Weight loss is closely related to nutrition. To lose weight you need to not only reduce the amount of calories taken in, but also the type of calories you eat. For instance, you cannot lose weight consuming sugary and/or high fat foods. Even though you may be taking in fewer calories, they are empty calories.
Fried foods are delicious but not very good for you. Instead of frying your food, try other methods of cooking. You can boil, bake, poach, steam or even roast your meats and vegetables. Experiment with new cooking methods to discover new and exciting aspects of aliments you thought you knew well.
While fruit is a great option for many people trying to lose weight fruit juices are not always so good. Ones that come prepackaged are almost always very heavy in sugar and calories. Fresh juice is better if you don’t add any extra sugar but still not quite as good as fresh fruit.
One very simple way to shave some calories off of your daily total is to switch to diet soda and water. Each eight ounce cup of regular soda has more than 100 calories and diet soda and water have zero. This means if you usually consume four cups of soda a day you can save 400 calories by making the switch.
If you find yourself feeling hungry but you don’t want to add any calories to your day you can chew on something that has no calories. Many people like to eat calorie-free veggies like celery, but carrots are another good option. This will help to keep your mouth moving.
If you want to be successful in your weight loss efforts, make a commitment to stop supersizing your servings at restaurants. By deciding to choose the smallest portions available when you eat out, you can save hundreds of calories per meal and reduce your intake of unhealthy fats, sugars and sodium.
Try using a smaller plate to control your portion sizes. Most dinner plates are far larger than they need to be. Because of this, you can wind up taking more food that you actually need in order to fill up your plate. By choosing a smaller plate, you will automatically take less food, which in turn, can help you lose weight.
When you go to a restaurant you should not feel too embarrassed to ask if certain things can be omitted or modified. While it is not a good idea to change things too much, it should not be a hassle to ask for no butter, salad instead of fries, or any sauce on the side.
Make sure you have a support group or weight loss buddy to help you on your quest to lose weight. Whether it is someone you can talk to when you need it or someone who is also trying to actively lose weight, engaging someone else is a great way to keep yourself on track and motivated.
Eating a diet high in fiber which would include whole grains, raw or cooked vegetables and fresh fruit creates a sense of fullness and satisfies hunger longer. Nuts can also be helpful in losing weight but you should stay away from high fat nuts like cashews. Hard nuts like almonds take longer to eat and are lower in fat.