When you are looking to lose some weight, the first thing that obviously comes to mind is putting yourself on a diet. The thing is, losing weight in a healthy way isn’t just down to drastically cutting your calorie intake, and doing things in an uneducated way might actually lead to more health problems than health benefits. Before you start out on your new fitness journey, it’s important to make sure that you are as clued up as to the right way to do things as possible. Here are ten of the best sensible eating tips to lose weight.
1. Clean Eating
The phrase might now be considered old hat but the sentiment remains strong. Commit to cutting out all processed and junks foods from your diet, instead focusing on things like eggs, chicken, fish, fruits and vegetables.
It’s vital to stay hydrated so your metabolism can run faster, and many people often mistake feelings of thirst and dehydration for feelings of hunger.
Eating healthy proteins will help you to build and maintain muscle rather than develop fat. You should aim to eat at least one gram of protein per pound of bodyweight a day.
4. High Fibre
You need fibre in your diet to keep you nice and regular and avoid things like bloating. Great examples are broccoli, whole grains, apples, peas and oatmeal.
5. Protein Shakes
Shakes are an easy way to make sure that your body still gets all of the nutrients that it needs whilst on a restricted calorie programme. And you can make them taste really delicious these days!
6. Key Avoids
Make sure that you avoid these following things at all costs. Number one, simple carbohydrates like white bread, rice, candy. Number two, fried foods. Number three, sodium nitrate that is found in lots of meats like bacon, sausage, and jerky.
7. Healthy Fats
Your body does need fats to operate properly, so you need to make sure they are ‘healthy’ fats found in things like almonds, walnuts, olives, salmon and natural peanut butter.
8. Slow Digesting Carbs
Eat slow digesting carbs like whole wheat bread, brown rice, beans and oatmeal to give you that slow release of energy that will stave of hunger cravings.
9. Fruit and Veg
There’s really no getting around this one. You should be eating as much fruit and vegetables as you can every day, both to fill your body with nutrients and to satisfy your hunger in a healthy way.
10. Cheat Day
We’re only human, we can’t be strict 100% of the time. A good way to ensure that you stay on top of things, in the long run, is to allow yourself a cheat day here and there. If you treat yourself every now and then, you will be less likely to crash and burn and start bingeing.