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Published on: 26 Jun 2011 by leily
So I know I take forever to blog back oh well, such is life! This time I'm going to discuss how one should eat when they are going about a weight loss regime, its really not complicated so I'll go through a step-by-step of what worked for me and others who have lost much more than I have. First, I don't care what your favourite drink is but water needs to be consumed like crazy! I said it before, and I'll say it again, 8 glasses a day (2 litres, four 500 mL bottles), water helps metabolize fat. *As a little side note, a great thing to try is to put a slice of lemon in your water everyday its good for the skin and lemon also aids with fat-chopping :p. Second, calories need to be cut down and making a change in between about 1700 and 1500 calories is a good place to start. Now let's get real here, you are going to be hungry, I won't lie you will crave and crave (you won't starve, but your belly will grumble). The thing is that you have to realize that the amount of food you were eating before was not conducive to a healthy or in your eyes "good" body weight, this hunger will eventually subside but you're just going to have to cope initially and know that yes you will binge on some days but you must try and try to maintain your self control because the end goal here is to lose weight! The third step should be taken when you've mastered eating 1500 calories a day, when I say mastered, I mean you are either full by eating that many calories or you aren't dying to eat more after that's all you have consumed (in general, once you're comfortable with that much food in your belly). The third step is essentially cutting your calories down again by another 200 whatever you dropped to cut it down again by 200, the goal is to eventually be consuming no more than 1200 calories a day (I go lower but for the sake of not being accused of encouraging an eating disorder, 1200 is good). Eventually, 1200 calories is not going to make you lose weight alone however, that is why you must be working out also to keep it going so you don't plateau and start thinking that this is wasting your time.
So by this point someone who is against people (women) stressing their weight is probably thinking, "wow, she hasn't said anything about healthy eating", well fear not, I will now be discussing super foods and how they help you. High fibre foods with whole grains and all that hearty stuff are good to eat on the regular cause they make you poop meaing your food is digesting and fat and other waste materials are being sent out and it helps reduce the feeling of hunger (generally leading to less calorie consumption). Blueberries are awesome, they are great for weight loss as they are high in fibre, low in calories and sugar, and they contain antioxidants (chemical compunds that keep us healthy by fighting free radicals, which are cells that damage our immune system and cause illnesses like cancer), other fruits that have the same effects as blueberries are grape fruit and apples (high in fibre!). Baby spinach leaves also have ingredients known as tylakoids which apparently suppress hunger, in general, baby spinach also boosts your metabolism. Really, the key here is to load up on the fruits and veggies, and don't limit yourself! People always seem to attach veggies and fruits with boredom but you need to explore healthy ways to reinvent old recipies. For instance, instead of a traditional salad with some high-fat, high-calorie dressing, I take dry baby spinach leaves and eat them with blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries so I taste the fruit without the yucky spinach taste. Another tip here is to buy 100 calories versions of your favourite snack (so I love smartfood popcorn, so I buy little 100-calorie bags), however, I wouldn't recommend this for anyone who hasn't truly mastered self control (those bad boys are addicting). My last food tip is to take a look at your dinner plate, divide it into three sections: 2/3 of the plate is for veggies, 1/3 is for meat and the other is for your grains, that should help you understand how much of everything you should be eating.
Primarily, what you have to do here is know yourself, understand your likes/dislikes, know what your boundaries are and figure out what works for you, and really make sure that you are following your own nutirition guide because what works for you won't work for your friend or your mom or dad or whoever, its all about you.
*Where there is a will, there is a way! Weight loss nutrition is all about self discovery so feel free to explore and find what works for you!!
I don't know what I'll address next, if anyone has any questions or tips, let me know :)