Your diet has a powerful yet complex effect on your health. A well-balanced diet provides important vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to keep the body and mind strong and healthy. Eating well can also help you overcome numerous diseases and health complications, as well as help maintain a healthy body weight. While it is easy for some people to achieve weight loss goals through a well-defined diet, some often have to struggle. Raise your hands if you have complained or heard someone say, “Why am I not losing weight, though am doing everything right?”
Most people have many misconceptions regarding diet. It is commonly believed that eating less food, cutting down calorie intake and exercising more will lead to weight loss. There are many factors related to weight loss. It requires consistency, self-love, hard work, and patience. Plus genetics and other factor make weight loss much harder for some comapred to others. Here, we decode why losing weight is harder for some people than others.
Healthy carb-rich choices in your diet won’t make you gain weight. However, following an unhealthy eating pattern and over-indulging in carb-rich sugary foods will lead to weight gain. So cut down on simple carbs and keep complex carbs on your diet.
It is important to keep track of what you’re eating. If your weight loss seems to have come to a standstill, it’s possible you are eating too much. Maintain a food intake diary, it is helpful.
Low protein intake may bring your weight loss efforts to standstill. Ensure you have plenty of protein-rich foods like milk, milk products, eggs, lean chicken, fish, etc).
Avoid eating a lot of processed and refined food; it can ruin your weight loss process.
Eating a healthy breakfast can help you manage your hunger later in the day and say ‘NO’ to unhealthy snacks. It is not required to have small and frequent meals, you can follow the diet as per your schedule, but at least four meals in a day have to be eaten (breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner).
Include at least two fruits in your daily diet. Eating a fruit in the morning provides a good start of the day. Do not have fruits along with meals or after meals. They can be eaten as snack in between.
Have an early and light dinner. Avoid heavy foods and sweets at night. Chew your food properly and eat slowly.
Make sure you exercise regularly, and choose exercises that help you to burn fat. Lack of exercise could be one of the reasons for weight plateau. Diet and exercise should go hand in hand.
Lack of quality sleep is also risk factor that can hinder your weight loss. Drinking water can aid weight loss. To reduce your calorie intake, drink a glass of water before every meal.
Fasting is not healthy, if you are hungry for a longer period of time, you will opt for a huge meal that replaces all the calories that you were trying to save on. Look at your daily diet for ‘empty calories’ that you can cut off, such as refined grains and sugary drinks. Do not cut out a meal entirely.
Check the nutrition label to see how many calories are in serving and also check serving size too. It is important to monitor the portions of food you eat.
Many medical conditions such as PCOD, PCOS, thyroid problems, and hormonal imbalances can hamper your weight loss or even cause weight gain. Also there are some hidden food allergies or intolerances can make it difficult to lose weight. Have it checked out.
Always eat mindfully when you trying to lose weight. Mindless eating is the one of the main reason people struggle to lose weight.
No two people are the same. What works for someone else may not work for you. Losing weight is a process, so modify your plan that works for you. Just be careful to avoid fad diets that give you temporary weight loss which may not be safe. Maintain a well-balanced diet, which helps you to boost your energy and increases immune system.
If you wish to lose weight and keep it off in the long term, focus on adopting healthier lifestyle habits. You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces—just good food with fresh ingredients.
“Stay Safe, Stay Healthier”. Be smart, Eat smart. Don’t eat less, eat right.
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