When trying to shed pounds, people often look for the easiest path to weight loss, which usually involves some kind of rapid detox or radical diet.
There really aren’t any quick fixes to literally tipping scales in your favour, but if you think eating less is a good way to counter excess calories, think again. You’ll likely end up hungry because when you limit portion sizes, it’s common to negate an intake of foods that promote satiety – that feeling of fullness (potatoes, legumes, greek yogurt, eggs, fibrous/leafy fruits and veggies and oatmeal).
Balanced meals contain proteins, fats, fiber and carbohydrates are what the body needs in order to function properly. Insufficient calorie consumption can cause your body to go into “starvation mode” which actually slows your metabolism (and promotes fat storage).
[Strangely enough, reducing carbohydrates in your diet can also make you thirsty. When you reduce carbs you lose water weight, because both are stored in the body together. Certain carbohydrates like oats, brown rice and pastas absorb liquids when cooked and are a good source of hydration. Cutting them out can leave you on the hunt for fluid replacement – so remember to stay hydrated.]
Instead of instituting a zero-tolerance policy for your weaknesses, try weaning slowly off of your habits.
Instead of a tall vanilla latte at Starbucks, opt for a short coffee with skim and a flavour shot. Instead of two glasses of wine at dinner, try having only one – or make it a spritzer by adding soda water. Cut the sugar in your baking by a quarter cup (unless it’s a low-sugar recipe to begin with, you’ll hardly notice the difference).
Also, research the different kinds of ingredients and foods you can swap out in recipes, so you can stock up on wholesome and healthy alternatives – which can help you stick to a new way of eating.
Good luck! A new you in the new year starts right here.
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