The formula behind weight loss is pretty simple: in order to lose weight you have to reduce your calorie intake enough so that your body uses more calories than it is provided with. This approach may be simple in theory, but often people struggle to put it into practise, as their mindset undermines their commitment to eating healthier and exercising more. It is not unusual for individuals to seek quick weight loss without considering the implications for their overall well-being and the likelihood that they will keep the weight off. They use fad diets that promote fast weight loss initially by getting you to concentrate on eating certain types of food whilst avoiding others, which just isn’t sustainable in the long run.
You will find that it is actually possible to lose weight and still eat a little bit of what you love, as it is all about calories. Maybe you love carrots and celery in which case the calories you get from such ‘treats’ are negligible. Most individuals, though, have a weakness for calorific foods that contain lots of fat, sugar, and salt, so they have to be careful when they eat these foods, as they could quite easily exceed their calorie allowance. You might be able to eat a plateful of celery without worrying about its effect on your weight-loss progress, but if you eat a massive bar of chocolate there are likely to be consequences if you don’t keep in mind the number of calories you are consuming.
Ultimately, if you want to eat the foods that you love then you need to practise portion control. This can be difficult at first, if you’re used to eating a whole big bar of chocolate in one go, but if you want to continue losing weight you have to alter your eating habits. Let’s face it; you’re unlikely to be able to avoid temptation forever. Once you have lost all the weight you needed to you don’t want to spend the rest of your life trying not to think about chocolate or cake. Besides, if you deprive yourself of the foods you love there is a tendency to become preoccupied with such foods, and if you have bad day when you’re trying to lose weight you could find that you gorge yourself on them, making you want to give up trying altogether.
It is therefore important to get used to eating a little of what you love, rather than a lot, as it is easy to overlook the quantity of food you eat when calorie counting. The food you love may contain empty calories, but as long as you regard the times when you indulge as a treat then you won’t find it as difficult to stick to a diet and you will remain committed to losing weight and keeping it off.