You will be told over and over: If you want to achieve your target weight you just need diet and exercise. While this statement is undeniably true, what’s even more true is that you should change your diet and master it before you begin to exercise; because there is nothing worse than wasted time and effort. Why do all the work if it won’t even get you where you want to be? Today we are going to show you why you should master your diet before you hop on the treadmill.
Why Diet Needs to Come First
It’s not shocking to hear that diet will always be the primary factor in health. Exercise alone will not promote weight loss. Your diet is always the quickest way to get the ball rolling.
One factor, in particular, has shown to be one of the easiest steps: calorie control. Simply reducing the portion size of your meals can give you tremendous strides to your weight target.
This is one of the easiest ways to start good weight loss habits. There is a ton of helpful ways out there to slowly eat less and less, and yes even ways to not feel hungry or starved. Let’s explore the simple ways to reduce caloric intake.
Portion Control plates, bowls, and utensils
This one really does wonders. If you use dishes that are actually smaller and have a reduced size it’s much easier to keep track of how much you are eating. Studies support this, places like TheBMJ explain much more in depth just how much our portion sizes have gotten out of control.
Luckily, there are tons of options these days for portion-reducing dishes, here are just a few great examples.
Drinking Water Before Meals
Another easy and efficient way to control portion and calories is to drink one full glass of water before you begin to eat your meals. Try it first with just dinner, and then slowly incorporate this into each meal you eat.
Your body needs water to thrive, and Boston College suggests that we do not drink enough water currently. This is killing two birds with one stone. Not only will you stay hydrated and happy, but you will also become full from eating faster, and thus reduce your caloric intake.
Don’t Let Calories Scare You
Its 100% true that reducing your calories will promote weight loss. But don’t become scared of calories; they are simply just a measure of how much energy your body will extract from the food.
Even more important, though, is just what type of calories they are. Healthy foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats like chicken or fish contain tons of calories, but they are necessary to sustain and nourish your body, and promote weight loss too.
The issues you usually see when concerning calories usually comes from just how many calories there are in super unhealthy foods like soda, candy, and fast food. One Big Mac from McDonald’s contains around 563 calories. Even more important to note that in that same sandwich is 1.3 grams of trans fat, which can contribute to heart disease and other health issues. So again, it’s not that calories are bad, it’s what those foods are consisting of is much more important.
If you really are committed to losing weight this summer, start now to begin to modify and change your diet. Just eating a smaller sized portion at your usual meals can really start dramatic differences down the road. Even just a month later, you can even calculate just how many calories you have reduced in your diet, and it’s almost guaranteed that you will see a difference when you step on the scale too.
Try a few of these tricks listed above and see if they work for you. Let us know if it’s making the change you want in your life.Follow us on social media: