Atkins, Cabbage Soup, Apple Cider Vinegar, 3-Day Diet, Hollywood Diet, Chocolate Diet? We’ve heard it all. The truth is, there isn’t a miracle diet or pill that will generate safe, long term weight loss . Results come from discipline and hard work. In order to lose weight, you have to expend more calories than you consume which requires both exercise and healthy eating habits. This month we are covering ways to cut calories! Here are a few suggestions:
- Start a food journal. Statistics show that people who write down everything they eat, on average consume 500 calories less than those who don’t.
- Eat out less frequently, make it a reward instead of the routine.
- Eliminate soda. This INCLUDES diet. Replace your diet soda with water and lose 5-10 lbs in a month.
- If your Great, Great Grandmother wouldn’t know what it is, scratch it. Stick with minimally processed/unprocessed food.
- Eat s-l-o-w-l-y. We are all guilty of this. If we just take our time, our brains will let us know we’re full before we grab a second helping.
- Eat like a child. Have you ever seen a child eat and eat until they need to loosen their belt? No. Kids use food strictly for nourishment just as it was intended. As soon as they are full, they are up and ready to go burn it off. As you eat, frequently ask yourself if you feel satisfied. If the answer is yes, stop. Your waistline will thank you for it.
Proper nutrition is such an important aspect of transforming your health and your body which is why we feel it is necessary to integrate nutritional goals into your fitness program. With our busy lifestyles, it can be hard to stay on track. Having someone to keep you motivated and accountable will ensure steady progress toward your goals. Your trainer will offer nutritional guidance through:
- Food journaling to maintain accountability
- Showing you how to plan out your day with smaller, more frequent meals to stimulate and boost your metabolism
- Meal/snack suggestions
- Recipe ideas
- Focusing on fueling your body with foods that will benefit your body
- Encouraging the reduction of processed food from your diet
- The promotion of moderation and dietary balance