I want to lose weight with my diet
- by Rob Elton
- 13 July, 2012
Good nutrition is a big part of losing weight, and by weight I mean fat. There is a lot of conflicting information out there and this can make something so simple become a minefield. It seems every day you are told of some miracle diet that will let you lose weight quickly. The fact is nutrition is often made out to be a lot more complicated than it needs to be, it is all about a balanced diet.
As with everything in life you need to be prepared to put the work in, there are no quick fixes. If you want to lose weight quickly by losing muscle tissue and water then yes those fad diets will work- until you go back to eating normally again and then the chances are you will put more back on and it’s a vicious circle. If you really want to eat healthily it takes dedication and determination. There are simple changes you can make towards eating healthily; it doesn’t have to be all or nothing.
Point Blank Fitness do not agree with cutting ANY food group out, they all have their place on your plate, it is about finding the right balance and ratio that works for you at that time depending on your circumstances. If you really are interested in losing fat then you need to accept the following facts
1. 1-2lbs of fat loss per week is the maximum you can achieve. That’s creating 3500-7000 calorie deficit per week!
2. For maximum results a calorie deficit should be 500cal from food and 500cal from exercise configured from your nutrition plan to figure your calorific intake
3. Follow a balanced structured nutrition plan full of nutritious food to promote fat loss with increased energy, mental focus and wellbeing
4. Keep a journal for a minimum of 4weeks to create a positive and responsible habit to achieving a good diet.
Simple ways to start eating more healthily
- Swap white processed carbs for wholegrain/ whole-wheat. This applies to bread, rice and pasta.
- Aim for 5 servings of dark leafy veg and 3 portions of fruit.
- Remember fat is good for you- you just need the right kind, from oily fish, nuts and seeds.
- Reduce the amount of fried and processed food in your diet.
- Eat as fresh as you can and make your own as much as time allows.
If you want a no nonsense book to read about nutrition and how it affects your body and mind, we always recommend Patrick Holford’s Optimum Nutrition Bible. This is a pretty heavy duty book and there is a lighter version which most people find easier to apply to their lives- 6 Weeks to Super Health. This is pretty much a condensed version.
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