July 28, 2015
Strategies To Lose Weight When You Are Already Eating Right
You are doing everything right and yet when you step on the scale, the needle hasn't moved. Is there anything more discouraging? Don't let it get you down. Simple little tweaks and shifts can have you reaching your weight loss goal in no time. Here are some strategies that can help: Healthy Habit: You Count Calories. If you take in fewer calories than your body needs to maintain its current weight, you will lose weight. Problem is, only 11% of Americans correctly estimate their caloric needs. Most of us overestimate which means extra pounds. Do It Better: Find the right number of calories you need and stick to it. Prevention suggests that you:
- Get your max intake: Click here to determine what your ideal daily allowance of calories is.
- Divvy it up: Set limits on your meals and snacks. If 1,800 calories is your max, split it into three 500-calorie meals and one 300-calorie snack.
- Create a custom meal: If your favourite frozen entrée has 500 calories, that's all you get. Find one for 300, however, and you can have some fresh fruit and a small salad with it.
- Fruit: A ½-cup serving of strawberries has 23 calories, while a medium banana has more than 100. An orange has almost half the calories of a glass of orange juice. More low-cal picks include melon and blueberries.
- Vegetables: Per 1 cup, raw spinach has 7 calories and a boiled eggplant contains 35 calories; mashed sweet potato, however, has 249.
- Whole grains: Two full cups of air-popped popcorn (a whole grain) has about the same number of calories as three little whole wheat crackers.