Because I’m a personal trainer, you may be half expecting me to harp on about why physical exercise is the most important part of losing weight. The fact is, it’s not. Diet and exercise are both equally important when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off for life.
Even if you were to work with me an hour each day for a year and eat whatever you wanted, you wouldn’t be in optimum health. You need a healthy, balanced diet for this as well.
A balanced diet will do so much in helping you achieve the body and the waistline you want – and it will go a long way in helping you to enjoy optimum health.
As you already know from my blog, it takes just 30 days for you to replace old unhealthy habits, with healthy ones that will keep you looking and feeling great for life. I’ve already told you what nutritional changes you need to start implementing when you start out on that lifestyle change road.
Further to this though, I have a number of basics you also need to bear in mind when it comes to nutrition. Here they are:
- Keep an eye on your calorie intake: For weight loss as a general rule, experts recommend a calorie intake no less than 1200 calories per day for women and no less than 1800 calories per day for men. You generally need to reduce your daily intake of calories by 15-20%.
- Watch your portion sizes: Aim to eat at least 5-6 servings of fruit and vegetables per day, because the fiber they contain helps you to lose weight. Smaller portions are the key, and it is also good to eat slowly. By eating smaller portions, you are consuming fewer calories and by eating slowly, you will notice that you are full sooner.
- Do not skip meals: This is a big one! People think that by skipping meals, they’re helping themselves lose weight. By eating the 5-6 small meals per day, you will keep your blood sugar levels right which helps you to lose weight and stay healthy. Most importantly, it keeps your metabolism going, so you will burn more calories throughout the course of the day.
- Avoid sugars you don’t need: Don’t drink juices or soft drinks which are responsible for weight gain. Instead, aim to drink at least eight glasses of water per day. Often that feeling of hunger is actually due to thirst, so drink up and you won’t be eating anything extra. And if you feel like soft drink, opt for diet soft drink instead.
- Don’t forget to treat yourself: It’s okay to treat yourself every once in a while. Treats may include chocolates, sweets, chips or ice cream. If you deprive yourself completely of treats, you’re more likely to fall off the healthy eating bandwagon altogether.
Stick to these general rules – and don’t forget to exercise! Weight loss is inevitable under these circumstances.