No matter what time of year it is, whether it's New Year's, Spring time, or the fall, it's always a good time to start slimming down. Granted, some seasons are more difficult than others but I think we can all agree that if you are in fact trying to find the best diet to lose weight, than diet is perhaps THE MOST important part of the equation.
Yes, you need the exercise and some good workout buddies to keep you motivated, but diet and most importantly your nutrition plays anywhere from 80-90% of the equation.
There are tons of diets out there to lose weight---ranging from anything to the Cabbage Diet, the Cucumber Diet, the lemon juice diet, the Paleo Diet, the Raw Foods diet, the Chloe Kardashian Diet... Goodness! When will it end?!
Well, I'm afraid I have some bad news for you... as long as people keep struggling with weight loss, the amount of diets out there probably won't ever end!
But since you've been diligent enough to come across my page here at AkersFitness.com and you are serious about finding the best diet to lose weight, let me at help you!
I've been coaching people both online and in person for the past 3 years now and there is nothing greater than a common sense approach to nutrition---no cutting out certain food groups, no counting calories, no totally eliminating "Cheat" or "treat" days... Extreme diets don't work and I'm sure you've probably tried a few in your day, am I right?
Here are some things that you do need to do start losing weight and getting your diet straightened around right now:
#1. Portion control. I teach all of my clients to use a very simple portion control system consisting of using 1 cup (like a measuring cup.. you have some of those in your cupboard, right?) for your veggies and fruits and having 2 servings of those per day. 3/4 cup for your proteins, having 4-5 servings of those per day, 1/2 cup for your carbs/grains and limiting those to 2 per day, 1/4 cup for your fats (avocados, cheeses, etc) and limiting those to 1 per day, and 1/4 cup for your seeds and dressings, again limiting those 1 per day.
Pretty simple so far right? Right.
#2 Make your meals ahead of time. I like to do 2-3 days worth of cooking on Sunday afternoon and then again Weds. night. That way, when Tuesday night comes around and the stress from the hectic first part of the week is getting to me, I don't have to think to hard about dinner---it's already right there in the fridge. Because we all know what happens when stress gets to us and we have to think about what to eat for dinner, right? Yes... Pizza... lasagna... wine... lol!
#3 Have a few go-to meals prepared and in your car. Packets of protein powder or even the Ready to Drink Protein Shakes are good. Protein bars, Quest Bars, Kind Bars, Lara Bars... Those are all great options for those "Damn, I'm hungry and McDonald's is right there..."
#4 Have a list of some go-to meals for when you give in and starting pulling in the McD's driveway. Now, be careful here. Those fast food places are tricky... They play mind tricks on you and do some Harry Potter voo-doo with their menus.
Did you know a lot of restaurants put healthy options on the menu, and just because you consider it and "mull" it over in your mind, you subconsciously give yourself "credit" for considering the healthier option and thus justify your reasoning for Super-sizing your Hamburger, Fry and Diet Coke.
Seriously! They've done studies on this! So don't fall for it. Decide ahead of time what healthy options you are going to get and stick to your guns!
I hope these tips help you in designing your own diet for the best way to lose weight. In fact, since you made it all the way to the end of this blog post, I want to give you a my very own Diet for Weight Loss as a Download totally free. Just click the link, enter in your email, and it'll walk through exactly what you need to do and you'll even get some follow up emails helping you as you go through it day by day, complete with an accountability group on Facebook to keep you motivated.
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See you on the other side!