We hear it everywhere, things like “eat less and you will be able to fit into a smaller dress.” The idea of eating less has become a staple of diets, but sometimes eating less isn’t the key to successful weight loss.
Many people believe that if they count their calories, they should see the weight shed, but counting the calories won’t help if you aren’t eating the right foods. The fats on our bodies are stored energy and come from eating to many empty calories like sugar. If you are consuming less but eating empty calorie foods, then you are not helping your weight loss. You defeat the purpose of eating less if you eat unhealthy foods. Processed foods have simpler carbs, which are quickly digested and make you feel hungry sooner, so eating a small amount of unhealthy food will leave you feeling unsatisfied and hungry.
Instead of focusing on how many calories we consume, we should be focusing on the nutrients we are eating. Nutrient-dense foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and lean meats will allow you to eat larger portions but still feel satisfied. This will allow your metabolism to burn fat throughout the day and cause you to be less likely to eat excess food. Your meals should start off big and decrease in size as the day goes on. You want to eat more in the morning when you have time to burn it off during the day and less at night since your body burns less calories while sleeping.
Many people think that skipping breakfast is a good way to cut out calories but really they are just hindering their weight loss. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, because it is how you wake up your body and your metabolism. Without breakfast, you are more likely to overeat. A good breakfast will have foods that are high in starch and signal your body to use fat for energy. A great example of this could be found in oats, topped with a sliced banana. For all the coffee addicts out there, black coffee can also help your weight loss. The caffeine in one cup of black coffee can suppress your appetite and increase your metabolism, also enhancing the benefits of exercise.
In reality, eating less isn’t the secret formula for weight loss—eating smart is. Eating balanced meals of healthy foods with exercise will be the most successful route to your healthiest weight.
By Crystal Hawley