Losing weight can be tricky. Picking the right diet, exercise schedule and lifestyle to follow can be pretty difficult now that we live in an age of information overload. Every new fad seems like the best thing ever but there’s been so many now that people lose faith.
However, the gimmick-free way to lose weight is to simply go into a caloric deficit. If you’re eating less calories than you’re expending then your body will got to it’s fat stores for energy. Working out how many calories you need per day can be boring and make the task seem daunting. Nobody wants to have to get their scales out at every meal to work out exactly how many calories they’re eating. It’s not fun for you and you’re not fun to be around.
Instead, there are certain methods you can implement alongside a general sense of sensibility to make sure that being in a calorie deficit is effortless.
Firstly, eating lots of fibrous vegetables is a sure fire way to make sure that you feel full on a lower calorie diet. Vegetables contain next to no calories but are packed with fiber so will keep you feeling fuller for longer. Dark leafy greens are a perfect source of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and can work in a variety of dishes due to their versatility when it comes to cooking. To make sure that you’re getting in lots of vitamins and minerals then try to ‘eat then rainbow.’ This means eating vegetables from a wide range of colors.
Another great tip is to increase your protein intake. Protein is low calorie at only 4kcal per gram (fat is 9kcal per gram) but also keeps you feeling satiated. It’s much easier to eat endless slices of chocolate cake than it is chicken breasts. Turkey, beef, pork, chicken, lamb and fish are all perfect but just try to make sure they’re quite lean to minimize the caloric value.
Lastly, just make sure that you’re eating a variety of foods in general. No diet ever succeeded from completely cutting out a food group like fats or carbohydrates. Instead, just be sensible and have everything in moderation. It can be tricky but once you realize that you don’t have to restrict yourself of anything particular then you’re less likely to slip into binging habits. Each macronutrient (fats, carbohydrates and protein) has a purpose in the body.
Eat mostly a wide nutrient dense foods from nature and then have a little treat every now and then. The key is building sustainable habits not quick fixes.