When trying to lose weight, many people make certain mistakes and delusionally or even out of habit, think certain things that are completely false about weight loss. And as a result, that they never lose weight or achieve their desired goal. When it comes to weight loss, there’s a big difference between fact and opinion. And just because we’re brought up and raised thinking this way or that way, it doesn’t mean that it’s the right way or that any of what we might’ve learned has even one ounce of truth to it.
Many people think that they can eat whatever they want if it’s low-calorie, fat-free, or as long as what they’re eating is considered healthy. As well, people have created this wrong way of believing that certain foods can be fattening. In this article, I’m going to list 6 things to keep in mind, that are facts about weight loss, as well as what you need to remember so you’re hard work will actually pay off, so you’ll lose that extra weight, maintain that weight loss, and so that you’ll move closer towards living a truly healthy lifestyle.
Here’s a List of Six Things to Keep in Mind for Losing Weight in a Healthy Manner
1. It’s All About Portion Control and Moderation
Stop overindulging. Moderation is key to most things in life, but only when things are healthy choices. In fact, portion control plays a major role in moderation. You need to care about what you put into your body. It’s true that “you are what you eat.” Eating healthy foods will show in your skin, your hair, your nails, your eyes, and even in regards to how you feel as far as your energy level and alertness. If you want to indulge, do so, but indulge in foods that are healthy and that aren’t high caloric.
2. Eat Less
We need to rid ourselves from this wrong way of thinking, that we should finish our big portions and lick our plates clean. Are people really still doing this or even worse, teaching this horrible way of thinking to our kids? Yikes! This goes back to portion control and knowing how much food we actually need to live and feel good. American-sized portions at restaurants are huge, and even when we’re cooking at home, we’re cooking way too much, and then overeating. We need to be eating less food all around. Don’t starve, but don’t overeat.
3. Nothing Is Fattening
Need I say once again, that this goes back to portion control? O.K., well, just to reiterate, when trying to lose weight, or even maintain weight and live a healthier lifestyle, it’s important to remember not to indulge in high caloric foods. Eat foods that have fewer calories (or depending on your weight goals, eat smaller portions of foods that contain a normal amount of calories so that you won’t be hungry five minutes later). Just remember that, despite how supposedly healthy something is, you need to have self-control and care about the size of the portions that you eat. Like I said before, nothing is fattening. However, even when it comes to healthy food, overeating can still make you fat, gain weight, or not lose weight, if you don’t care about portion control.
4. Read Labels
For me personally, I’ve cut out most salt and sugar from my diet. Well, other than if there are traces of salt in foods that I don’t cook for myself, like when I go out to eat at a restaurant or a friend’s home. And as far as sugar goes, the only sugar I eat now is from fresh fruit or even dried fruit that will say right on the label what’s exactly in the product. In other words, if dried apples say, apples, then I’m good. But if they say apples, sugar, and anything other than just “apples,” it’s not something that I’ll eat. If pistachios say, dry roasted pistachios period, and there’s nothing else in the ingredients, then there’s nothing wrong with having some, as long as you remember portion control.
5. When You’re Full, Stop Eating
Folks, friends, family, people, and my lovely, lovely readers, have you ever heard of satiety level? How about satiety value? O.K., satiety level is a sensation that your brain tells your stomach that you’re full and should stop eating. Your satiety level kicks in about 15 minutes after your first bite of food. Listen to your satiety level and stop eating. Just pay attention and be self-aware enough to recognize when you’re full. Something important to remember is that if we eat healthily, lower calorie foods, and eat slower, our satiety level will kick in and we’ll feel full at the same time that we would if we ate fast and ate foods that were high caloric. In other words, the best way to lose weight is to eat slowly and to choose to eat and indulge in foods that are low-calorie.
6. Listen to What Your Body Is Telling You
We need to be in touch with how we’re feeling so that we can be truly healthy. If our goal is to lose weight, we need to do everything so that we will have a better chance at attaining that goal. For example, if you’re tired, sleep. If your body is obviously telling you that you need sleep, get some rest so that you don’t get sick, so you don’t gain extra belly fat from your body stressing out, and so that you’re all around balanced.
There’s something to be said about balance when it comes to nearly everything in life, including weight loss. And for another example, if you’re sick, don’t work out. You need to hold onto your energy so that your body can heal and recover. And then, you’ll have a better chance of losing weight. We need enough rest, sleep, food, and balance in life. If you’re hungry, don’t let your body go into starvation mode, because that also won’t be good and will give you bad side effects of possible bloating and weight gain.
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