There are plenty of weight loss tips you can find everywhere. However, not all of that info you can find online is always 100% correct, and sometimes it may be difficult to decide what advice to follow since you’ll find contradicting tips. Also, some of the tips you find online might help you lose weight, but not in a way that’s healthy for you.
Diet plays a major role in effectively losing weight, so no one is credible to give weight loss tips than a nutritionist.
So, I’m dedicating this post to giving you advice for effectively losing weight in a healthy way.
10 Nutritionist Tips For Weight Loss
Eat lots of veggies
The key to any healthy diet is eating lots of veggies.
They will help you lose weight, be healthy, they’ll help you get all of the nutrients you need, and will make you feel good throughout the day.
When you’re creating a meal plan, try to include some veggies in every meal if possible. It will help you reach your weight loss goals more quickly.
Veggies are great as a “volume food” – they’re low in calories, so you can eat more of them, and feel full without eating junk food.
Eating healthy isn’t possible without eating veggies, so if you don’t like them, get creative – there are tons of ways to make veggies taste amazing. You can even hide them by blending them into sauces.
This isn’t really a secret tip, but many people don’t realize just how important it is to drink enough water throughout the day.
Drinking one glass per day is definitely not enough.
Studies show that sleeping well can actually lead to weight loss – well, at least it can help you get there.
Sleeping well helps your metabolism and it helps your body digest food better.
So, try to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night if you want an easy way to help your weight loss journey.
Eat healthy snacks
Snacks can be a big reason for weight gain. If we eat them mindlessly, we can eat a huge amount of calories and unhealthy fats without even realizing it.
Sometimes when we’re snacking, we forget that just because we count it as a snack and not a full meal, we’re still eating something unhealthy (if we’re snacking on chips or something similar).
So, when you feel like snacking, try eating some healthy snacks.
Dip fresh veggies in some hummus or cream cheese, drink a smoothie, eat some fruit.
That way, eating snacks will fit into your weight management plan.
Eat your protein
Eating protein is very important for weight loss and for getting in shape.
Eat lean protein every day, lean meats, protein in legumes and veggies, etc.
It will help you get toned.
A lot of exercise doesn’t replace a healthy diet
This is where many people go wrong.
They think physical activity, aka working out, can replace a healthy diet. Basically, they think they can eat whatever they want all the time (junk food, sweets, alcohol, etc.), and by working out they’ll balance it out.
But in reality, you can’t lose weight that way. A healthy diet is key to that. Yes, working out helps, and it’s definitely recommended you do both when trying to lose weight, but a healthy diet is definitely more important, and it’s the one thing you need to do.
You lose weight by being in a calorie deficit. So yes, working out helps with that since you burn calories while doing it, but if you eat junk food all day, you won’t be able to burn that amount of calories by working out.
And, not eating a healthy diet won’t make you healthy either, so you need to eat a balanced, healthy diet both for health and weight loss.
Don’t obsess over the scale
If you want to lose weight in a healthy way (and that’s the only way you should do it), you want to create a sustainable, long-term healthy diet that you can actually stay on.
In order to do that, you need to take it slow, and not stress and obsess over the scale every day, because if you’re losing weight in a healthy way, you won’t see results in 2 days – it will be a process.
Eat a balanced diet
Eating a balanced diet is the key to healthy eating.
You need to eat lean protein, veggies and fruit, healthy fats, healthy carbs – all of that is a part of a balanced diet.
For lean protein you can eat chicken, turkey, salmon, etc.
For healthy fats you can eat avocados, olive oil, nuts and seeds, nut butters, etc.
For veggies and fruits – all of them.
For healthy carbs, you can eat sweet potatoes, whole grains, etc.
Don’t torture yourself
Since your goal should be to develop healthy long-term diet and an overall healthy lifestyle, and not just a one-month diet to lose weight and go back to everything unhealthy, in order to have a sustainable healthy diet, you can’t torture yourself.
What I mean by that is, if you’re craving a pizza one day, eat it.
Eating a cheat meal once in a while won’t do you much harm. In fact, if you don’t “forbid yourself” from eating it, and eat it once in a while when you crave it, it will help you stay on track and be healthy overall.
When you deprive yourself of something you crave, you won’t be able to stay on track – you will even make things worse, because you will end up binge eating.
Instead, have a cheat meal when you feel like it, and eat good and healthy foods the rest of the time.
That’s also a part of a healthy, balanced, sustainable lifestyle.
Think about portion sizes
You should always eat enough in order to feel full.
However, think about portion sizes. If you’re eating something less healthy, you might want to add a salad to it, so you can eat a bit less of the unhealthy thing, and more of the salad.
Also, don’t overeat if you’re feeling full. When we fill up our plate, many of us tend to eat everything on the plate even though they mig
ht have gotten full in the middle of the plate.
Don’t do that. If you have too much on your plate, and you’re full before you finish everything, stop eating and save the rest for later.
People tend to do that especially when eating out, because they don’t want to waste food they paid for. But you can always ask the waiter to pack the food you have left and bring it home with you so you can eat it later or tomorrow.
That way, the portions you’re eating are enough to keep you full and to give you energy, but you won’t be overeating.
You can always eat a bit more of the salad or veggies, they will fill you up, but are healthy and filled with nutrients.