There is an overwhelming amount of information out there when it comes to weight loss. During my journey which included several attempts to lose weight, I have found four main things that most all diet plans have in common.
- Drink water! Drink water!……once again DRINK WATER!
It’s no secret that our bodies need to stay hydrated at all times to function at its optimal level. How much water should you drink? There was a time that doctors would say drinking 64oz of water a day is sufficient however that has changed. According to WEBMD we should be drinking half of our body weight in water per day, so if you weigh 200 lbs you should consume 100oz of water each day. Some of its benefits include aiding in weight loss, aiding in digestion and constipation, relieving migraines, gives you youthful clearer skin and it flushes out toxins. These are just a few perks of drinking this liquid goddess and if you’re like me and you’re trying to lose weight, I can tell you from experience that water will help shed a few pounds so drink up!
2. Watch your sugar intake.
Sugar is found in so many foods and beverages it’s almost impossible to hide from them that’s why we must pay attention to everything we put in our bodies. Sugary drinks (including artificial sweeteners) are very bad for us and they do nothing but pack on the pounds and put us at risk for health issues. Consuming 1 can of soda per day can increase your chances of heart attack and heart disease by 35% which is very alarming therefore replace soda with unsweetened ice tea or just plain old water; your body will thank you later!
- Portion control
In the United States, we like to do everything bigger than everyone else and this includes with our meals and drinks. The average number calories in a value meal from a fast food restaurant is 1100 which is over half the recommended 2000 calorie a day recommendation. Understand that when you eat a meal like this you aren’t leaving much room for breakfast and dinner if you’re counting calories. Eating a sensible lunch, for instance, a mixed greens salad topped with 2 oz of grilled chicken, red onions, black olives, croutons and a vinaigrette dressing weighs in under 500 calories allowing you to receive the nutrients your body needs along with not compromising your waistline.
- Eat your veggies!
Vegetables are our bodies best friend. Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risks for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke. Eating foods such as vegetables that are lower in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food may be useful in helping to lower calorie intake. In a nutshell, vegetables allow you to eat more without worrying about gaining excess weight. Be careful when preparing not to add too much salt, cheese or sauces as they will ruin what you are trying to accomplish.