5 Healthy Eating Habits to Lose Weight
If you’re on a weight loss quest, then you know that exercising is not enough – you need to review your eating habits. No, I’m not suggesting that you go on a diet, start starving yourself (and go on a junk food binge after a couple of weeks) or damage your health by completely excluding carbs, proteins or fats from your meals. The key to a great figure and good health is a balanced meal plan that will sustain your body while encouraging weight loss in a natural way. So, without further ado, here are 10 weight loss healthy eating habits you should definitely try.
1. Drink Enough Water
The first thing you should do is make sure you drink enough water. The catch here is that “enough” is different for everyone and depends on your body weight, your gender, the climate where you live, and a number of other factors. The general rule is that you should consume no less than 2 liters of liquids per day and that 2/3 of the liquids should be water (not soda or beer!). If you want to calculate exactly how much water you need to drink each day, here is a great online hydration calculator.
2. Create a Slight Calories Deficit
Please note the word “slight” and don’t attempt to starve yourself. Feeling hungry all the time doesn’t help you lose weight because:
a) sooner or later you’ll go on a food binge
b) you’ll feel constantly low and won’t have the energy to do anything
For women who’re not pregnant or breastfeeding, 1200 calories are good. For men, 1600 calories a day will start bringing great results. The general rule is to create a light to moderate calories deficit to keep you feeling good and force your body to lose weight.
3. Eat Protein, Carbs & Fats
Yes, you read it right. Your body needs all these to stay healthy (unless you suffer from a medical condition that requires you to be on a special diet). The trick here is to not over-consume one of these. Most people usually eat too much carbs and that contributes to them gaining unhealthy weight.
To stay healthy and lose weight, follow this plan:
Breakfast: carbs, proteins, veg
Lunch: carbs, proteins and veg
Dinner/Supper: proteins and veg, no carbs
As a rule, you can eat as much salad stuff and green vegetables as you want, there’s no limit here. But do control your intake of carbs and protein. A serving of protein should be the size of your palm excluding the fingers. A service of carbs should be the same if it’s bread or a handful of rice, pasta etc.
4. Have Healthy Snacks
If you start feeling hungry between meals, it’s more than OK to have a snack. Depending on what you had for the previous meal, it can be fruit or veg, or protein, or low-fat yoghurt (carbs and protein). It’s even OK to have a Mars bar if you didn’t have any carbs for your meal! Just remember to avoid eating too much junk food.
5. Have a Cheat Meal Once a Week
Maintaining a deficit in calories is hard, especially psychologically. Remember, we don’t want you to give up healthy eating just because you feel that you can’t eat like you deserve. So, here’s your treat – you can have a cheat meal once a week and you can have whatever you like for that meal. Yes, burgers and fries are included! Just remember – it’s only one meal, only once a week.
By following these simple healthy eating habits for weight loss and exercising regularly, you’ll not only ditch the extra pounds, but will feel a lot healthier and energized than ever before.