How to Lose More Without Eating Less25 September 2017
To lose weight, you need to eat less, right?
This is the road that many people go down when they try to lose weight and it’s the reason why so many diets are doomed to fail.
Eating less means you’ll consume fewer calories but there’s a lot more involved in weight loss than this. It’s these other parts of the equation that make it so difficult to lose weight if you’re significantly restricting your calorie count.
It might sound counterproductive but for most people, the key to losing weight more easily is to eat more food. The important thing is to choose your foods wisely and go for ones that work for weight loss, rather than against it.
Here at Prep Perfect, we’re all about quality, wholesome food that helps you to lose weight and enjoy what you’re eating.
Why Fewer Calories Doesn’t Equal Weight Loss
Eating less than the recommended amount of calories per day can mean that your body can’t do the things it needs to keep you healthy.
It can encourage your body to go into “starvation mode”, which is really bad news from a weight loss perspective. Your metabolism slows down and your body starts to break down lean tissue to use as energy. This can be an even bigger problem if you’re not eating much protein as well.
All of this makes it incredibly hard for your body to burn calories and in most cases, your weight loss will grind to a halt.
The other problem with low calorie diets is that they’re very hard work. If you’re not getting enough calories, you’ll be hungry and lacking in energy.
This paves the way for craving unhealthy foods and making the wrong choices, which can blow your weight loss hopes out of the water.
Chances are, you’ll end up eating a lot more than you would have done if you’d chosen wholesome foods in the first place.
How Much to Eat?
How many calories should you should aim for in the average day?
It’s a bit of a balancing act between eating enough calories to help your body to function at its best and not deplete your muscles while also making sure that you’re in a slight calorie deficit so your body can burn some of its fat stores.
This can be a big challenge if you’re stuck in the mindset that it’s bad to eat carbs and get anywhere near the recommend amount of calories but it’s a shift you need to make for healthy, sustained weight loss.
What to Eat for Weight Loss
It’s a lot less about what the foods you can’t eat and much more about the ones you can eat.
Choosing whole foods that are both nutritious and filling is much more likely to lead to weight loss – and a more sustained version of it to boot.
Protein and carbs are both really important within this, which is why we make them such a big part of our meal plans.
Eating enough calories and getting enough protein helps to prevent your body experiencing both fat loss and muscle loss from occurring at the same time.
Some of the foods that will keep you feeling full are:
- Low calorie foods such as vegetables that can make up a good portion of your meals e.g. sweet potato, broccoli, greens
- Water rich foods that are both hydrating and more filling than you might think e.g. watermelon and cucumber
- High fibre foods (especially at breakfast time)
- Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids to burn more fat and speed up metabolism e.g. salmon
The secret to healthy weight loss is changing the way you think about food and how much you should be eating as part of this. Depriving yourself of calories is actually surefire way to have the opposite effect to what you intended and make it much harder to lose any weight at all. Eating more calories is the goal – especially from healthy and nutrition whole foods that give your body the fuel it needs. It’s definitely a case of looking to eat more to lose weight!