Reducing your weight is possible with the assistance of a diet, but additionally by small changes in your way of life. We give you tips on how to lose your weight and reach your goal weight.
How to Lose Your Weight: a clear and achievable goal
The most important thing is that your diet goal is achievable. ‘Losing weight’ isn’t precise enough, figure out precisely how much you would like to lose and then in the amount of time. Be mindful of your reason for intending to eat in a different way. Then there is a greater chance that you will be able to sustain it in difficult times.
Diet and lifestyle
take your time
A rigid diet is hard to maintain. The lost weight usually keeps coming back very quickly afterward. If perhaps you were starving for a couple of weeks and have dropped a few pounds, your body will likely then store what you eat extra rapidly as fat. Therefore you arrive quicker in proportion. In addition, there is a risk that during the strict lines you will get a shortage of all kinds of nutrients.
Keep track of what you eat
Only if you know very well what you consume can you choose to adjust it. Losing excess fat, as a result, begins with awareness. Keep track of what you take in each day in a food journal. This gives you a better insight into what you eat and drink. There are various apps that can help you with that. However, be careful not to count calories obsessively.
Move a lot
Exercise is an important part of losing weight. Research increasingly shows that light intensive exercise is healthy all day long. So don’t always pick up the phone, but drop by your colleague. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Eat with attention
Do not eat too fast, you will miss the signal that you are full. Eating with attention ensures that you eat less. Food for the TV is therefore not a good idea. The distraction ensures that you do not know if you have enough. Taking small snacks and chewing well helps you eat less and less. Extra advantage: small snacks increase the taste sensation so that you eat less.
Use a small plate
The same portion appears larger on a small plate than on a large plate. Your brain thinks you have eaten more.
Watch out with food avoidance
You may lose weight by avoiding sugar or wheat, but it cannot always be sustained. In addition, excluding certain foods is not always healthy. We need some nutrients every day and must therefore always be in the diet.
Prevent hunger and temptations
Eat a lot of protein and fiber
Are you often hungry between meals? Then eat enough protein with every meal, such as dairy, egg or legumes. Proteins stay in the stomach longer than carbohydrates. This also gives you a full feeling for longer. Also eat many fiber-rich products such as vegetables, fruit, and whole-grain products. Fiber-rich food ensures that you are less likely to get hungry again. Low-fiber, sweet food has the opposite effect.
Drinking water and tea gives a full feeling and therefore helps to eat less. In addition, sufficient fluid is important to keep urine production going and thus stimulate the removal of waste from the body. On average your body needs around 1.5 to 2 liters of fluid per day. Water and tea (without sugar) are the best. Avoid sugary drinks such as soda or fruit juice, these are high in calories.
Tip: Do you find water boring? Add mint, cucumber, a slice of lemon or ginger. Drinking spring water or mineral water is really not necessary. Tap water is much cheaper and just as healthy.
Watch out alcohol
Alcoholic drinks are not healthy and contain many calories. In addition, alcohol removes the inhibition, so that you can eat more than is intended. The Health Council recommends not drinking alcohol or at least no more than 1 glass per day.
Whether or not a snack?
Research shows that it doesn’t matter how often you eat for your metabolism. The main thing is how much you eat. Whether you get the same amount of calories with 3 meals or with multiple eating moments does not matter for losing weight. Eating multiple meals/snacks is less good for your teeth. Therefore, stick to a maximum of about 7 eating times per day.
If you are hungry and do not want to grab snacks, make sure you get distracted. Take a detour, grab a book, call a friend, chances are that you will forget the trek or that it has passed.
Get sweets and snacks out of sight
The temptation is very great if you see this continuously. Rather put it out of sight or don’t get it at all. If you still want to eat sweets, then put healthy alternatives insight, such as sweet tomatoes or carrots.
Tips for in the supermarket
Do not go shopping on an empty stomach
Are you going to go shopping hungry? Then chances are that you succumb to all those goodies. So eat before you go to the store.
Make a shopping list
First, determine what you really need. Then you can better resist the sales strategies applied by supermarkets. So make a shopping list. Then you automatically do more targeted shopping and you can avoid the paths with chips and candy.
Look at the ingredients list on the packaging
Before you put anything in your shopping basket, it is wise to first look at the list of ingredients on the package. Are sugar or fats, such as oil and butter, at the very front? Then those are the main components of that product, so rather leave it.
With the nutritional value table, you get more insight into the composition of a product. You can find this table on the back of the package. Take a look at the number of grams of sugar, fat or calories per 100 grams. Then compare this with another brand or an alternative product.
Ignore marketing slogans on the packaging
Many packs contain beautiful slogans about healthy ingredients, such as added vegetables or reduced sugar or fat content. Also, there are often healthy ingredients on the front, such as fruits. This often says nothing about the content and can even be misleading. Therefore do not rely on the appearance of the packaging.