Healthy Weight Loss & Dieting Tips: How to Lose Weight
Most people want to be healthy. No surprise there. One of the best ways to make this dream a reality is through having a healthy diet. And, the only way to make that possible is by eating healthy.
What constitutes healthy eating? What exactly is a healthy diet? These are both good questions, and they usually receive one of three different answers:
- Some people will tell you it’s all about your weight. As long as you aren’t eating so little that you are underweight, and you aren’t eating so much that you are overweight… you probably have a healthy diet. Basically, as long as you aren’t too fat or too skinny, you’re golden. Unfortunately, that’s not true.Obviously your weight is a big part of your health, but it’s far from the only part. There are plenty of unhealthy people who are at their body’s ideal weight. Yes, really. There are plenty of people with a great body who can still be as equally unhealthy as someone with a not so great body. Eating an amount that keeps your weight in check is just a small part of a healthy diet. So, it’s not this one.
- Another common thought is that having a healthy diet is all about eating healthy things. As long as you eat lots of fruits and vegetables and get all sorts of vitamins and minerals and eat all kinds of healthy foods, you can consider yourself a healthy eater. Wrong again. Eating healthy foods is definitely of the utmost importance if your goal is to be healthy. But, like your weight, it’s not everything.
- Then there’s the thought that it’s not how much you eat, and it’s not even WHAT you eat. Instead, it’s about what you purposely avoid eating that makes or breaks a healthy diet. As long as you avoid or at least greatly limit how much junk food you eat, or how much of whatever the “evil” nutrient fad of the day is (carbs, fat, whatever), then you are most definitely doing some healthy eating. Sorry, but that’s wrong as well. Just like the other two, limiting your intake of unhealthy food is obviously an important part of having a healthy diet. The only problem is, that alone is still not the answer.
So then, what is the answer? It’s all of the above. Truly eating a healthy diet requires all three. What you DO eat, what you DON’T eat, and the quantity of it all.
To help start you on your way, here are 8 steps to take to ensure that you are indeed eating a healthy diet.
How to Lose Weight Fast – The 8 Major Steps
1.Eat the right number of calories per day.
2.Drink lots of water, and little of everything else.
3.Eat a balanced diet consisting of protein, carbs, and fat.
4.Eat more “good” carbs, and less “bad” carbs.
5.Eat more “good” fat, and less “bad” fat.
Completely cut out anything containing any trans fat. That eliminates most fast food, most pastries, and a whole lot of your every day junk food. At the same time, limit foods high in saturated fat to a certain extent. After that, the majority of your fat intake should come from foods high in “good” fat (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated). This includes nuts and seeds (peanuts, almonds, walnuts, etc.), fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines, etc.), as well as olive oil, flax seed oil, and fish oil supplements.
6.Eat foods high in the Omega-3 fatty acid and/or take a fish oil supplement.
7.Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
8.Don’t eat junk food often (if ever).
This is the one that gets the most disagreements from people, and it’s usually people looking to lose weight. They throw the old “everything is ok to eat as long as it’s done in moderation” line at me. As far as weight loss goes, sure. It is indeed possible to occasionally eat some junk food in moderation and still lose weight (hey, I’m not against cheat meals when used by people who can actually do it properly). However, I’m not saying don’t eat this stuff because it will hinder your weight loss. I’m saying don’t eat junk food because… it’s junk. It contains nothing good and plenty of bad. So, while eating some in moderation may not hurt your weight loss, it may in fact hurt your health. And, being that this is a list of 8 steps to a healthy diet, I’d be just plain stupid if I didn’t tell you to at least greatly limit unhealthy junk food.
So, there’s your 8 steps to eating a healthy diet. I won’t call this the official definitive list of being a healthy eater or anything, but if such a list existed, it would certainly look similar to this. In my personal opinion, if you can read through these 8 steps and say “Yes, I do that” to all 8, then congrats… you have a healthy diet.
If you happen to have some “No, I don’t do that” responses to some of the steps, don’t worry. Just take each step one at a time and gradually work them into your diet. Make it your goal to be able to read through these steps and say “Yes” 8 times.