3 Proven Strategies to Improve Your Chances at Weight Loss Success!
The decision to lose weight is not one that many make lightly (pardon the pun). In fact, most of the time the challenges only increase once the decision is made; past failures hinder motivation and bring about disappointment, making it harder to approach new methods with genuine enthusiasm and effort. Healthy eating and healthy food choices are the best way that these disappointments can be overcome, and it is not as challenging as you may think. If you apply the following 3 proven strategies, your weight loss efforts WILL be successful.
1. Stop Counting Calories and Count Ingredients Instead.
Let’s illustrate this point with a simple demonstration where you are faced with two potential meals. One has three ingredients: broccoli, chicken breast and baked potato. The other is a “Lean/Healthy/Smart” frozen dinner that has the same contents on the packaging, but exponentially more ingredients on the side of the box.
In the first meal, you have an example of healthy balanced nutrition proportionately composed of vitamins, proteins and carbs. More importantly, you know precisely what you’ll be eating as the contents are only three ingredients deep. Compare this to the frozen ‘healthy’ dinner which is loaded with preservatives and chemicals, and then decide for yourself which you think is better. If you ask any health expert, I guarantee you will be advised to opt for low-ingredient meals over low-calorie meals every time.
2. Stop Drinking Your Calories
Healthy eating and healthy food choices make an enormous difference in your life, but what you’re drinking can have just as profound an effect. Depending on your metabolic rate, your body requires anywhere from 1800-2400 calories/day; when you’re trying to lose weight, the quality of these calories is crucial. One can of cola contains 140 calories -if you drink three each day that’s nearly a third of some people’s recommended daily caloric intake! Be wise about the kind of energy you provide your body -sugar is the simplest and most dangerous carbohydrate around when not used properly, and soft drinks are packed with them. There is nothing wrong with water or modest amounts of milk.
3. Always Eat Consistently
Low-calorie and low-carb diets are all doomed because they neglect your body’s fundamental desire for sufficient fuel. Your body needs energy to burn fat; by lowering your calorie intake, you are effectively cutting off your body’s energy supply. Let’s be clear, hunger will never produce lasting life-changing weight loss. In fact, most people actually need to be eating more often to start seeing real results take shape. Consistent eating fuels your metabolism and improves the rate at which your body can burn fat; try to start eating 350-450 calorie meals every 3-4 hours to see what I mean.
With a little ambition and a lot of dedication, life-changing weight loss can be firmly within your grasp. Keep educating yourself so that you can avoid the mistakes millions of others have made before you. Apply these proven strategies of healthy eating and healthy food choices and your challenges will vanish!