Dietary Lifestyle Tips
The key to losing weight is not just spending hours at the gym or working out, the majority of your weight loss/toning has to do with your dietary intake.
Here’s some tips:
- EATING is important so do it in moderate sized proportions about 5 times a day.
*** Meals should be 3 times a day with one snack after breakfast and after lunch.
*** Have your largest meal at the beginning of the day or for lunch. Having big dinner’s tend to make you retain all the food since you’re less active.
- Contrary to popular belief, eating often in small portions keeps you from gaining weight cause it helps your metabolism from slowing down.
- If you want sugary snacks, eat fruit, it has sugar in it, it’s sweet and it’s healthy.
*** You must try your hardest not to binge/eat unhealthy food for at least 21 days. (That’s how much is needed to break a habit.)
- Low sodium foods are good. Salty food makes your body retain water and makes you bloated.
- Drinking water is so much better than juice/soda’s obviously, but if you want something with flavor get your hands on some Green Tea.
*** Drink 1-2 glasses of water before you eat, it helps curb your appetite and possible cravings for unhealthy food.
- Throw out all the junk food from your cabinets/pantry. Either that, or finish it all before you start your new lifestyle.
- Eat salad: the more colorful the salad, the healthier it is! don’t be afraid to put on different veggies etc.
- Only eat lean cuts of meat, it has less fat and is healthier.
- After you passed 21 days of binge free days, award yourself if you’re truly dying for junk food. ONE cheat a week, and try not to make it the same day as your rest day of your workout.
- Fried Food= NO NO NO NO NO, doesn’t matter, stay away from using these as your cheat. A chocolate is better than this lol.
- Looking at nutritional value can be good if you’re comparing different brands for the best/healthiest food. Try not to count EVERY single calorie, it might cause you to become overly controlling about your intake and trigger ED.
*** If you still want to count, instead use **THIS SITE** as a journal for your calorie intake/exercise so you’re not doing it yourself.
- Increase your fiber intake, this includes:
*** Wheat/Whole Grain Foods
*** Broccoli/Baked Beans/Green Peas/Carrots
*** Pears/Orange/Apple Sauce/Apples
*** Oatmeal/Honey Nut Cheerios
*Bran Cereal/Bran Muffins etc.
- If you’re going out with friends, bring a low calorie/low fat snack! Also bring a small amount of money to risk cheating. It keeps you on your diet, and saves you money!
- When eating out, eat something light and healthy before so you won’t be tempted to binge and regret it.
Not directly related to food but:
- SLEEP is such a necessary part of your lifestyle. Too little or too much sleep makes you prone to weight gain. Sleep between 7-8 hours every night. Any less increases your appetite.