Let’s face it, diets only work for so long and then before you know it you are back to your old habits. Do you want to finally keep off the weight that you keep losing once or twice a year? It is important to first look at how you typically like to structure your food in your day. For example, do you enjoy eating 3 square meals a day or are you a “grazer”?
If you are someone who enjoys having your 3 square meals you need to look at exactly what you are eating at those times. Are your meals balanced or are they one sided? A balanced meal with lots and fruits or veggies along with a healthy protein topped off with a little good fat will help to keep you full and satisfied. You will also not feel the need to snack in the evening.........and let’s face it.......this is usually when useless calories get consumed. If you are a 3 meal a dayer you will have to be sure to plan your meals in advance, as this
will not work for you if you look into your fridge 10 minutes before you are out the door. You will also be more
likely to eat out which is a recipe for weight gain! Remember, “fail to plan.....plan to fail”. Your best bet is to
take 30 minutes per week to plan your meals in advance. This type of eating is great for someone who doesn’t get bored easily. This way you could plan the same meals each week for each day.
If you are a “grazer”, you can get away with a little less planning, as long as you have an array of healthy snacky options in the house. For example, you can begin your day with a quick protein shake, in another few hours have a handful of almonds, for lunch cut veggies and sliced cheese, another snack being an apple and finally for dinner a small bowl of chilli with some brown rice. The key to this type of eating is portion control. When
you are eating this many times in your day, you must be very honest about the amount you are consuming.
In my experience, both ways of eating can help promote sustained weight loss. You must however first decide which style of eating works best for you and your lifestyle and stick with it! Remember, veggies and fruits are your friends when you are looking to lose weight, and they work for both eating types.