Learning about nutrition
Think Before You Eat
Before you take the big plunge into this journey, it is imperative that you understand proper nutrition. Start looking at nutrition labels on your food, look up the nutrition facts before you go out to eat, and start making conscious decisions about what you’re putting in your body. There is so much information on those labels that you should be reading. When you start doing this, I think you will find that some of the things you love, you can still have and others you should probably have in more moderation. I have lost 50 lbs without following any specific diet, just by changing what I eat and getting active.
Drink Your Water, Not Your Calories
One key element to weight loss is drinking A LOT of water! The chart below gives a guideline based on your weight of how much water you should be drinking daily. If you’re not a fan of water, try to ease into it slowly. Replace 1 drink a day with water, then move up to 2, and keep going until you are drinking more water than anything else. The water will help you feel fuller longer, shed the pounds faster, and give you more calories to eat because you won’t be drinking them. I promise it will make a difference for you!
Learn Proper Nutrition
Let’s face it, I’m not a health professional and I don’t know everything that is right and wrong. The best I can do is sift through the loads of information that I’ve read over my years on this journey and share it with you. I will only ever share what I have personally used and found to be effective. After doing this for 4 years, I’ve gained a good enough knowledge about nutrition and exercise that I feel I can lead you the right way.
There’s a website called Choose My Plate that has some great information to get you started learning about making better choices to meet your caloric and nutritional needs. I recommend taking a few minutes to read over the link above to help you understand what you should be eating.
Perhaps the most important things I’ve learned over the years is that carbs and fats are NOT bad and protein will help you lose fat. It’s all about choosing HEALTHY carbs, fats and proteins. Don’t restrict yourself, because all of these things are pieces of a bigger puzzle.
Carbs are NOT all bad! I know that a lot of diets focus on cutting carbs to lose weight. I found this great article on Self.com that gives a new perspective on carbs and shows the benefits to consuming them in your daily diet. Don’t be afraid to consume them, they really will benefit you!
Track Your Nutrition
A great way to learn more about how much you should be eating in order to lose or maintain your wait is a FREE app called MyFitnessPal. This app changed my life and really helped me learn more about nutrition. I highly recommend downloading it today! Start tracking what you’re eating to see where you need to improve. See my post for more information on this great app!
So here’s the deal. If you’re following my site, you most likely enjoy that delicious food that is SO bad for you! I know because I do! I find that having 1-2 cheat meals a week is important to keep you on track. If you completely restrict yourself, you’re more likely to fail. Keep in mind though,
that you want to keep them from sabotaging your progress. When I had more weight to lose and was a little younger I could cheat for an entire day and it wouldn’t set me back. Now, if I do that i find that it takes me days to get back to where I was before I cheated. Now, I try to have one cheat meal mid-week and one on the weekend. Sometimes I’ll even skip the mid-week one. Pay attention to your progress and see what works for you, but don’t restrict yourself completely!