Dieting is alays a hot topic on fitness and weight loss forums and sites online, and everyone is looking for the easiest ways to diet… But ARE there any easy ways to burn fat and achieve your weight-loss goals?
Dieting to lose weight has never been easy, but it can be made easier for you if you follow a few simple rules and take some advice.
Develop The Ability To Gauge Calorie Levels
Most people who calorie-count do it religiously. They will add up everything they eat to the nearest calorie but they may really be missing the point. It is better to develop the skill of looking at food and understanding it and knowing intrinsically how many calories it contains – i.e. how much energy it is going to give you and how long it will last. When you can do this, you will gain a greater appreciation for food and it will help you to stop over-eating beyond what your body needs. It will also help you to maintain that calorie deficit that is necessary for consistent weight loss.
What you should do is to first start by counting calories. Look up the calorie content of everything that you eat. If there is no packaging to refer to then look it up on the Internet as there are several good web sites where you can do so. When doing this, you want to relate this to how much a normal, healthy person should eat (as a general rule, start with a target of 12x your desired weight for each day’s calories. For a target of 125 pounds, for example, it would be 125 x 12 = 1,500 calories daily. Other factors can weigh in, but that formula gives you a rough idea).
After about a month, you won’t need to look anything up anymore. You will pretty much know how many calories the food that you regularly eat contains. You will also develop an ability to look at most types of food and gauge how many calories are in it. You will have a new appreciation for food and how it provides our bodies with energy instead of viewing it as something that is there to give you a good, tasty experience. You will be much less likely to eat too much and will find it much easier to eat a ‘restricted’ diet.
Knowing What Feeling ‘Full’ Really Means
Many of us feel full after we eat. Our bellies get bigger and we may even need to expand the belt a notch or two to accommodate that extra girth.
When you feel full after a meal it is really your body crying out to you and telling you that you have eaten way too much already and that you probably won’t need to eat much, if anything at all, for the rest of the day. Certainly, you should stop eating immediately.
Letting yourself get really hungry is a mistake, and it can add to your weight problems if it becomes your habit. Fitness experts, almost without exception, ‘graze’ all day instead. Instead of the standard three big meals a day, they eat 5 or 6 smaller low-calorie meals each day, designed to total up to their daily caloric total.
Not only does this stop them from getting hungry & binging, but it keeps their digestive system burning calories all day to burn off even more energy – energy that could otherwise be stored as more fat.
And THAT is the trick to eating for fuel instead of simply pouring in calories – truly successful dieting. Never feeling overly full while never feeling very hungry is a major step toward burning fat and achieving your weight-loss goals!