When the meals and snacks that you eat are already quite healthful, it can seem very difficult to come up with a great strategy that will help you to lose weight. After all, the majority of diet programs will tell you that one of the first steps to losing the excess pounds is to eat more healthfully. If you’re already doing that, it doesn’t provide you a great deal of guidance.
Fortunately, you can continue your healthful eating and can lose weight with a few minor tweaks here and there. By making these very minor changes, you can help to ensure that the scale starts to drop, when it has been staying put for far too long.
• Count your calories properly – you may think you’re counting your calories, but are you doing it in a way that is appropriate for your weight loss? Start out by knowing how many calories you should have as a minimum and how many you should have as a maximum, each day. Going over or under those amounts will have a considerable impact on your ability to lose weight. Pay attention to the amount you’re eating at each meal. Divide it well so that you don’t end up stuck eating a carrot for dinner and starving all evening. That will never last.
• Keep active in an effective way – while it may feel like you’re running around all day and that you’re always on your feet, that’s not necessarily enough to actually burn fat. Walking along a grocery store behind a cart and then puttering around an office all day isn’t actually enough to make a large dent in your weight loss. Even if you feel like you’re active all day, make a concerted effort to give yourself some bursts of intense activity that are at least ten minutes long, each. Three of these, per day, will help to burn off far more fat than you are at a regularly active but slower pace.
• Exercise portion control – regardless of the fact that something may be a superfood, everything should be consumed in moderation. Don’t try to eat exclusively one kind of thing, just because it’s a part of a healthful diet. You need variety and balance in your diet. Sure, that can include superfoods, but it should include a lot more, too.
• Understand your food– this is especially important when eating at restaurants. You may feel smart by choosing the turkey sandwich instead of the three cheese pizza, but if that sandwich is slathered in creamy ranch sauce and it comes on a fancy white bread, you may actually be packing back two to three times the number of calories that you’d thought.