7 Mar 2012
The abundance of books, magazines, television shows, and advertisements devoted to losing weight make it seem like the weight loss process is extremely complex. Although there are a lot of factors to consider for effective, healthy weight loss, there is one thing you must do when you try to lose weight.
You absolutely must eat.
Losing weight by not eating is extremely unhealthy and downright dangerous. The best, most sustainable way for anyone to lose weight is to eat healthy foods in the right amounts, learn how to live a healthy lifestyle, and develop healthy habits that you can continue for the rest of your life.
Food as Fuel
Every time you eat, you give your body fuel for the day. When you are losing weight and reducing your calories, the quality of fuel you put in your body matters. When I was 300 pounds, I was putting junk fuel in my body and calling it food. Processed cheese chips, candy bars, and fruit chews didn’t give me much energy. In fact, those foods were contributing to my constant fatigue.
As you lose weight, think about the healthy food you put in your body as Grade A fuel. The better the fuel, or food, the more energy you have, the less hungry you are, and the more effective your weight loss plan can be.
Since eating is necessary for weight loss and weight maintenance, the challenge lies in finding out how much and what to eat to meet your weight management goals. When I weighed 300 pounds, I ate constantly, but I ate very little healthy food. I had a lot of digestive issues when I was obese, was always tired, and had very few healthy habits.
Once I committed to losing half my size, I challenged myself by deciding to regularly find new healthy recipes to try. These recipes became some of my family’s favorites. I also challenged myself by eating foods I had turned my nose up at before. Foods such as brown rice, whole wheat breads and cereals, and cauliflower. Guess what? I actually liked them. Over time, I discovered these healthy foods were not only helping me lose weight, but I felt better too.
What have you done to make sure you are losing weight by healthy eating? Have you found any new foods that you were surprised you liked?
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