Weight Loss Nutrition; A Guide to Happier, Healthier Eating

Weight loss nutrition does not have to be complicated, and one diet does not fit all people. If you desire healthy weight loss, nutrition is probably the most difficult aspect to conquer.

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While there are many ways to eat or diet, it is possible to create a nutrition plan to help you lose weight and fit into your lifestyle. Knowing healthy basics of weight loss nutrition can help you get ahead of the game, and allow you to tailor a program that can help you speed metabolism, lose weight and stay energized.  Let's get started.

Getting Started With Weight Loss Nutrition

No matter how you lose weight, there are some basic tips to be successful on your journey.

  • Choose a realistic, short term weight loss goal with an end in sight.
  • Do not “diet”, but instead eat healthier, wholesome calories.
  • Portions count, especially because overeating sabotages weight loss efforts, and the bigger portions can easily add up!
  • Nutrition is important to keep your energy levels up
  • Small slips are acceptable; it's what you do most of the time that counts
  • Eat regular meals because what you do eat counts as much as what you don't eat.
  • Regular physical activity is a common factor by those who lose weight successfully and keep it off.

Short Term Goals

Long term goals are great, and if you have a bit of weight to lose then ultimately you will make a goal to get to your idea weight. But breaking it down into smaller “stepping stones” is more helpful for many because there is an end to restrictive eating in sight. That does not mean you should set a goal to lose five pounds, and once you reach it you go back to eating as before, but you can have a day off, so to speak.

These days have become to be known as cheat days; a day or two after restrictive dieting when you relax your eating style. Some dieters and fitness trainers advocate the cheat day since dieting – or restricting calories – can contribute to a sluggish thyroid and metabolism. Cheat days also give a dieter something to look forward to and may help them mentally feel happier and less stressed. But for some, cheat days may be a trigger.

If “fun” foods are your trigger, use the cheat day in another way. The idea here is not to eat anything you want, as this may trigger a binge and cause you to feel sick and lethargic. Instead, on your cheat day you eat more protein and carbohydrates to boost leptin production; a hormone that is responsible for appetite control and weight management. This can help you feel satisfied and fulfilled, allowing you to more easily jump back on the healthy eating wagon.

Healthy Calories

While we have been trained that in order to lose weight you must consume less calories than you use, things are more complicated than that. A blatant example would be to eat 1,200 calories of french fries in a day versus 1,200 calories of produce in a day. Obviously, the latter would leave you feeling energetic, and possibly hungry while the former would create short term sense of satisfaction with low energy and hunger the rest of the day. You could spread out the times you eat 1,200 calories of produce and make it last 3 or even 5 meals, while the french fry calories would more than likely be consumed in one sitting.

Of course, for real weight loss nutrition, one must consume a balance of fruits, vegetables, proteins, healthy fats and carbohydrates to feel good, stay healthy and lose weight. Using the basic, nutritional necessities as your guideline, eating healthy can be simple. Try to stay within these boundaries of healthy eating by making your focus on balance; protein, produce and minimum starches/carbohydrates.

Keeping your foods simple and wholesome will help you stay on track. Simple and wholesome means keeping your food choices as close to nature as possible. The more a food is processed, the more chance for hidden ingredients that can hinder weight loss and even trigger cravings. For example; processed meats such as those found in lunch meats, deli meats, etc., often contain too much sodium, causing you to pack on fluid weight, hidden corn syrup that may trigger cravings, and unhealthy oils that hinder fat loss.

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My name is Cindy and I am a Certified Holistic Nutritional Counselor, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist in the Calabasas Area of California, health researcher and author.  Welcome to my site.

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