Hi lovelies! Today, I’m back with a Health/Fitness post 🙂 And while the title does focus on “losing weight,” I actually want to talk more about my lifestyle, especially pertaining to eating choices. These little tips and tricks have helped me achieve and maintain a healthy weight that I’m happy with, and I wanted to share it all with you!
Breakfast is actually my least favorite meal of the day (but for some reason, I love brunch LOL), but regardless of my general distaste for it, I still force myself to eat something, even if it’s just a slice of toast because skipping breakfast can actually lead to weight gain!
Yes, you read that right! Weight gain! Now you must be asking, how does not eating actually lead to weight gain?!
When you wake up in the morning, your stomach is empty, especially since your last meal before you fell asleep was most likely between the hours of 6 to 9. Let’s say you wake up at between the hours of 6 to 9 in the morning as well. That means you’ve just went through roughly 12 whole hours without consuming any food!
If you do not at least attempt to fill your stomach at least a little, your hunger will only increase, so by the time it’s lunch, you’ll be starving and will overeat, which leads to unnecessary caloric intake, which can lead to weight gain!
This also brings us to our next point…
Did you know it takes 10 minutes for your brain to receive the “I’m full” signal from your stomach?
That means if you eat too fast, your stomach might actually already be full, but your brain doesn’t receive that message right away, which can once again lead to unnecessary caloric intake.
Eating slowly has many benefits not limited to just dieting, but also promotes more refined dining etiquette and allows you to really enjoy and savor your food 🙂
Do Not Eat After 8:00 in the Evening (If You Can Help It)
This is a rule that I follow very strictly.
Now, I do know that for some of us, who work later hours or get out of class late (situations in which we can’t control what time we’ll eat at), this rule can’t really apply. However, there are still ways to get around it.
For instance, when I was still in school, there were days where I had to stay on campus late, and now that I’ve entered the work force, there are also days where I have to stay at the office until very late hours to complete projects. I generally try to know when my schedule will be affected by these late hours ahead of time so I can plan and eat a bigger lunch.
I do this because lunch is a meal that leaves a lot more time for you to digest properly, while overeating during dinner leaves you only a few hours of digestion before bedtime.
However, I generally never eat after 8:00 PM because I just never felt that it was necessary. For those of you who are tempted to snack after that hour, one tip that can help curb those cravings is to brush your teeth after dinner.
This is something that I always do, and because I’m lazy to brush again later, I won’t give in to my cravings for any midnight snacks! 🙂
Eating 3 Meals a Day
Eating proportional, rightly-timed meals can help you avoid unnecessary overeating and snacking.
Try to follow a general schedule on a daily basis, and if you must really snack in between meals, only consume healthy food between breakfast and lunch, as well as lunch and dinner, making it only two snacks (max) per day 🙂
Choose Foods that Fill You Up and Make the Calories Count
I think this tip has made the most difference to me! In the past, whenever I ate out or snacked, I wouldn’t really mind what choices I made, going for foods that weren’t necessarily beneficial to me.
For instance, I love all types of chips and many other savory foods, but I also know that even if I finish the whole bag, I would just be consuming a lot of empty calories. Junk food is high in calories, but low in nutritional value, and likewise, won’t make you full at all (so you’ll most likely have to eat something else anyways), which means even more calories than you even intended.
That’s why I’ve now improved and tend to choose foods that will fill me up instead. When I’m craving snacks, I’ll try to choose fresh fruits or whole grain crackers because not only are these foods lower in calories, they’ll keep me feeling full longer, so I’ll be less likely to overeat later on. 🙂
In addition, and this pertains more to those who come from an Asian upbringing, I strongly advise you to not skip rice during lunch and dinner! I know that a lot of new fad diets like to rid rice from the equation all together, but actually this does more harm to your body than you really know! Rice actually fills you up, preventing you from overeating or snacking unnecessarily. If you’re worried about the sugar content in white rice, there is always brown rice, which can actually keep you fuller for longer too 🙂
Drink Lots of Water
This isn’t just a dieting tip, but also just a general little tweak to add to your daily routine. Drinking enough water can really help speed up metabolism, which in turn, speeds up activity in the digestive track 🙂
And also, drinking lots of water can really help not only your body, but also your skin and hair become a lot healthier, so it’s a win-win!
Keep Track of What You Eat
And my last tip is to keep a little diary or journal of everything you’re eating! 🙂 This is actually really helpful, and it was something that I was required to do for my Nutrition Sciene class. In this class, we used a website called FitDay, which you can use as a personal food diary, where you record everything you eat. The website counts the calories of each food item, and based on the information that you submitted when you signed up, such as your height, weight, and exercise patterns, it’ll tell you if you’re eating too little, enough, or too much calories for the day 🙂
It’s actually a really helpful website, and even though I only used it during the three months that I had the class, it’s made me overall really conscious of what I’m putting in my body on a daily basis.
This goes to show that maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle really starts with your state of mind. Once you’re conscious of everything that you’re actually putting into your body, it’ll influence you to make better choices 🙂
I hope my post was helpful and informational 🙂 Of course, maintaining a healthy weight cannot be solely attributed to eating choices because exercise really makes such a difference! Even if it’s just getting up out of your seat to take a little walk, it’s better than no activity at all, so always make sure you’re exercising at least three times a week.
Let me know what you all do to maintain a healthy lifestyle as well! I’m always up for new tips! Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll be back again soon!