You are what you eat! Eating isn’t just about satisfying hunger. Nutrition is important for maintaining good health.
In today’s society, many people are eating a calorie rich but nutrient poor diet. Poor eating habits can keep us alive, but they don't keep our bodies nourished. Eating foods that are high in calories but low in vitamins and minerals—i.e. ‘empty’ calories—can lead to excess weight gain.
What’s the best diet for weight management?
There’s really no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to a weight management diet. The best weight management diet for you is one that will take all these factors into account—your lifestyle, your usual eating patterns, your likes and dislikes. I can’t stress how important this is, because the one thing you can’t (and shouldn’t) do is to put your life on hold in order to lose weight. Remember, whatever you do in order to get the weight off is the same thing you’re going to do in order to keep it off. You’re just practicing for the long run, so you may as well figure it out from the starting gate.
That said, here are 5 diet tips that can help you to achieve your weight management goal:
1. Don’t skip breakfast
Having a healthy breakfast habit not only contributes to long-term wellbeing but it is also a useful strategy for weight management. A healthy breakfast is a nutritionally balanced meal rich in vitamins and minerals. It helps to prevent you from becoming overly hungry and indulging on unhealthy foods during lunch. This way may help to keep tabs on your calorie intake and support your weight management journey.
2. Take in adequate amounts of healthy, lean protein
Protein is the macronutrient with the highest satiety value, which is effective in keeping you feeling full for a longer period. Herbalife Formula 1 Nutritious Mixed Soy Protein Drink is a perfect choice for a nutritious and low-calorie breakfast. You can get creative with add-ins like nuts or nut butter, seeds, avocado, carrots, spinach, fruits, rolled oats, and spices.
Fish, poultry breast, lean meats, low fat dairy products, protein powders and plant proteins such as beans, lentils and soy help satisfy hunger and also help the body to maintain lean body mass. Aim to have a source of protein at each meal and snack.
3. Focus on healthy carbohydrates
Vegetables, fruits and whole grains are healthy sources of carbohydrate. Vegetables have the fewest calories per bite, followed by fruits, and then grains. All are important to a healthy diet, but while you’re trying to lose, you can shift your focus a bit towards more veggies. Don’t feel you have to choke down the latest trendy fruit or vegetable. There are literally hundreds of edible fruits and vegetables in this world—find the ones that appeal to you.
4. Watch fat intake and focus on the healthy fats
The calories in fats add up very quickly, so do your best to trim your fat intake wherever you can. Use small amounts of healthy fats—like olive oil, or nuts, or avocado—to add flavor to foods, but don’t overdo it.
5. Practice portion control
Even if you make the right choices, you won’t lose weight if you are still eating too much. If this sounds like you, try cutting your portion size by about 20% to start. It’s a small enough change to not be that noticeable, but it could be just enough to get your weight moving again.
*This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
1. Susan Bowerman – The Best Weight Loss Diet for You
2. Susan Bowerman – 10 Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas for Kids