Food is the fuel for our bodies as petrol is for cars. How cliché, but how true! Put junk in the tank and get sub-standard results. Put premium fuel in and get top performance. The same goes for our bodies. But what should we eat, how much and when? This is where it starts to get a little overwhelming, particularly when trying to lose weight.
So let’s break it down.
What to eat
This one is actually easy. Using common sense you can figure this one out all by yourself most times; you can eat just about anything as long as it has “real” nutritional value and is not overloaded with things like sugar, fat, oil, or salt and is not made predominantly of processed foods or white flour. Other than that, pretty much anything goes.
Now obviously this does not mean you can go out and look for things that exclude these few ingredients. It goes a little deeper than that, and we will cover it all in time. For now, just follow these weightloss basics and it will be fine.
How much to eat
Forget about weighing your food and stop counting calories. It’s pointless and is stressful. Instead, make a fist and turn your hand palm down. The back of your fisted hand from wrist to knuckles is the correct portion size for most things like rice and veg. When it comes to things like potatoes, well let’s keep it simple once again. Make a fist and the size your fist is (the whole fist) is the size of potato you should eat. It’s really that simple.
When to eat
This one is a little trickier. Everyone has different schedules and this is where it comes down to you. You should be eating at least four times a day (six is better), so you need to figure out how to break your day up into as equal parts as you can between these meals.
This likely doesn’t mean you should be eating the way you are accustomed to now six times a day, so don’t fret; you will NEVER lose weight that way! However, by eating six smaller (way smaller) meals a day you push up your core temperature naturally and force your metabolism to speed up, which is exactly what you want. Break up your meals into breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack. Try to eat every three to four hours to boost your metabolism.
Snacks can include things like a handful of raw almonds or mixed nuts or even a piece of fruit, but mix it up so you don’t get bored. You can “skip” eating lunch and have a meal replacement shake instead if your day is a bit hectic.
The main meals are different. Keep dinner light so as not to tax your digestive system too much while you sleep. Here’s another cliché for you: drink lots of water. Water is probably the most essential component to weight loss. No avoiding it I’m afraid. Keep a large bottle of water on your desk, bedside table and car, and just sip at it from time to time.