What I’m sharing today may sound boring. It might be things you’ve heard before. Good. No problem. Read this anyway! These are time tested tips for weight loss. Would you rather have tips that work or a bunch of hollow promises from someone who doesn’t know what he or she is talking about?
I won’t promise you success in just a few days or even a few weeks but if you follow what I share you will lose weight and you will become healthier. Get these right and everything else will fall into place OVER TIME.
I suspect you’ve already started your diet. Great! (I had a bit of a late start in posting after the New Year because of travel and other stuff.) No matter, whether you’ve begun your diet or not, what I’m sharing here are some of the most essential components of a successful weight loss plan. Take a look at each of these tips to see how the suggestions might benefit you. Then get started!
1. Determine how many calories you might need for a healthy low calorie diet.
To assess what that might be right for you take a look at the article I wrote a while back called 1200 Calorie Diet: Getting Started! Whether you think you need 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500 calories or more you will learn how to assess what will work best for you.
Don’t skip this step. You will do much better with your weight loss efforts if you get the calorie count right. 1200 calories is NOT enough for most women.
2. Take a close look at your current diet.
Nutritionists use the term diet to mean the foods you eat on a regular basis or what is customary. You may define the word diet as something you go on to lose weight and then you go back to your customary way of eating that may very well have caused the problem in the first place. Can you see why that doesn’t work? You need a “healthy diet” with an appropriate number of calories every day (for the rest of your life).
What are you currently eating that can be included in your new “every day diet” and what needs to go? Identify the foods that are simply too high calorie or lacking in nutrition. Get this food out of your house. Don’t worry you can replace some of this food with better choices later on.
3. Begin to identify low calorie food you will enjoy.
Having access to the Internet is a great way to identify potential choices. There are many recipe sites that provide a way for you to screen potential foods and recipes by nutrition and calorie count.
The plans were designed to help you meet your nutritional needs as best you can while on a low calorie diet. You’ll learn how many servings you need from each of the different food groups and what constitutes a serving or appropriate portion to keep you within your calorie guidelines.
Once you understand your diet needs, then it’s time to explore some of the many recipe sites. For many years my favorite resource site for recipes had been www.recipe.com. More recently, I get many of my new recipes from www.pinterest.com. Choose recipes from blogs or recipe sites that provide you with the calorie count and nutrition information whenever possible.
Be particularly careful to identify the fruits and vegetables you like and ways you can incorporate more into your diet. Fruits and vegetables are a key component of a healthy low calorie diet. Those who include plenty in their diet tend to have lower body weights and live longer than people who don’t.
4. Check your calorie count each day to stay within your calorie guidelines.
Don’t worry! It won’t be necessary to track your calorie intake for the rest of your life. However, starting out with calorie counting can make the difference between success and failure.
You might use a service such as SparkPeople.com online or the app MyFitnessPal on your smart phone. Neither one is as accurate as I might like but both are good enough to give you a reasonably good sense of how you are doing for free. To read about other services both paid and free take a look at my review on Nutrition Calculators: Review of the Best Sites Online Sites.
5. Allow for some of the higher calorie food you like.
Limit how often you eat high calorie food and pay close attention to portion control. But don’t restrict yourself from occasionally having what you like.
Whenever possible seek ways to prepare your favorite foods in a healthier lower calorie way by substituting lower calorie, healthier ingredients for the ingredients in your recipes that are high calorie or nutrient poor.
6. Limit treats
If you are on a low calorie diet of only 1200 calories you’ll need to restrict treats to only once or twice a week. If your caloric intake is 1500 calories or more you might allow for treats 2-3 times a week but try to limit the calorie count to 150 calories or less for each.
Exercise matters! Need I say more?
These 7 tips can form the basis for a healthy low calorie way of eating for life. When you reach your weight loss goal you simply increase your calorie count somewhat to maintain. But continue with the healthy diet!
Wouldn’t it be great to never stress about weight loss or special diets again? Start your diet out right and let me know what you think. If you are needing a step by step program, I will be sharing a review of the best diet books for 2013 sometime next week. Till then, best of luck!