Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Regulated Eating Strategies to Lose Weight

There is no doubt that diet is the most important factor when it comes to losing weight. Just think about this: you can consume 500 calories in less than 5 minutes but you have to exercise around 30 minutes to burn that number of calories. The bottom line is that even if you exercise several hours daily but you still consume more calories than your body needs, you will not lose weight. Here are the strategies that can help you lose weight for good. 

Emotional Eating
Emotional eating is one of the main causes of being overweight or obese. If you’re an emotional eater, you need to solve the problem at its roots. Therapy is the best way to solve this problem. You can also solve it on your own as long as you determine the exact triggers that lead to your emotional eating. Once you find these triggers, you can create tactics to help you overcome them. 

Prepare Your Food in Advance
One of the most effective ways to regulate your eating is by preparing your own food. You can create your own delicious yet low calorie meals and bring it with you wherever you go. Whether it is a salad, some grilled chicken or a healthy sandwich, preparing your food in advance can help you avoid fast food and other unhealthy meals that can devastate your weight loss program. 

Keep a Food Diary
If you don’t know what is wrong with your diet, a food diary can help you find the main problem. You can also consult a nutritionist or dietician to determine what is wrong with your diet. It may be the two soft drinks or sugary drinks you consume daily or that high calorie dessert you always eat after dinner. 

Eat Small Meals Frequently
The most effective diet strategy for weight loss is consuming several small meals a day. First of all, this will help you avoid the feeling of hunger and keep food cravings at bay. Secondly, some studies indicate that this can increase your metabolism and help you lose weight. Just make sure that your total number of calories consumed daily is not more than your body needs which brings us to the next strategy. 

Count Calories
You need to learn how to count calories. Even if your caloric computation is not very accurate, this can help you with your weight loss program. To lose weight, you need to create a caloric deficit daily. This should be around 300-500 calories or more depending on your weight. Without a caloric deficit, there is no way you can lose weight. More importantly, you need to know how many calories your body needs daily. There are many accurate calorie calculators online that you can use.   


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