Institute for weight loss and body contouring in Southern California is a one stop source for medical weight loss and body shaping. We offer a variety of comprehensive solutions to help you lose weight, manage your weight, and create the body both in shape and in health that you have always wanted.
One of the key strategies to creating healthy weight loss is dieting. Dieting doesn’t mean eating only one type of food or starving yourself – that sort of weight loss is unsustainable, unhealthy, and may even slow your metabolism causing you to gain weight quicker. Healthy dieting is about making smart decisions with what you eat and how much you eat.
Tips for Easy Dieting
Institute for weight loss and body contouring provides medical weight loss diet strategies for men and women across Southern California. But there are some strategies that you can also do on your own.
The following are some very easy strategies for helping lower calories in a way that is both sustainable and healthy.
- Make Less Food
Let’s start with the basics: if you’re someone that has a tendency to overeat, make less food. Many people “Graze” and go for seconds, thirds, and even fourths without realizing it because they made a lot of food with the intention of saving it for later. You can cook many of the same meals, but simply eat less of it, and you’ll find that your calorie count drops dramatically.
- Make Incremental Changes
Don’t go straight from hamburgers to salad unless you’re positive you can make the switch. Most people that try to go from completely unhealthy to unquestionably healthy, and although that type of change will be ideal, very few people can do that without some help. You also have to make sure you’re still getting enough calories, and eating only salad may not provide you with those calories.
Make incremental changes, where you cut back on desserts, switch from Frappuccino’s to black coffee, eat 3 slices of pizza instead of five, etc. If you make smaller changes, you’ll still see big results without it feeling as though you’re starving or craving food.
- Supplement with Veggies, etc.
Another strategy that can be very useful is eating a significantly smaller portion of your favorite foods, and supplementing the rest of your meal with very filling, low calorie foods. For example, boiled carrots are both very filling and low calorie, and many people find boiled carrots to be delicious. A huge helping of baby carrots is only about 150 calories, and yet your stomach will be stuffed.
Strawberries are another example. A strawberry is only 4 calories. Rather than eat an additional slice of pizza for 250 calories, you can have 25 strawberries and only eat 100 calories. You save 150 calories, you’ll be fuller, you’ll get more nutrition, and strawberries are delicious. This way you can still eat a small amount of the foods you love, but get fuller on other foods that are still tasty, but more nutritious.
- Eat More Often
If you’re able to monitor how much you eat and control your diet, try eating more often. Studies have shown that those that eat more often during the day tend to have both a faster metabolism, and eat less during bigger meals. You’ll want to eat healthy, with foods like almonds, apples, bananas, and other lower calorie meals, but if you are snacking on these foods during the day you should find that you’re not as hungry.
- Eat Out Less/Eat Less Processed Food
Many people are shocked to learn how much sugar and oil is put into their foods, both of which are very high calorie. Many meals at restaurants are 1000 calories or more to start, with appetizers and other calories that can be thrown in here and there.
Similarly, a single soda has as many as 41 grams of sugar. That is the equivalent of 41 of those little sugar packets they serve with coffee at restaurants (if you’ve ever ordered coffee from a restaurant before, you’ve probably stopped after 2 or 3 sugar packets at most. That’s 3 grams. A Grande Mocha Frappacino at Starbucks has 61 grams of sugar, or 61 of those packets in a single drink). Many foods, like cereal and microwave meals, are also loaded with sugar, and many more are loaded with fat on purpose to improve taste.
Sugar and fat are high calorie, and by adding these to your foods, they are adding a lot of calories in the same exact amount of food. So learn to cook for yourself as much as you can, because even if you cook the same foods for yourself, you’ll likely introduce significantly fewer calories into your diet.
Maintaining a Healthy Diet and Weight
Ideally, you’ll want to maneuver over to a healthy diet of foods that you like. And that is possible – there are also sorts of meals with lentils, beans, light cheese, and more that are genuinely delicious, not nearly as high in calories, and great for sustainable weight control.
Don’t look at a diet as a way of starving yourself, since starving yourself makes it harder to maintain weight. Instead, look at diet as an opportunity to eat great foods and simply cut back on volume, or replace some of that volume with a lower calorie volume. If you are located anywhere near Newport Beach, including Santa Ana, Irvine, Los Angeles, and more, and want to find out more about our medical weight loss diet programs, call us today at 714-912-2863.