra is “reduce your calorie intake”. That is all well and good, you should do that, but which calories should you take less off? What many people don’t know is that calories are different.
You can gain calories from eating a green vegetable like cucumber and from eating chocolate. But there is a difference between the two. Chocolate is not filling, right? You do not eat it to feel satisfied, you eat it to feel good. Those are the kinds of calories that you should stay away from.
Eat food that fills you up but doesn’t contain lots of calories (like vegetables). Also, stay away from the calorie-full ones that still leave you hungry and wanting more.
All fat is not bad fat
Healthy fat could be beneficial to you, it can help you control your weight. What you want is unsaturated fat, the type in milk, soya, tofu, avocado, nuts, and fatty fish.
Another facet to fat consumption is that many people tend to choose the wrong “healthy alternatives” to some food. For instance, you are running away from fat, so you don’t buy whole-fat yogurt. But you buy non-fat yogurt instead, non-fat yogurt that has high sugar content. You are only exchanging one unhealthy food for another.
Do not starve yourself
This cannot be overemphasized enough. Because you are cutting back on calories does not mean you should not eat. Eat food rich in fiber like beans, vegetables, and whole grains. You will get filled up and it will also take longer to digest so you won’t have to eat often, perfect for losing weight!
These are simple and important tips about weight loss that you might not know, but that has a great effect on the entire process. Be consistent with whatever weight loss program you are following. Take note of these tips, add in a bit of exercise, and watch the body of your dream become a reality.