Hello again! Today I want to talk about food and eating for weight loss. Eating at regular intervals, eating the proper amounts, and eating the correct foods are key for weight loss or weight management for that matter. It is important to eat three meals and at least two snacks daily. Your body needs fuel to function properly just like an automobile needs gas. If you put junk in your body, your probably going to feel like…well junk. So we’re not going to do that.
The first step is planning. You need to plan your week in advance. You need to have everything lined up and ready to go so that you don’t have to think about it or come up with something last minute. If that seems like too much for you at first, then start with a day at at time. The important thing is to plan. Don’t get hung up on the details. Here is a link for a printable meal planner. You will want to eat every three to four hours if at all possible. Have your first meal soon after waking up in the morning. This will get your metabolism going and give you the energy to start your day. So, plan the times for your three main meals and then plan to have a snack in between. I will get into more specifics about the actual food a little later. Just remember, a great result always starts with a good plan!
Portion sizes are a big problem for a lot of us. We are used to going out to dinner and being brought huge portions. We don’t feel like we have got our money’s worth otherwise because that’s what we have become used to. One good idea is to use a smaller plate to eat from. Always check food labels to determine what a serving size is and how many calories are in each serving. Click here for a look at portion control. It is a printable guide from Harvard Medical School.
Choose the correct foods that will give you the most bang for your buck, so to speak. Whole foods, meaning foods that have not been processed or changed from their original form, are the best option. Each meal should include fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Don’t forget your water. You need at least two quarts daily, some people require more than that to stay hydrated. If you become dehydrated, your body will not burn calories efficiently so, drink up. If you stick to these tactics, you’ll be well on your way to reaching your goals.
Up next, sample food plans. Stay tuned.