Being overweight is more of a psychological issue than anything else, and a vast majority of overweight people can find and recognize the reasons of their current condition in some emotional issues. Deciding to start a weight loss routine is a grand decision which doesn’t need to stress you out. It is a long process nevertheless, but it doesn’t need to be mentally difficult, as long as you set your mindset right. This is a decision you need to make on your own and there is not a single person on this planet which will know how to put your body through the proper regime in order to lose weight and maintain it for a long time.
Obviously, the first thing you’ll need to work on is your diet routine. It’s physically impossible to gain weight as long as you keep your calorie intake below your daily requirement level. There are no magic calories found in chocolate, ice cream or your favorite cookies that will make you fat overnight. It really is that simple – when you consider losing weight regardless of your overall health, you can actually consume whichever foods you like as long as you’re keeping the calorie deficit permanent. However, this is not a healthy way to lose weight and you may succumb to some diseases as your immunological system is not working right.
Healthy weight loss
There are two elements required for you to lose weight in a healthy manner – proper diet and any kind of aerobic exercise. Your exercise routine depends highly on your current physical condition and overall health, mainly health of your joints and bones. Today we will focus on a simple, cheap yet very healthy diet routine which you can follow to really enhance your weight loss effects.
To begin with, you will need to consume at least 3-4 meals per day, with the breakfast being the most important one. My own personal recommendation would be to purchase a whole lot of whole oats (if you can’t find these, rolled oats should do fine, even though they aren’t as tasty) and cook it in water on low heat for an hour. You can then stash this in your refrigerator and use as the building block for your breakfast – you can put bananas, apples, pears or any other fresh and juicy fruit to start your day. You can also cover it all in Greek yoghurt.
For the second meal of the day, go for some lean meat and vegetables. If you are able to you can also cook a bunch of chicken or turkey breast and put it in some Tupperware, as well as cooked broccoli, cauliflower, carrots so that you have your meals ready for the week.
You can eat the same meal for your third meal if you like or you can change it ups a bit – kidney beans are a great, nutritious alternative.
Fourth meal should consist of protein alone so you can grab some cottage cheese, low fat milk, yoghurt – this meal is especially important if you are working out in the gym. By consuming plenty of protein and fiber throughout the day you won’t feel hungry and will have more than enough nutrients for your body to rejuvenate.
Don’t forget to keep an eye on your calorie intake. It’s next to impossible to come close to surpassing your recommended calorie intake with a diet routine such as the above mentioned, but you also must not go too low with it. Establish a calorie deficit of about 500-1000 calories from your daily requirement – you can calculate this with an online calorie requirement calculator.