We often hear that the best way to lose weight is by dieting. However, as research has proven, dieting alone cannot lead to long term weight loss. Both exercise and proper nutrition go hand in hand in ensuring an effective weight loss and the achievement of long term fitness goals.
Anybody looking to start and maintain an efficient fitness program, the one thing that may be discouraging them is the dieting part. We tend to think that the daily diet of a fitness guru consists of tasteless food or constant avoidance of any food that may be enjoyable. This notion is false.
You can still enjoy a highly nutritious diet, even as you work towards achieving your fitness goals. Below are the top five ways to enjoy food and still reach your fitness goals.
Eat A Variety of Foods
A highly nutritious diet is not only composed of strictly fruits and vegetables. A healthy diet should also be composed of nuts, legumes and protein-rich foods like eggs and fish. Be sure to always have a diet made of a variety of ingredients and food types that are rich in nutrients. While you are at, be creative and look up different ways to cook a certain healthy meal.
Part Vegetables, Part Protein
Eating a variety of highly nutritious food helps keep a monotonous diet at bay. However, always ensuring that your plate is made up of half vegetables, and part protein achieves something else as well. Vegetables are high in fibre and can leave you feeling fuller for longer.
Protein also increases satiety, which in turn, will discourage a high-calorie intake.
According to Amy Shapiro MS, what mostly causes weight are the portions of food that we eat on a daily basis. It’s not so much the food as it is the amount of food we pile onto our plates.
Therefore, you don’t necessarily have to deprive yourself of your favorite foods. However, you do have to eat it in moderation and mindfully. Keep the portions small. Think of it as a treat every time you achieve a certain fitness goal at the gym.
Avoid Diet Foods
Most diet foods are highly processed and often have a lot of carbs in them. They are counterproductive and can harm your health and sabotage your fitness goals tremendously.
Avoid diet foods, as well as constant dieting that may require you to starve yourself from time to time. Instead, stick to highly nutritious food and never miss a meal.
Chew Your Food
So you decided to treat yourself to a hamburger and fries? You feel you’ve earned it, especially after an entire week of vigorous exercise. No problem.
However, you need to make sure that you use a small plate and always chew slowly. The slower you eat, the more time you give your brain to realize that it’s full. Eating slowly has been shown to reduce overeating and encourage weight loss.
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