The mirror, the scale, the ever watching eyes, whatever the reason for your decision to lose weight there is one important piece of information that you need to arm yourself with. The keys to effective weight loss are exercise and proper nutrition. No matter how much effort you put into your exercise routine, improper nutrition can hinder or destroy any progress you may desire. While there are many fad diets and “lose weight quick” schemes around, nothing can replace simple, basic nutrition know-how when you are attempting to lose weight. There are four main areas to consider when it comes to rudimentary nutrition. Animals, plants, and liquids are all you need to consider in order to lose weight. An analysis of your current diet and lifestyle should indicate where you need to make a change.
The nutritional value of animals is an absolute for not only satisfying your hunger, but providing a sustainable fuel source for your body. The most common mistakes in animal consumption occur in portion sizes and preparation techniques. No matter what type of animal you choose to devour (although limiting red meat consumption is recommended) the portion size should never exceed the size of your fist and you should limit the ingestion of this type of food to twice a day. Perhaps more important than the amount of animal sources you partake in is the preparation of these foods. In order to maintain a healthy weight loss, you should bake, boil, broil, or grill your animal (and avoid sauces). Using these techniques for cooking your food ensures that no extra fat is added and some of the fat dissipates in the cooking process.
Plants are the most important part of your nutritional routine for weight loss. Whether you are ingesting fruits or vegetables, these types of foods are an excellent choice for weight loss. Neither of these choices must be limited as they provide much needed nutrients the way nature intended. A good rule-of-thumb for choosing the types of fruits and vegetables you consume is to choose as fresh as possible and prepackaged or canned varieties. Preparation of these foods can include raw consumption as well as baking, broiling, steaming, boiling, and grilling (avoid added sauces).
The final piece of the nutrition puzzle is liquids. Your weight loss is contingent on your choice of liquid nourishment. No matter what you eat, your choice in drink can destroy any progress you make. Simply stated, the best liquids to ingest are those without added sugar or sugar alternatives. Water, black coffee, unsweetened tea, and skim milk (for muscle and bone support) are the staples of the liquid regiment for weight loss. By choosing any other type of fluid you run the risk of added calories.
The consideration of these three areas are essential for nutrition and weight loss. Any other source of calories you partake of is a gamble for your gut.