Have you ever thought about eating everything that you want to and still being able lose weight?
I am sure many of us have, but we all know what we need to do. For weight loss, we need to focus on fruits and vegetables and limit our overall calorie intake.
But, what if you could still shed some pounds while eating foods you enjoy?A diet-blog reader commented on a post saying he eats what he loves and he has never had a weight problem. This struck me as a key idea that we all need to remember. Long term success of maintaining a healthy weight is often due to having a healthy relationship with food, enjoying what you eat, but not overdoing it either.
This is a hard concept to grasp for many people because food is tied to emotion, mood, stress, a person’s schedule, and habits. But, I believe that everyone can get to a point where you enjoy food and do not have to worry about weight gain.
Top 5 Tips for Achieving This Success:
- 80% of the time it is important to eat clean and healthy. The other 20% of the time, it is OK to feel as if you are indulging.
- Research has shown that some of the best long term weight loss comes from cutting only 200 calories from your diet per day. This is low enough to trick the brain into still feeling satisfied while it is just enough to cause gradual weight loss.
- Portion size is crucial for long term success. Re-evaluate your mealtime and snack-time portions. Even if you have chosen a richer food, focus on keeping your portion of that food smaller in comparison to other foods on your plate.
- The first few bites of any food are going to be the best tasting bites. Only put a few spoonfuls of the higher calorie foods on your plate to help keep yourself satisfied without loading up on calories.
- Learn to love your fruits and vegetables. Sometimes we get stuck in a boring routine of cooking the same vegetables and fruits. Shop in season and be open to trying new produce. This will help keep those nutritious and waistline friendly foods delicious and exciting.
Do you have any tips you have found helpful in achieving long term success maintaining a healthy weight while still eating your favorite foods?