Moving toward a healthier weight is a goal for so many of us, and it can be a “daily adventure” (I refuse to say a “daily struggle”) to stay on the straight and narrow of our daily food plan. I’m convinced that we will have struggle’s - and strangely enough we should expect them, but we don’t have to embrace them.
We will have moments of regret when we do what I call “stupid eating“ moments, but you don’t have to have a day of regret. Just moments. And those moments will get fewer and farther between when you constantly make the effort of moving towards a healthier weight. They will, I promise.
I found a really good site full of information (mypyramid.gov) that talks about moving toward a healthier weight. In an attempt to arm you to be able to fight the enemy, here’s more ammunition to use in your battle of winning your weight loss war.
Reaching a healthier weight is a balancing act. The secret is learning how to balance your “energy in” and “energy out” over the long run.
Maintaining weight: Your weight will stay the same when the calories you eat and drink equal the calories you burn.
Losing weight: You will lose weight when the calories you eat and drink are less than the calories you burn.
Which one did you choose? Where would you like to be?
Many people want to lose weight. To do this the strategy is simple - the challenge is putting it into practice every day.
If you are overweight or obese, here are some basic steps to help you gradually move toward a healthier weight.
1. Learn what to eat from each food group
2. Focus on how much you eat. Watch your portion sizes
3. Choose nutrient-dense forms of foods. These foods are packed with nutrients but low in “extras” that just add calories
4. Get moving! Physical activity can help you reach and keep a healthier weight
5. Follow your progress by tracking your food intake and physical activity. Check your weight weekly