Have you ever bought a delicious-looking cake and were just about to serve it when that nasty thought finally struck you: “How much weight am I going to gain from this?” Proper nutrition is one of the most important elements of any weight loss effort. Unfortunately, a lot of people still think that eating less and staying away from sweet things are the only two rules to follow if you want to lose weight. Luckily for you, in this article, you are going to learn exactly why this point of view is wrong, and how you can lose weight without starving yourself to death in the process.
1. Eat Regularly
This may go against common sense, but eating on a regular basis is the first step to losing weight. Of course, your love handles won’t disappear by themselves just because you started munching on a candy bar every few minutes – but they certainly won’t disappear if you DON’T eat regularly. It is best to aim for about 5-6 small meals every day. Also remember that these meals should be healthy. In other words, having an apple or a bowl of cereal is a much better idea than a slice of your favorite cake.
2. Chew On It
When you’re eating something, don’t just gulp it down in seconds; instead, take some time to chew on it. This will make food much easier for your stomach to digest. More importantly, it will also make you feel like you’ve just eaten a five-course dinner, when in reality all you’ve had is a quick lunch. It is a well-documented fact that it takes us about 20 minutes to feel full after a meal. By eating slowly, you will make food feel more fulfilling and will, therefore, eat less than you normally would.
3. Drink, Drink, Drink!
When you’re at home and your stomach is growling, your first instinct is often to rush to the kitchen and grab yourself a quick bite to eat. Over the course of the day, this can often add up to a lot of extra calories that you didn’t really need. To avoid this, keep a bottle of mineral water close by. Whenever you feel hungry, drink a lot of it – within moments, your stomach will get heavier and you won’t feel as hungry anymore.
4. We Don’t Negotiate…
One of the worst mistakes you can do is to start negotiating with yourself. For instance, having some cake now and promising yourself not to eat for the rest of the day. Not only will this disrupt your regular nutrition schedule, but there’s a pretty good chance you’ll end up eating later anyway, no matter what you promised. Therefore, it’s best to make it a rule that you will never, under any circumstances, try to negotiate with yourself to allow for anything you know you shouldn’t be eating in the first place.
5. Stick With Whole Foods
A whole food is anything that is as close to its original state as possible. In other words, it hasn’t been boiled, baked, cooked, dehydrated and sprinkled with chocolate. A good example is a typical green apple, which you can pretty much eat in its raw form (it’s a good idea to wash it first, though). Whole foods have the advantage of not losing their essential nutrients or gaining calories during the cooking process, which means that they’re a lot more diet-friendly – and they taste great, too!
As you can see, an effective diet doesn’t need to be a starvation one, nor does it have to deprive you of all your favorite dishes. Of course, you will have to say goodbye to chocolate bars for a while, but, in general, dieting has come a long way from its traditional starvation concept. Nowadays, it’s perfectly possible to have a healthy, fulfilling diet that won’t inconvenience you one bit!