Many people think if it’s healthy, you can eat as much as you want but your doctor wants you to know it’s important to limit ‘recreational’ eating, no matter how healthy the snack.
Here’s some tips from doctors to help with your weight loss goals. Tip #1-When you eat is just as important as what you eat
When you eat is important for weight loss. Starving all day and eating a big meal at the end of the day is counterproductive. No matter how nutritious a meal is, don’t eat too late in the day. You won’t have the time to burn it off and use it for fuel for the day. It ends up being stored in a body gas tank (the fat cells).
Tip #2-Check your medications
Some common medications prescribed for chronic conditions like hypertension, diabetes, and depression are weight positive. This means, they make you gain weight or make it difficult for you to lose the excess weight you already have. If you need to be on medications, it’s best to be on weight neutral or weight negative alternatives. Talk to your doctor about your medications.
Tip #3-Reaching your goal weight isn’t the end
It takes fewer calories and more energy expenditure to maintain weight loss than it takes to initiate weight loss. Therefore if you let up once you start losing weight, you will gain it all back and then some!
Tip #4-Alcohol literally prevents weight loss
Alcohol is not only empty calories but also has a huge effect on the weight loss process. It can interrupt and inhibit fat metabolism, making it harder to lose weight. Alcoholic drinks also contain a lot of added calories and carbs that make it harder to lose weight. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news 🙁
Tip #5-Not all calories are created equal
Calories are not just calories. There are foods that will nourish the body, preserve and protect lean muscle mass, and foster a healthy metabolism. Some of these may be lean proteins, fresh produce, and whole grains. There are foods that will contribute calories but very little else nutritionally. Some of these may be refined grains, processed foods, and added sugars. Having a calorie limit is a good idea, but it’s critical to meet that goal with as many healthy choices as possible.
Tip #6-You have to exercise too
Exercise is important for so many reasons. Metabolic health and weight loss being only one. It is true that focusing on diet makes more of a difference in terms of weight loss. However the two disciplines work together to maintain a healthy body and metabolism.
Tip #7-Sleep is the missing link in weight loss
I refer to sleep as the third pillar of weight loss. Getting less than 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night ramps up hunger. Lack of sleep also interferes with impulse control, making it less likely that you will stick to healthy food choices and portion sizes the following day. Getting less sleep than needed also heightens cortisol, which prompts the body to overeat to refuel after fighting off a stress related issue.
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