Weight loss is closely related to nutrition. To lose weight you need to not only reduce the amount of calories taken in, but also the type of calories you eat. For instance, you cannot lose weight consuming sugary and/or high fat foods. Even though you may be taking in fewer calories, they are empty calories.
A good way to lose weight is to reduce the amount of time you rest between sets when you are lifting weights. By reducing the amount of time you rest between sets, you burn more calories and in a way, you’re combining cardio and weights into one workout session.
Consider joining a weight loss support group to help you along your weight loss journey. This will surround you with people who want to help you with your goals, and give you someone to fall back on when you are tempted to break your diet. You might even make some new friends!
To assist with losing weight, try adding more food into your diet instead of taking food away. This may seem counterproductive at first, but it will make sense once you find ways to work more healthy food into your meals and use less unhealthy foods. Try to use a lot more healthy fruits and vegetables and less starches, such as potatoes.
I worked with a slim fellow once who told me he only ate twice a day. He had a huge breakfast, a moderate lunch and no dinner at all. This sounds impossible for most of us to follow, but the logic is sound. Ideally, to lose weight, you should eat an enormous breakfast, a middle-sized lunch and a very light dinner. This is because taking your calories early in the day, gives you the most time to burn them off. Whereas, if you start noshing after you get home from work and continue until bedtime, your body will have no chance during your sleeping hours to metabolize what you’ve eaten.
When you’re watching your weight, try to make smart choices at the fast food restaurant. Luckily, that’s much easier to do now. Instead of the double burger with cheese, go for the grilled chicken filet sandwich. Also, ask for easy or light sauce, or no sauce at all, which will cut way down on calories. Order one of the salads, but go easy on the dressing – or better yet, dump the dressing in the lid and dip your salad into the dressing a forkful at a time.
For some people, at some times, a low-carb diet may really be the answer, at least in the beginning. The reason low-carb diets work is that your body normally uses carbs as a first fuel. When you give your body no carbs (the “induction” phase of most low-carb diets), your body needs to use something for fuel, and so turns to burning your own fat. These diets have proven very successful for many people, but should be undertaken with care as people do need some carbs in their diet. Most low-carb diets nowadays move from an induction phase into a much healthier maintenance phase, where “smart carbs” (high-fiber, lower-calorie choices) are reintroduced.
Eating a diet high in fiber which would include whole grains, raw or cooked vegetables and fresh fruit creates a sense of fullness and satisfies hunger longer. Nuts can also be helpful in losing weight but you should stay away from high fat nuts like cashews. Hard nuts like almonds take longer to eat and are lower in fat.