Balancing my energy needs, when dining out.
The seven secrets of long term weight management
Keep a diary, tracking what you eat and drink and how much exercise you do is the key to understanding your 'energy equation.'
I tend to keep a running tally of calories, 'in my head,' if I am successful managing my weight. If I find I am slipping, I quickly revert to writing everything down to make sure I am not underestimating or not counting anything.
Eat breakfast A good breakfast kick-starts your metabolism and helps curb your mid-morning hunger pangs, making it the most important meal of the day. Many trainers recommend that breakfast should be 400 to 600 calories. I eat, muesli, skim milk, low-fat unsweetened yogurt, fruit and a few almonds on top. It is delicious, and the serving size I have is 400 calories, and that and my skim milk coffee, and mid-morning fruit snack are 600 calories consumed in the morning.
Be active daily Exercising for up to an hour a day is the ultimate way to manage your weight and feel revitalized.
Weigh and measure Weighing in once a week and taking your body measurements monthly will provide you with motivational evidence of your weight loss. I focus on the monthly weight, not the weekly fluctuations.
Limit takeaway Takeaway and fast food can still be enjoyed as part of your weight-loss program but in a controlled, healthy way. I use very little pre-packaged, pre-made food; they are hidden sources of corn syrup and hydrogenated fats which I try to avoid.
Be consistent Being good in the week and bad at weekends is a common eating strategy. However, research shows that consistency is key.
Jump on rebounds Regains are a normal part of weight management, but the secret is to jump on them immediately and go back to basics.
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