Do These Three Things to Improve Your Weight Loss Success
You’re great at losing weight. You’ve done it lots of times. Except, if you’re like most people, you’ve put the weight back on, and maybe more.
In a way, losing weight isn’t the real problem. Keeping it off and maintaining your lower weight is the real gauge of weight loss success.
From thinking it’s as simple as cutting calories, to mindless, emotional eating, we’ve told you about many of the reasons why you might not have been able to stay at a lower weight. But we’ve also told you about different ways; tips, tricks, little things; you can do to help make weight loss easier.
No one of these might magically make the pounds fall off. But the idea is that successful weight loss is a combination of factors that are unique to you. Whether it’s your weightloss ‘journey’, living a ‘healthier lifestyle’, or simply ‘dieting’, what works for someone else may not work for you.
But there are exceptions.
These Three Things Will Help You Lose Weight
The only thing that can absolutely guarantee weight loss is your desire for it. Yes, there may be physical conditions, like hypothyroidism, that make weight loss more difficult for some of us. But if you really want it, weight loss can happen.
One of the perceptions that you need to change to improve your chances is that, by following one diet or single eating plan, you will reach your goal. The more you do to set yourself up for weight loss success, versus just jumping into a crash diet, the better.
If you start with even one of the following three changes to your diet, you’ll have a better chance of not just losing weight, but also of developing the healthy habits that keep it off.
1. Eat More Vegetables
You’ve been hearing this one all your life. but for some reason it doesn’t sink in for most of us. Canada’s Food Guide recommends five to ten servings of fruits and vegetables per day. But according to Statistics Canada, only 30% of Canadians aged 12 and older reported eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
So please eat more vegetables! They do so much for you. They fill you up so you eat less and have fewer hunger pangs. They also deliver a long list of nutrients that help prevent diseases and ailments, like diabetes and inflammation, that can contribute to weight gain.
2. Eat Less Sugar
If vegetables represent one side of the spectrum of being filling and packed with nutrition, sugar is at the complete opposite end of that spectrum. It doesn’t fill you up and, other than simple carbohydrates, has almost zero nutritional value.
Your body metabolizes the simple carbs in sugar relatively quickly. That doesn’t give you much chance to use the energy before it gets sent to your fat cells for storage.
But the real problem with sugar is in how much of it we eat every day. If you’re reading this thinking that because you eat a lot of low-sugar and diet foods you don’t eat a lot of sugar, you’re probably very wrong. High levels of sugar sneakily hide in many foods where you would least expect to find it. Protein bars, canned soups and spaghetti sauce are among them. And sugar can hide on ingredients labels under any one of at least 56 different names. These include glucose, fructose, molasses and corn syrup.
3. Eat More Whole Foods
There’s a simple guideline to help you with this one. Replace the processed foods you eat, generally those in the grocery store that come in a package from a food manufacturer, with whole foods, which are generally unpackaged, or packaged at the store.
To give you an idea, packaged, processed foods include things like frozen pizza, prepared condiments and sauces, snack foods like potato chips and cheesies, cans of soup and cookies. They are prepared by food manufacturers. Like any other business, food manufacturers like to maximize sales and profits. To do so, they add lots of unhealthy, weight producing ingredients, including flavour enhancers like sugar and salt, to their food, while taking out healthy things like fibre and nutrients.
Whole foods are just that, ‘whole’. They haven’t had anything added to them and nothing removed. In addition to fruits, vegetables, chicken and seafood, they include foods like beans, nuts, whole grains, seeds and eggs.
It can take a long time to make these changes and others to find out what works best for you. But it will be worth it. To help you make the transformation faster, the nutritional consultants at your local Herbal One Centre are ready to start developing a weight loss program specifically for you right now. Call or visit today.