Eating healthy is no doubt one of the most important factors to weight loss. You only lose weight when you burn more calories than you consume. Apart from exercising, maintaining a healthy diet can be very challenging if you do not have patience and discipline.
When I first tried to lose weight I used to think that if I work out hard enough every day and spend hours in the gym I would lose weight. Watching the weight-loss infomercials made me think that muscle gain and fat loss was easy but I was in for a huge shock. I tried a new workout routine for several weeks but I got frustrated when I did not see any results.
It took some time but I finally realized that although I was working out hard, I did not make the proper changes to my diet so the weight stayed the same. I stepped on the scaled each morning but I did not lose any pounds. I came up with a simple diet plan that I could follow and that is when I started to see changes.
First, I added more fruits and vegetables to my diet and slowed down on the fast food. I would eat salads and watermelon about three times per week then stop eating late at night. I was not always a fan of eating healthy but adding those small salads and portions of fruit to my diet plan really got me started.
The fried foods and red meat I was eating were not healthy for my body at all. Don’t get me wrong, I still eat hamburgers and beef from time to time so I did not go cold turkey! I basically just slowed down on the unhealthy foods and added more nutritious foods to make it easy for me.
Smart, Consistent Habits
I had to be patient with myself and make smart, consistent habits that gradually increased over time. There is absolutely no such thing as a magic pill that will help you lose weight overnight by doing nothing. Those small changes to my diet helped me lose a few pound per week consistently for a few months.
After several weeks of my fat loss plan I hit a plateau and the weight loss slowed down. Switching up my diet and exercise routine got me back on track though and now I am where I want to be.
Make Small Diet Changes
The main thing is to start with small healthy diet choices and gradually work your way up. If you just go cold turkey it will be difficult to stay committed and you might even gain more weight than you started with. I found a simple plan that I could follow and that was adding more fruits and vegetables to my diet plan.
Consistency is Key
The main thing to remember is that hard work and consistency is the key to weight loss.