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Losing weight fails: 8 nutrition tips for your diet

How many times have you tried to lose weight? Exercising a few times a week and eating healthier, but failing to lose weight. The milk chocolate bar and chips in the cupboard looked tempting to you, and you couldn't resist those fresh cheeses in the fridge. You lapse into old patterns. Are there certain nutrients that can help you lose weight?

Losing weight is a touchy subject for many people. Making healthy choices can be incredibly difficult in a world where food is everywhere and constantly. On birthdays there is cake and at other parties the temptation of bitterballs. So it is not easy to have to say "no" to everything like a strained string. But is this necessary? And how does losing weight actually work? Read on quickly.

How can I lose weight?

Losing weight is basically pretty simple: you have to burn more calories than you take in. When you burn more calories than you take in, your body will begin to burn stored fat, leading to weight loss. This does involve the following:

  • Calorie intake: Watch what you eat and drink. Choose nutritious meals with plenty of vegetables, fruits, protein and whole grains. For example, soft drinks provide a lot of empty calories that won't fill you up. If you want to lose weight, it is good not to drink too much of this
  • Calorie-burning: Move more! From a daily walk to regular workout sessions. When you exercise, your body burns calories. Losing weight by walking can also. An average 30-minute walk burns about 120-180 calories. A standard muffin contains about 250-300 calories. So you would have to walk for about 45 minutes to an hour to burn the calories of one muffin.
  • Portion control: Pay attention to the size of your portions. If you use smaller plates and portions, you may eat less because it looks more visually. This can help control the total calories you eat.
  • Drink more water: Sometimes hunger and thirst are confused, so keep drinking enough to avoid unnecessary snacks. Flavor your water with fresh lemon, mint or cucumber. Put a water bottle next to your desk or in your bag so you always have water handy.

Listen to your body: Learn to recognize the signals of hunger and satiety (when you are full). Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are satisfied.

Losing weight fast: is it possible?

If you are in the process of losing weight, you actually want to do so as soon as possible. You know the diets that promise you can lose 10 pounds in three weeks.Β 

Losing weight quickly may sound appealing, but it can lead to the yo-yo effect. This happens when after a quick diet you quickly regain the weight you lost, sometimes even more. You often lose not only fat, but also muscle mass and fluid, which is not healthy. To lose weight permanently, it is important to follow a balanced diet, exercise regularly and adopt healthy habits. Did you know that it usually takes about 21 to 66 days for your new behavior to become a habit? Therefore, give yourself time to get used to exercising and eating, just until it is completely in your system.

Losing weight: 7 tips for nutrition

What can you eat if you want to lose weight? Basically everything!Β 

In fact, it is too simple to label products as healthy or unhealthy. An example: is broccoli healthy? Yes, you might think. Suppose you were to eat only broccoli. Would it still be healthy? You would probably miss certain nutrients and you would not feel very good.Β 

Balance is what will eventually take you far. If 80% of the time you have a diet that actually nourishes you, and 20% of the week you eat products that nourish your body a little less, then that's not a problem. Now there are certain nutrients and products that can help you lose weight.Β 

  1. Proteins: Add protein to every meal such as chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, dairy and plant-based protein sources such as beans and lentils. Protein provides a feeling of fullness and helps maintain muscle mass.(1)
  2. Omega-3 fatty acids.: Add fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel and sardines, or consider an omega-3 supplement. These fatty acids can support weight loss and are good for the heart.(2,3)
  3. High-fiber diet: Choose whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits for a high-fiber diet. Fiber helps with satiety and aids your digestion.(4)
  4. Green tea: Drink green tea for its antioxidants and caffeine, which may help somewhat in speeding up metabolism.(5,6)
  5. Chia seeds: Add chia seeds to smoothies or yogurt for a satiating effect and delivery of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber.(7)
  6. Spices such as cayenne, ginger and chili pepper: Green tea can accelerate metabolism and promote fat oxidation, while capsaicin and ginger can increase metabolism and reduce appetite. (8,9)

Nuts: Which nuts are healthy for losing weight? Almonds, walnuts, cashews, pistachios, hazelnuts and peanuts give you healthy fats, proteins and minerals and make you feel full.(10,11,12)

In conclusion, runners are deadbeats

Losing weight is personal and it is important to do it in a sustainable way. Losing weight quickly can lead to the yo-yo effect; a balanced diet, exercise and healthy habits are better. There is no such thing as "forbidden" foods; instead, focus on balance and healthy choices. Add plenty of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, green tea, chia seeds and nuts, and drink plenty of water.Β 

Remember, it is better to lose weight slowly, over a long period of time, than very quickly. Runners die and you are more likely to end up back at your old weight. What small change can you do today for big results later?

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