People trying to lose weight often have a ton of questions. To be brutally honest, if they stopped talking and asking… and instead focused more on moving more and eating less, most of their fat will come off.
However, that being said, this article will answer some of the most common questions just so that you’re better informed and don’t make too many mistakes. Do note though… Knowledge will not make you lose weight. Exercise and a healthy diet will. Only do what truly matters.
1. Will eating slowly help me lose weight?
No. You could eat slowly but eat a lot. You may have read that eating slowly will result in you feeling full before you have completed your meal. So, you will end up eating less.
This is often not true since many people are mentally conditioned to finish whatever is put on their plate. So, they’ll carry on eating despite feeling satiated. So, they’ve not eaten less but just wasted more time.
2. How do I stop my food cravings?
We must be honest with ourselves here. We’ve made eating badly a habit. Food cravings are a symptom of a bad habit. The cravings will take time to go away.
Have a well-balanced diet so that your body gets all the nutrients it needs. When you have bad cravings for something sweet, eat some fruit. If you really must eat chocolate, get dark chocolate that’s healthier.
Slowly but surely discipline yourself. Don’t try and cut all your favourite foods off at one shot. Slowly reduce consumption of them and little by little you will wean yourself off these foods.
3. Is it safe to restrict my carb intake?
A healthy diet does not restrict carb intake. You should be more concerned about where you are getting your carbs from. Is it from healthy sources like oatmeal, vegetables, etc.? Or are you eating white bread, junk food, etc.?
What really matters is the carb source. However, when you are trying to lose weight, ideally you should restrict your carbs so that you can lose the excess fat. Once you have reached your ideal weight, slowly you can increase your carbs till you find the sweet spot where the carbs won’t lead to weight gain.
4. I’ve reduced my calories but I’m not losing weight… Why?
Most probably you have reduced your calories too drastically. Aim for only a 500 calorie deficit. If you have hit a plateau where you are not losing weight, go on a calorie surplus diet of about 500 calories for 5 days. Yes, you may gain a little weight.
This will shock your body and boost your metabolic rate. Then go back on a calorie deficit of only 500 calories a day. Sometimes you have to take a few steps back before going forward again. This is one of those times.
5. Will eating at night make me fat?
No. Weight gain is a matter of calories. If you exceed your daily caloric intake, you will gain weight. It really does not matter when you eat as long as you’re on a caloric deficit.
These 5 questions are some of the most common ones. Now you know the answers to these questions and you know that what really matters is you taking action. Put on the workout attire and go sweat. When you’re done, eat right. That’s really all you need to do.