Eating To Lose Weight

eating to lose weightWhen you’re ready to start a diet you normally start thinking of all the things you’ll have to give up to lose weight.  Some people never make it pass this point!   And since diets just tend to make you fatter let’s concentrate on eating to lose weight, not dieting!

Drastically reducing your calorie intake may sound like the way to lose weight but it’s hard to stick with.  And the weight you lose will be muscle, not fat. Additionally, following such a calorie restricted diet will cause your metabolism to slow to a crawl!  You’re likely to always feel hungry, end up binge eating and feeling like a failure.  Why would you want to put yourself through that?

When you concentrate on developing healthy eating habits and add in exercise you’ll be surprised at how much you can be eating to lose weight.

Small, Frequent Meals

Believe it or not you can eat more than you think and still lose weight if you make the right choices.   Eating frequently causes you to burn more calories.   By eating small frequent meals you’ll help control cravings and prevent binge eating.  You’ll also find that following this eating pattern will give you more energy and result in less fat storage.

You’ll be able to turbo-charge your metabolism and get results faster than going on a “diet” and feeling miserable!

Start Off With Breakfast

Breakfast is a must if you want to lose weight.  If you consider yourself one of those who never eats breakfast — start!  You don’t have to eat the minute you wake up but you should make it a point to have something within about 2 hours of waking.  And breakfast doesn’t have to be traditional.  As long as you pick healthy choices breakfast can be as traditional as oatmeal or as untraditional as a tortilla made with beans and rice.

Throughout the rest of the day you should try to eat about every 3 hours.  Ideally this meal would be about 300 calories and always consist of a complex carb and a lean protein.

Learn to slow down

We’ve become too accustomed to eating on the run.  If you just slow down and learn to enjoy your food and the people you’re with your metabolism will work more efficiently, you won’t tend to overeat and you won’t be as likely to store food as fat.

Add Fiber

Fiber is truly a “dieter’s” friend.  When you eat high fiber foods your body has to work harder to digest them causing you to burn more calories.  High fiber foods make you feel fuller longer so you’re less likely to overeat later.  And high fiber foods can actually work to decrease your appetite.

Studies have found that women who get less than 13 grams of fiber daily are five times more likely to be overweight as those who get more fiber in their diets.

Get in the habit of adding high fiber foods like veggies, fruits, grains, beans and nuts.

You may be thinking that eating this way will be hard on your schedule.  It will take some planning. But once you get into the habit of this routine you’ll be so happy with the results you will be much more likely to make the effort to get organized.

Add In Exercise

Now that you’re focusing on eating to lose weight you need to add a workout routine that includes cardio and strength training.  Combined, these exercises will help you burn more fat and build more muscle.

Your eating routine is already boosting your metabolism and when you add exercise you’re getting double the benefit.

You don’t have to starve yourself to lose weight.  In fact it has the exact opposite effect on weight loss.  You can be full, satisfied and happy when you’re eating to lose weight the right way.

 

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