If you have read the title of this article and clicked through to read it, then congratulations, that must mean that you are looking to go on a fitness journey, and to do it in a sensible, healthy fashion! There are so many dangerous fads and trends when it comes to dieting and exercise that people can often get themselves into trouble because they aren’t educated enough. To start you off on the right foot and ensure that you continue to make good choices throughout your journey, here is a beginner’s guide to healthy weight loss.
1. Three Meals/Two Snacks
A great place to start is to establish a routine of eating three healthy meals, complemented with two nutritious snack breaks across the course of the day. Skipping meals can wreak havoc on your metabolism, and it’s important to keep fuelled up and energised between lunch and dinner with handful of dried fruit or nuts etc. Keep that metabolism nice and fast and regular.
2. Drink Water
A neat weight loss trick is drinking a large glass of water before you sit down for every meal. Not only will this help to keep you hydrated, but it will also fill up your stomach and prevent you from overeating. Overeating even healthy foods isn’t a good thing, so the water will act as a stopper, and will aid in your weight loss massively.
3. Veggies First
I know it’s tempting to reach for meats and carbs first, but you should definitely be putting more focus on the vegetables in your daily meals. When you feel the need to satisfy your overeating tendencies, you will do no harm by indulging in a big plate of veggies, and with all the herbs and spices in the world at your disposal, there is no excuse to ever say that they are boring!
4. Snacking Danger Zone
Try to identify what your snacking danger zones are: these could be states of mind you get in, like when you are sad, or happy, or bored, or they could be physical areas like the office fridge, that coffee shop on the corner, or when you walk past your pantry. When you can come up with all of the times and places that make you most likely to snack, you can work on changing your routine or working on your state of mind!
5. Reduce Processed Foods
It really is all of the processed, pre-packaged stuff that should be on the top of your list when it comes to cutting things out. Excess sodium, sugar, and fat is what makes these products taste so good, but once they are inside your body, you can’t taste them anymore and they only ever serve to make your health and body worse!