4 Tips For Balancing Diet During Weight Loss
The Ugly Truth About Balancing Your Diet
The biggest seller is cookbooks, and the second is diet books – how not to eat what you’ve just learned how to cook.
Andrew Aitken Rooney ‧ American radio and television writer
Can you drop 10 pounds in two weeks? Sure, probably. Should you? Most likely not. Unless you are morbidly obese and being strictly monitored by your doctor, extreme weight loss is an unhealthy goal and can lead to real damage to your body.
Why am I opening with this? Because I want to convey the importance of not only losing weight, but losing weight in a healthy and sustainable way. It's not enough to shed a few pounds. If you don't do it the right way, you risk gaining the weight back... or worse.
To stay healthy and in order to maintain long-term weight loss, you have to balance your diet and make sure you are getting everything you need to nourish yourself and stay healthy. Below, I am going to discuss four tips with you for keeping your diet balanced and your body healthy during your period of weight loss.
#1. Period Of Weight Loss
Notice the emphasis on the word 'period'. This is because you should view your weight loss as a periodic thing, not a permanent thing.
FACT: Losing weight safely and at a realistic pace is the best way to reach your healthy weight and to maintain that weight in the long term.
Eventually, your body should balance out, and you will eventually hit your target weight and stay there. If you start to dip below your target weight, you will need to adjust your food intake and diet to make sure you don't fall below your healthy weight.
If you are dieting correctly, you will hit the point where you are taking in the number of calories and burning the appropriate amount of fat. You need to realise when you've got there and stop decreasing your caloric intake. Sure, you could lose the weight faster, but you want to make sure you are getting the amount of nutrients to sustain yourself, so you aren't nutritionally starving.
#2. Hit All Of Your Food Groups
Some diets tote the value of cutting out this food group or that. There are low/no carb diets, low/no fat diets, etc. The thing is, your body needs these things to sustain itself and the only reason you are losing weight is that you are starving your body of important nutrients.
The key here is portion control. Just because you need carbohydrates, doesn't mean you need a roll of bread and an entire potato. Find the portions for each food group and make sure you aren't nutritionally deficient.
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#3. Make Sure It's All On The Plate
Every meal should hit every food group, every time. Don't cut out food groups and hope you'll make them up later. Unless you have been planning six meals a day schedule that accounts for the appropriate daily intake of each food group, make sure that your meals have all the major food groups built into them.
Reducing sugars and starches, or carbs, from your diet can help curb your appetite, lower your insulin levels, and make you lose weight. When you do so, your hunger levels go down, and you end up eating fewer calories. Setting realistic goals will help you lose weight safely and will make you more likely to maintain it.
FACT: Reducing sugars and starches, or carbs, from your diet can help curb your appetite, lower your insulin levels, and make you lose weight.
#4. Consult An Experienced Nutritionist
The internet is full of incredible information for your health. It's also filled with a tonne of BS. This is your health we are talking about, and you shouldn't risk it on a site that has questionable credentials.
The Bottom Line
Losing weight safely and at a realistic pace is the best way to reach your healthy weight and to maintain that weight in the long term. If possible, consult a nutritionist before taking internet advice and making drastic changes to your diet. If you do these four things, you can drop all the weight you want to drop in a healthy and efficient way!
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