You’ve made the decision to commit to a personal lifestyle change and lose those excess pounds that have been dragging you down. Congrats on the first, of many, steps! You could be the most determined dieter in the world and follow a diet to the letter, but hunger and the feeling of need are always lurking. And once the feeling strikes, it’s a whole new ballgame. You must take steps to eat simple and healthy and avoid feeling hungry.
When hunger is high the chances of anyone sticking to a diet decline significantly, the chances of binging also greatly increase. So taking steps to eat enough good healthy food, and reduce hunger levels is essential. So here’s what you need to know:
What to eat to lose weight? – Some diet plans go the extreme and only instruct participants to nibble on foods in order to slim down. If you guessed that eating like a rabbit isn’t the basis of an organized effective weight loss strategy, you would be correct. Such extreme measure are never conducive to healthy weight loss, and may even be dangerous.
Yes you need to reduce the overall amount of calories you consume in a day, but you need make a concerted effort to make the calories you do consume good calories. Focus on the kinds of foods you can afford to eat in quantities that satisfy your hunger without accumulating unnecessary calories. Fatty foods contain the highest amounts of calories followed by sugar-latent ones. It goes without saying, but Fast Food and processed foods are always high in calories. It may be more convenient to grab some food on the go, but you are only hurting yourself in the end.
Chicken and Fish – Both contain lean protein and are excellent as part of your diet. All forms of meat that contain small amounts of cholesterol should be part of your diet. For example, eating large quantities of fish shouldn’t negatively impact on you weight loss program. The only precaution is to make sure that you do not use too much fatty oil while cooking it. Some people suggest you do not eat the skin in order to cut calories, but the skin contains some nutritional value itself and flavor, so there’s a trade-off for you to make.
Fruits – Fruits are vital to a long-term weight loss program. They help to increase your metabolism and burn your body’s excess energy, and thus fat. Do not eat fruits alone, you are most likely going to develop iron deficiency anemia if you do so. Fruits add an important component to your fat burning campaign. There are also a variety of fruits and vegetables available throughout the year, so this adds some room for you to add variety to your diet, and makes it less likely you will get bored with your meal plan.
Beans – Beans are an excellent food for weight watchers. Beans are a nutrient-rich food and contain a variety of important proteins. They also tend to have some a high amount of carbohydrates, so be mindful of this when serving them as a side dish.
Diary – Low-fat milk is widely available at most consumer markets. Cottage cheese and yogurt are two other effective weight loss foods. Losing weight dictates a lifestyle change, so you must be prepared if you want to attain your goals.
Eat Regularly – Again I stress, be sure that you’re eating regularly. If you maintain frequent meals, you won’t suffer from low blood sugar levels and it’s this low blood sugar level that increases your hunger. Don’t be a rabbit and nibble and pick at food all throughout the day. Aim to eat every three to four hours and you’ll see a significant reduction in your appetite. By keeping a regular schedule throughout the day, you are able to train your body out of its’ bad habits.
Keep Carbohydrate Levels Moderate – If you want to quickly lower your hunger level, one thing you can do is reduce the carbohydrate content of your diet plan. There are three primary nutrients that are needed for a body to keep functioning properly taken together called macro-nutrients: proteins, carbs, and dietary fats. Of these, carbohydrates are the ones that will boost your appetite the most. Thus, controlling, not eliminating carbs, will keep your body in proper health and help weight loss.
By keeping your carbohydrate intake lower and pairing any carbs you do eat with proteins, you can eliminate the need for you to nibble on empty calorie snacks before and after meals.
Get Enough Sleep – Finally, don’t forget to get in enough sleep each night. Sleep is going to be critical for any weight loss success. Those who don’t get enough sleep at night notice an increase in their appetite the next day, due to the body craving a quick source of energy due to fatigue. A regular sleep pattern along with a regular food schedule greatly increase the success rate of any weight loss program.
Healthy eating habits combined with regular exercise and fat burners, in some cases, are needed to help you achieve weight loss naturally. All of these tips, or any combination of them, should quickly and systematically put you back in control of you and your weight loss. You made the decision to tackle your weight, great! Now kick it into overdrive.