Healthy Eating for Weight loss: It's All About Balance
There's no magic formula really.
The secret to being able to eat what you want is ... balance.
You have to understand that you can't eat whatever you want, whenever you want. Everything is on the menu but it has to be in moderation.
Yes, takeaways, microwave meals, chocolate, cake and even beer. It's all on the menu. But moderation is the key to losing weight and keeping it off.
I don't mean spending the week having a takeaway for dinner and then drinking 10 cans of beer. That's not what I'd call healthy or a balance. And if you do, then there's something we need to talk about.
I mean, having some chocolate if you fancy it, just don't eat a large bar all to yourself. A couple of squares is fine, but then adjust your meal portions.
If you know you're going out for a meal, or even a night on the tiles, reduce the amount you're eating over the week. It doesn't have to be by much. But a small reduction at every meal, can lead to a large surplus over the week.
Let me give you an example.
If you're eating 1,700 calories a day to lose weight, that equates to 11,900 over the week. If you reduce your calorie intake to 1,600 each day that means you have a difference of 700 calories. That's enough for a few glasses of wine or a pudding when you're out.
I'm not suggesting you do that every week. Again it's all about balance.
Remember, there is more to a healthy lifestyle than eating the right food and exercising more. It's about nurturing your friendships, spending time with your family and having some me time.
They are all essential.