Many of us want to lose weight. It might be just a few pounds that you’ve gradually gained, or you need to get rid of some excess weight for health reasons. Yet no matter what the motivation behind this change may be, you’ll want to make sure you carry out your weight-loss journey in the most healthy way.
It can be tricky to figure out what’s the best thing for you to do, though. So here are some of the items you could include in your new lifestyle to make sure that you lose weight in the healthiest way you can.
Have A Plan
You may have heard of the saying ‘calories in, calories out’ in that you should burn more than you eat or drink - but it’s not as simple as that. How well your body turns your calories into fuel also matters. It’s bad for you if you cut too many calories: you slow down your metabolism, which means you might not get enough nutrients.
There are some ways you can plan without cutting out too many calories, including:
- Working out how many calories you usually have in a day, and reduce that a bit
- Read food labels to see how many calories are in each serving
- Reduce your portions
- Drink more water - you won’t be as hungry
You will need to favor foods that are good for you - such as fruit, vegetables, lean protein and whole grains. You could work with a dietician or weight loss doctors to create a plan to cover your requirements and look at what HealthySteps you can take.
You may have your smartphone with you at all times, so you can use apps to help you with tracking your eating. You could instead have a paper food journal with what you eat and when.
You’ll want people on your side, too, who will keep you motivated - so ask friends and family to support your weight-loss efforts. You could join a weight loss group, and talk about how it's going with others who relate. Also speak with someone who has also lost weight in a healthy way for inspiration and support.
Eating while you’re distracted may lead to you consuming more calories and so gaining more weight. Eating at the dinner table, away from potential distractions, is a great way to keep your weight down and to reconnect with your loved ones. Smartphones should also be set aside when you’re eating; scrolling through your social media feeds while eating may lead to you consuming more calories than you need as you’re distracted by whatever it is you may be paying your attentions to.
Bring Out Your Inner Chef
It’s been found that cooking more meals at home promotes weight loss and healthy eating. Going to restaurants can be enjoyable and fit into your healthy eating plan - yet focusing on making more meals at home is a good way to keep your weight in check. This also lets you experiment with new healthy ingredients, while saving money.
Rushing meals or eating on the go may mean you have too much, too quickly. So be mindful of your food, and think about how each bite tastes. You might be more aware of when you're full, reducing your chances of overeating.