If you truly want to lose weight, you need to study up and learn how many calories you need throughout the day. Chances are you’re eating too much calories during the day without enough exercise. In order to lose the weight you want, you’re going to have to eat less and more healthy, and starting working out at least 5 days a week. Check out my post on what workout you should use in conjunction with the correct diet.
This part is crucial. No more fast food, no more cake for dinner, no more high fat foods. This is where your food pyramid really comes in handy. It’s amazing the power of vegetables and fruit actually do have on weight loss. Those are always great snakes (one of my favorites, ants on a log – cut up celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins). Try and create your own eating plan that follows the food pyramid and your calorie intake explained below.
It’s really important to start watching how many calories you eat throughout the day. I’m not saying you have to be one of those calorie counters carrying the notebook, calculator, and huge chart with you everywhere you go, but just be aware of how many calories you eat each meal. Say your calorie calculator suggests you intake 2000 calories a day, then breakdown your day and set limits for each meal like so:
- Breakfast: 500 calories
- Lunch: a healthy protein shake: 250 calories
- Small meal: 250 calories
- Dinner: 500 calories
- small snack before bed: 150 calories
- small healthy veggie or fruit snacks throughout the day to hold you over until the next meal: total of 350 calories
Your main goal is to just be aware of how many calories you eat during each meal and throughout the day. You won’t see results if you don’t make the mental commitment to change.
Hope this helps, and best of luck! Stay motivated – stay healthy – finish fitness, the right way!