To lose weight effectively, the most scientific way is non other than calorie deficit. By ensuring the shortage in amount of our consumed calories relative to the daily required amount of calories to maintain the current weight, your body will consume the stored fat in your body and slowly you will lose the excess weight. In order to lose one pound of weight, you will need to create an energy deficit of at least 3500 calories weekly. Anyhow, many of the dieters are having misconceptions when cutting down calories from their meals. Here we should check through whether we are doing right with our dieting plan:
1. Don’t compare
Nobody is the same. Some people might be genetically superior, where they can stay slim easily; some might be having strenuous exercise every day; maybe some are on slimming drugs. How can you compare your own progress to others while your lifestyle might be totally different from the people you are compared to?
Be PATIENT. Give it some time on the plan you are trying. Focus on your own pace but not others.
2. Don’t guess
Overeating tends to happen when you are just taking wild guesses to your consumed calories. This is because most of the time we might underestimate our food portions. For example, 3 slices of pizza might contain more than 1,000 calories, which can makes you exceeding your daily limit easily.
Invest yourself a portion measuring device to include the correct amount of each food into your diet.
3. Don’t depend on a single parameter to track your fitness progress
When your weight is not going down, this does not means that you are not progressing. Do not let the figure of your body weight to define your hard work in achieving fitness.
Include other parameters like circumference measurements, body fat percentage, before and after photos, even your clothes fitting can be the ruler for your progress!
4. Do put a limit on your drinks
Liquid calories are the most easily-overlooked calorie intake– no matter in juice, soda or alcohol form. Remember to compensate for the liquid calories that you have ingested. Try to replace your favourite drinks with plain water and you might see faster result in your fitness progress!
5. Do set small goals
Losing 20 kg in one year might seem difficult, but how about cutting down 1kg twice a weeks?Sounds achievable, right? Breaking your ultimate goal to several small targets will let yourself to have a feeling of constantly achieving so that you can reach your ideal fitness state!
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