Are you tirelessly counting every calorie you consume, from that drop of milk in your coffee to that extra grape you had at lunch? Well perhaps its time you rethought your strategy.
Counting calories is simply not an effective way to manage your weight, as it does not take into consideration the nutritional value of the food consumed. Therefore, you may have reached your calorie limit for the day, but did you eat the correct amount of fruits, vegetables, proteins, carbohydrates and fats? Did you get the right vitamins and minerals for your body to run efficiently?
So if not calories, what should you be looking at?
– Portion Sizes!
Most of us eat way more than should, simply because we do not understand what a portion looks like. Read the back of your label to see what 1 serving size is in relation to the food/ drinks that you are consuming. For example; this Iced Tea, is in fact 2 servings, as it is a 500ml, but the ‘per serving’ size on the label reads 250ml.
– Variety is the spice of life
The easiest way to ensure that you are getting all the nutrients you need, without double checking the nutritional value of each food item, is to simply eat a variety of colourful foods (unprocessed) daily. Remember to include dairy (milk, cheeses) and protein sources (either meat or plant), to ensure all your meals are well rounded nutritionally. Ensure that your breakfasts, lunches, suppers and snacks all contribute to a healthy selection of foods – keeping in mind those portion sizes!
– Nutritional Value
Think about the quality of the food you are putting into your body. Does the label have a bunch of words you can barely understand or pronounce? Is the product high in saturated fat and salts? Is it drowning in sugars? This would be the warning sign to put the product back and step away from the shelf. Sugar consumption is becoming a major health concern globally, as the products we consume everyday are laden with hidden sugars! 5g or lower per 100g is good and anything over 22,5g of sugar / 100g is too high! #Avoid
Double check those “healthy” cereal/energy bars you have been eating every other morning and you will realize that what you thought was healthy is actually adding to your mid section!
Eating better for weight loss is all about being more conscious about the foods you are consuming – rather than counting every last calorie.
Now go out & enjoy yourself!