eating to lose weight

Can You Eat To Diet?

For some, this is more difficult to comprehend. But changing your eating habits in simple ways really can help you lose weight and maintain a healthy diet.

It's so simple - a change in your eating habits to bring about a change in your weight through managing the amount and type of food you eat.

What To Look Out For

When specifically eating to lose weight and to diet, there are risks involved and they include:

  • Consuming too little food to provide your body with the calories/energy it requires
  • You may end up dehydrated
  • You could get food intolerances
  • Or you end up eating foods with hidden calories

Are There Foods To Avoid?

Absolutely. Important things to remember when you're eating to diet are:

  • You should avoid drinking coffee
  • Increase the amount of protein that you eat as this may help raise your metabolism
  • Replace fatty foods with foods which contain healthy fats
  • Be aware of hidden sugars in food
  • Reduce the amount of low-fat foods that you intake (often salt or sugar added to compensate)

Any Difficulties?

Eating to diet can have its difficulties.

Dehydration is a major issue and one that is often overlooked by most people trying to lose weight.

It apparently takes a hydrated body eight hours to digest food and someone that is dehydrated up to twenty four hours! This accelerates weight gain.

Urine is a key indicator of this as clear urine indicates good levels of hydration whereas dark urine signifies dehydration.

Can You Gain Weight?

Weight gain is also a common reaction to food intolerances. Although they can cause health issues, they can also go undetected for long periods of time so it is important to establish whether or not you have any food intolerances by consulting your doctor or nutritionist.

If you do not eat a substantial breakfast, about an hour after waking up, then your blood sugar levels will drop and you may be inclined to eat snacks that are full of calories.

Look Out For

Many processed or refined foods contain hidden sugar and fat. Such foods include pre-packaged meals, sugary drinks, cereals, and healthy' snack bars. It is also much better for your body's metabolism to eat more often during the day than just eating a few large meals per day.

Eating fibre is important too as it helps with feelings of satiety and can reduce your hunger cravings between meals.

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