lifestyle, / 2016 December 13
Do you want to know the secret of the most effective weight loss process?
The secret to the most effective weight loss process lies in supplementing your exercise with the right food, and the right amounts.
It's a myth that you can lose weight just by exercising. Because if your diet still consists of greasy, unhealthy foods in large amounts, it's probable that your exercise doesn't make up for burning off those calories. So take less, and you'll need to exert less.
Healthy foods don't just help you lose weight, it makes you feel good. You're lighter on your feet, you're motivated to do your daily activities, you look in the mirror with a smile on your face. Why? Because your skin also brightens, glows, clears up, you name it. Your hair becomes silkier, stronger, less brittle. You get sick less often, you feel stronger. There is so much good in adopting a better diet.
Now we all know what comprises a healthy diet - fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, vitamins, minerals, beans, fibers et cetera. But what about calorie counting, portion control and intake?
This article will act as your guide to help you navigate through the many questions running through your mind.
What is a serving size?
There are many different measurements for this. Some people claim it's as much as a tennis ball, or as much as a deck of cards. But it's interesting, that when it comes to hunger, that measurement might just look bigger in your head. So, here's a simple way to measure it to prevent you from cheating to crush your hunger pangs.
One serving is equal to the size of your palm. Keep your palm cupped for fruits and grains, flat for meats, and keep two cupped hands for vegetables.
How many calories should you be eating?
The best way to count your calories, in my experience, is through the app called "My Fitness Pal". This app has a database of over 2,000,000 foods, which counts your calories for you. You'll find just about anything you need calculated.
- Go to a website http://www.calculator.net/calorie-calculator.html
- Provide your details and calculate the amount of calories you need everyday
- Join MyFitnessPal and enter your target calorie intake
- Add your breakfast, lunch and dinner meals to count the calories you've taken and to meet your everyday goals
Portion Control and Frequent Eating
What most people do wrong in the process of losing weight is skipping meals. Skipping meals actually tricks your body into thinking it is starving, so the next time you eat your meal, instead of burning it, it will actually store it. That means it will be harder to burn it off. It also slows down your metabolism, which again means it's harder to use up the foods you're eating.
Here's a simple practice you can adopt. Split your meal into half, and eat each portion with a gap of two to three hours. This will make sure you keep your metabolism busy and your body satisfied, all the while eating the proportions you need, without exceeding it.