Everyone is trying to lose weight, get slim and fit into last year’s bikini. However, you should know by now that there’s no such thing as a quick-fix diet module. Losing weight healthily takes time and effort. Anything that forces you to lose weight at a very fast rate is not a friend of your body. In fact, it is probably the worst thing that can happen to your metabolism. Prevention.com states, that many women assume that 30 minutes of exercise will change their bodies, but it’s not automatic.
Keeping in mind that losing weight is one of those things that simply takes time, rushing it is a recipe for disaster. There are very intuitive ways to keep your weight down whilst at the same time have a healthy, happy life. Here are a few of the tips that can help you have a healthier, fitter existence.
Add Foods to your Diet, Don’t Take Away From It
Forget diet denial: Try adding foods to your diet instead of subtracting them.
Adding foods to your diet that are high in protein but are low in fats and carbohydrates leads to a less fattening diet. Carbs are bad because when your body doesn’t use them up, they get converted into fat for later use. Since in a developed country we always have access to high-carb, cheap foods, it’s unlikely that your body will need a store of fat to get through hard times. The problem is that your body does this unconsciously. One of the ways to prevent this from happening is by replacing a high carb intake with one that focuses more on proteins with only a minimal amount of fats and carbs. Proteins don’t add to the body’s fat stores but are useful in building muscle and other connective tissue, so your body still benefits.
Grocery Shopping When Hungry Is a Bad Idea
We’ve all been there, in the grocery store when we haven’t eaten lunch or dinner. Suddenly everything looks delicious and all we can think about is how satisfying it would be to eat all of those things after they are cooked. Reuters says,
Researchers found that people who hadn’t eaten all afternoon chose more high-calorie foods in a simulated supermarket than those who were given a snack just before online food shopping.
Scientifically, we are driven to get high-calorie foods when we’re hungry for the same reason the body stores fat when we don’t use all of our carbohydrates: it assumes that if we haven’t eaten on time, we are going to starve. Your body can be quite treacherous when it comes to maintaining your diet and doubly so when you’re faced with buying food for the week. Things end up in your grocery trolley that are loaded with a lot of high-calorie ingredients while beneficial foods are left by the wayside. Always eat before you grocery shop.
Breakfast Is Important
When we’re growing up, it has been pounded into our heads that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Now we understand why. It has been shown that people who eat breakfast first thing in the morning tend to consume fewer calories throughout the day. The reasoning behind it comes from the idea that your body starts digesting food in the morning when you eat breakfast. If you haven’t had breakfast, it demands more calories during the day to make up for it, leading to the same sort of overconsumption of carbs that leads to an unhealthy build-up of fat. In order to keep your weight at a manageable level, ensuring that you eat breakfast is very important. From a weight loss perspective, breakfast is actually the most important meal you will have all day. Eating breakfast sets the pace for your body’s digestion rate. It is also advised that you have a high-protein breakfast because protein tends to digest more slowly than carbs and a high-protein intake will have you feeling full for a longer time, lessening your craving for food during the day.
Plans Beat Fast Food
Planning helps you to determine the things you can have as opposed to fast food. We all know fast food is bad, but what happens when you don’t plan meals is that you get lazy and that leads to you giving in to temptation and ordering fast food. Having a list of meals you plan to make during the week helps you in two ways.
Firstly, it allows you to get all your ingredients ready beforehand and secondly (and most importantly) it ensures that you don’t give in to the temptation of ordering greasy, high-fat fast foods because you already have something to throw together at that date. Making a large serving size and having leftovers can also ruin your plan, since you tend to eat leftovers without giving any thought to the impact on your plan. Keeping leftovers in used single-serve boxes or trays makes it so that even if you eat those leftovers, you don’t overdo it.
Chewing Gum to Stop Nibbling
One of the major downfalls that women who cook tend to have is the urge to nibble while they cook. When you’re making something delicious in the kitchen, it takes a whole lot of willpower not to taste and sample every single thing that looks delicious. In order to avoid that, it’s much easier to simply chew gum. The gum in your mouth gives you something to focus on to take away the craving for samples, as well as makes it awkward enough so you don’t take the gum out to put samples into your mouth. I’m sure there’s someone around the kitchen who will help you with your taste tests.
There are a number of different ways that you can help you lower your calorie intake and reduce your weight in a healthy manner. You don’t need to subscribe to get-thin-fast diets and schemes. You just need to keep your wits about you. Making the resolution that you are going to be fitter and sticking to it is the first step. Always remember: Thinner is not necessarily fitter.