How to Keep Your Weight on Track for Food Lovers

As a food lover, there is every chance you may overindulge on those hard to resist treats from time to time. If you love food, you probably also find it really difficult to stick to diets. Diets in a can like SlimFast can lack the flavors, textures and digestive satisfaction you get from gourmet meals. They certainly can’t compete with luxurious desserts! But they do have their place. They are especially convenient for those who just don’t have the time to cook low-calorie meals from scratch.

If cooking and eating are your life’s passion, then it can be much easier than you think to eat well. You can enjoy your food and still lose excess weight. You already know which foods taste great together and how to bring out the incredible flavours of fresh produce. What you might not know is how to effectively manage portions and fat content. It’s a wonderful feeling to throw stuff in a pan and tip out a full, yummy meal in just a few minutes, but how do you know if you are eating too much?

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For those of us who are rather inactive, just 1200 calories could be enough. That is a measly 300 calories per meal, plus a couple of 150 calories snacks. A large apple on its own is over 100 calories, so this kind of calorie counting can leave you feeling a little empty on the inside. If you love a big meal in the evening, it is possible to balance your calories with your activity. This is the basis of many popular health plans at the moment. You only eat what you burn off in activity, then you won’t put on any weight. Eat less than you burn off and you can lose weight.

To enjoy a good meal of eight or nine hundred calories, you would have to undertake a substantial amount of activity. But if your breakfast and lunch are light, your resting calorie burn may take care of the meal on its own. Some diets are entirely about the calories. Other diets, like the Paleo diet, are more about the quality and types of food you are eating. Many people ask “does the paleo diet work” or “can I feel full when reducing calories with WeightWatchers”? Everyone is unique and lives different lifestyles. Only by trying a diet out can you determine if they are right for you.

There are lots of downsides to strict diets for healthy eating. Reducing calories can make you feel empty, hungry and faint. Cutting out certain foods can leave you with shortages in your nutritional intake. This can lead to illness or other health problems. If you love your food, you may be better off reducing your portion size and increasing your activity levels. This could be considered a good way to prevent weight gain if you enjoy full-flavored meals.

You can find free apps for your smartphone or tablet that will let you know how many calories your body needs at resting. These apps will also tell you how many calories are in each of the foods you are eating. Fitness apps detail the number of calories you can burn doing various activities. These can include vacuuming, walking, Yoga, playing a musical instrument and ironing. With all these details, it is possible to work out what you can do to burn off the calories you have eaten each day.

It really is hard to stick to diets when all the tastiest foods are the ones you have to cut out. Can there be a compromise? When you are calorie counting, you could eat that chocolate bar, but then you may have to skip a whole meal to compensate. Sadly, chocolate bars aren’t very filling, and they lack the nutritional requirements of a meal. Fortunately, most of what we need in terms of vitamins, minerals and fibre can be found in foods that are very low calorie.

Carrots, peas, broccoli, and other vegetables have large quantities of vitamins and minerals. Many vegetables and beans also provide a lot of the fibre we need each day too. They may not be filling on their own, but adding plenty of vegetables to each meal means you have low-calorie nutrition. This helps to improve the health of your diet. Add three different veg portions to your evening meal. It can be shredded or blended to form part of a sauce, or even tucked away in your mashed potato.

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Fruits are a little harder to balance when you are watching things like sugar levels. Raw fruit is full of natural sugars. If you have problems with your blood glucose, you need to be careful if you are trying to increase your fruit intake. Fruit is full of vitamins, like vitamin C. It also tastes really good and has a wonderful texture. It’s versatile too. You can eat it raw, add it to ice cream or custard, or even bake it in a fruit pie. Try some raw fruit for breakfast in a yogurt or cereal. You can eat a banana for a filling snack. Enjoy tinned fruit with dessert, for a more nutritional treat.

Increasing your activity so you can feel a little less guilty when enjoying high-calorie food can be easy too. Walk to the shop to pick up the ingredients for meals. Take public transport to work so you have to walk to the bus stop or station. Do a little housework every day, and take on one or two exercise classes per week. You could walk a neighbour’s dog each day, or take the stairs up to your office each morning. Get a fitness tracker to help you count each step toward your daily calorie burn.

Diets are hard for most people, but for foodies, they can be impossible to bear. If you enjoy food, consider enjoying it in smaller portions. Try to increase your activity every day to balance the calories. It opens up the possibility of enjoying a rounded diet without gaining weight. Enjoy what you eat, and enjoy burning it off too.