Tips on Losing Weight: A Guide to a Healthy Diet

Tips on Losing Weight A Guide to a Healthy Diet

Most people want to lose weight to improve their health and increase their self-worth by feeling good when they look in the mirror. People are usually misguided when it comes to the importance of eating while they diet because they end up starving themselves during the process, which is a huge mistake. A diet is supposed to be a guide to obtain your preferred weight and improve your health and self-esteem, and that requires feeding your body what it needs.  So, there are a few things you need to be aware of if you want to start losing weight the right way.

Never skip breakfast.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it gives you energy to have a head start and be productive. So start your day right by eating a meal. If you fail to eat breakfast, you will probably eat a lot more at lunch because you are starving and trying to compensate for the breakfast that you missed. As a result, you will likely consume more calories than planned.  If you eat at every meal, however, you can maintain more organized control over what you’re consuming.  There is no need to worry about gaining weight if you’re eating the right things in the right portion sizes.

The next tip is to have small frequent meals. It is ideal to eat 5 times a day. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner with snacks in between. This is a technique many people use to allow their bodies to process their food better and to avoid overeating at lunch and dinner. The key is to never starve yourself because the more you stop yourself from eating, the more you compensate for it by the time you do eat again.

Plan your diet ahead of time. Make a list of the dishes that you want to eat every day because it helps you calculate and regulate your calorie intake. Write your planned meals on a piece of paper, so you will have a guide to follow.  Your success rate for sticking to your diet will increase if you plan your diet every day.

Do not eat fast food or processed food. These foods have a lot of preservatives in them, which is unhealthy for consumers. Remember that what you are aiming to do is have a healthy and balanced life by eating the right kind of food. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables because they are high in fiber, which will help increase your metabolism and promote a healthy stomach. You are what you eat, so if you eat unhealthy foods, expect to have negative results. Also, be sure to include protein in your diet, whether it be from meat or other vegetarian alternatives.  Carbohydrates are also important because they are where you get your energy. Most people think that carbs make them gain more weight, but the truth is that you have to have a certain amount of carbs each day…just be sure you calculate them ahead of time so you don’t consume more than you need.

A healthy diet partnered with exercise is the best way to lose weight. Even simply jogging or walking for 10-20 minutes three times per week will make a huge difference.

-M. Germaine Parra
D.C. Area RealtorFeng Shui Consultant
Licensed in DC, MD and VA
Long and Foster Realtors
6862 Elm Street Office, McLean, VA  22101
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