Part of last weeks challenge was keeping a food diary- how did you go? Did you take note or keep a record of what you ate / drank through the day? If so, what did you find?
With me, when I started tracking and logging what I was eating, I realised how many extra snacks I was having through the day- a little biscuit here and there- maybe with nutella or wrinkles on top if I was feeling naughty… but have this a few times a day and it really adds up!
When I started eating more regularly (3-4 hourly), properly fueling my body with the right amount of good quality carbohydrates and proteins (and good fats), as well as increasing my water intake for the day, the need to snack was diminished as I was no longer hungry- I was sustained throughout the day. By making a few small tweaks to your diet can have a huge impact of weight loss!
Yes losing weight is about calories in vs calories out, however its not quite that simple. Making sure you’re choosing complex carbohydrate options that are low GI will sustain you for longer, staying hydrated can help your body distinguish whether its hungry or thirsty, eating regularly will help teach you not to constantly snack through the day (as this is often what lets people down!). We do also need to get the right balance between macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and fats) in our diet to help us with this.
If you’d like assistance with getting these amounts correct, drop me a message. My Fitness Pal can also help you- enter in your details and goals, and it will give you an idea of how many macronutrients we should consume to achieve your goal. Aim for 0.5 – 1 kg per week in weight loss- this is a sustainable approach to changing eating habits and losing weight.