If I see one more infomercial trying to sell a piece of fitness equipment or some crazy diet program I think I am going to pull my hair out. I woke up the other morning around 4:00am. Normally I get up around 5:00 but what is an hour earlier right? I switch on the TV and start flipping and I see all of the crap everyone is out there trying to sell to capitalize on the need for people to lose weight.
First of all you do not need any of those gadgets and gizmos to lose weight. There is only one sure fire method to lose weight and that is following a quality nutrition plan. And if you want help your nutrition plan along by accelerating your weight loss, you do it through proper exercise, that can be as simple as doing crunches, pushups and a brisk walk around the neighborhood in the morning to as complex as working with a personal trainer at a local gym. However I will say this. If you are not following a good nutrition program all of the exercise in the world won’t make a bit of difference.
The nutrition plan is simple. You have three food groups you need to follow and they proteins, carbohydrates and green vegetables. If you can remember that you are well on your way.
Each food group should consist of healthy choices. Ok that is a no brainer, but do you know what the healthy choices are? Proteins should come from lean meats, fish, chicken breasts, egg whites or egg substitutes. Your carbohydrates should consist of whole grain breads, cereals, oatmeal, brown rice and potatoes. When it comes to vegetables, they should be green and the greener they are the better. Asparagus, broccoli, and spinach are great ideas as well as mixed green salads.
Now that you know what you should be eating, let’s dive into how much and how often. A good rule of thumb when making up your plate of food is to divide the plate in quarters. Devote ¼ of the plate to proteins, ¼ of the plate to carbohydrates and ½ of the plate to vegetables. This takes away all of the guesswork, measuring and anything tedious that might hinder you from succeeding at your weight loss goals.
We have our foods and we have what should be on our plates, the last thing to know is when to eat that plate of food. Again it is very simple. You should eat 6 meals everyday. Spread them out eating one meal every two and a half to three hours. At first you might be thinking that is a lot of food, but you will soon find out as you follow this step by step approach with your metabolism running at high levels it will be adequate.
Throw in twelve ounces of water with every meal and your nutrition plan is set. So to recap, remember to eat from our three foods groups, proteins, carbohydrates and green vegetables. Plate them according to what we described earlier. Eat 6 plates of food daily to keep your metabolism running at high levels all day long, and drink twelve ounces of water with every meal.
Ad you can see it is not as difficult as you might, but it does take some discipline and dedication just like anything else you do in life. If there is someone your house that can follow this program with you, your chances of success will increase tremendously.
Also remember, before you start any type of fitness or nutrition program you should obtain a complete physical from your primary care physician to ensure a clean bill of health.
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