Avoid the Diet Confusion
What to Eat or Not to Eat, That is the Question
Are you under the impression that to lose weight and keep it off, you must give up all the foods you love. I’ve been there stressing out over what I should or shouldn’t eat. I have cleared the food from the pantry and refrigerator restocking them with only healthy foods. Trying to convince yourself that you will never again in your life eat another unhealthy item is unrealistic and it puts unnecessary pressure on yourself. Creating a Do Not Eat List is a waste of time and it’s not helpful. I do believe in eating healthy but ALL FOODS can be part of a balanced diet in the correct portions.
Be Aware of Caloric Intake
Mindless eating has become a major problem. Have you ever sat in front of the TV with a large bag of chips for movie night? Was the bag empty by the end of the movie? Did you even glance at the nutritional facts before throwing away the empty bag? If you have been a mindless eater, it’s okay most of us have been guilty of this.
Knowing how many daily calories are appropriate is a major step in achieving weight loss and controlling weight gain. To lose weight, you must burn more calories than you take in, but how can we do this having no idea how many calories we intake in. With calorie intake in mind, unfortunately it is still possible to over eat on healthy foods (except for a few high fiber, green veggies). A good way to track your calories is to keep a food diary or use a food tracking app like MyFitnessPal or CalorieKing. Weighing your food on a scale also helps until you can eye the appropriate portions.
Be Aware of Your Hot Button Foods
The hot button foods are foods that you enjoy so much that once you’ve had a taste, you tend to go crazy like and it’s a free for all on food. Portion control has gone completely out the window. For some this food may be pizza, ice-cream, chocolate, bread, or hot wings. One of my hot button foods is pasta. Those foods once you start eating them it’s hard to stop. You don’t have to ban these foods from your diet completely but not making them a routine part of your meal plan would probably be in your best interest. Since it’s more difficult to control the portion of these foods they can really start to derail your progress.
Be Careful Not to Drink Too Many Calories
Calories from beverages will not make you feel satisfied. You can continue to drink, drink, and drink like a fish underwater and still will not feel full. Not to mention that most of these beverages contribute little to no nutritional value and are packed with sugar. Water is always the best option for hydration but there are plenty of other zero-calorie beverage options to choose from. Investing in a high-quality juicer to liquefy some of those fruits and veggies is another healthy option. If you tend to go crazy on the alcohol at social events on the weekends, you will need to make some cutbacks there too.
Do Not Use Exercise as an Excuse to Eat More
I’m not saying you can’t enjoy your food – in fact, I want you to enjoy it but exercising is not an excuse to eat more than you normally would. Also, we don’t want it get in the habit of thinking that food is a reward. Remember, food is fuel to keep you going. There are plenty of other ways to treat yourself so have fun and get creative with this.
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