The topic of weight management can vary from person to person. Experts from GeeksHealth.com revealed that some people seek to gain weight, some seek to maintain, while some seek to lose weight. Normally, however, people seek weight loss more often than weight gain.
Weight loss involves many things, ranging from different kinds of physical activities to choose the right kind of food. Calories, being the measure of energy derived from food, play a huge part in whether weight is lost, gained, or maintained. They play a huge part, but then again, they aren’t everything.
Below are some important things to note to make sure that weight management is done healthily and calories are handled wisely:
Calorie A Isn’t Calorie B
Calorie count can measure up the same numerically from one food to another. However, the same number of calories across two very different kinds of food does not mean they are both good or both bad.
Sweets do not offer the same nutrients or otherwise to the body as chicken breast. Processed food does not benefit the body as much as fresh greens and fresh fruits. Healthier food choices like lean proteins, whole grains, plant-based fats, vegetables, and fruits are much safer to consume with more gusto. Remember, anything in excess is bad, but a little more generosity to the self with healthier food choices is generosity, not in vain.
A lot of people resort to self-deprivation and starvation to lose weight, with outlying instances of guilty consumption of high-calorie food. As vital as calories are, however, they do not determine fullness. Some kinds of food are high in calories and yet are not fulfilling, and the opposite is also true.
A good way to lose weight and yet still have a fulfilling meal is by going for healthier food choices, and even combinations of these options, with much fewer calories. High-fiber foods like fruits and vegetables can help in achieving that guiltless satisfaction.
The Other Culprit
Drinks are just as important to take seriously when trying to lose weight as food. Avoiding sodas is a good way to start. Drinking lots of water will help in quenching thirst without consuming a lot of sugar. Boba teas, coffee, frappes, and shakes have a lot of sugar and other ingredients that may contribute to high calories and weight gain.
Portion management is important. Consuming more than what is fulfilling can lead to high-calorie intake, as well as getting more sodium and saturated fat. Managing food portions to just an adequately fulfilling amount can help maintain and, in some instances, lose weight.
Break a Sweat
Being physically active helps in burning off the calories the body has in store. Exercising burns off calories and increases endorphins and bodily chemicals that help in stress relief and pain. Physical activity can be tricky, however, as it is not uncommon to experience hunger afterward. To help navigate that feeling, healthy snacks are a good go-to.
Bananas, apples, oats, or some vegetable sticks can help in mitigating that post-workout hunger without or with much less guilt. The trick is consuming them before a workout. Not only will they serve as batteries for the workout ahead, but they will also help in not overeating following the workout.
A Time for Everything
The Body Mass Index, or BMI, is a measure of a person’s body fat on the basis of the person’s weight and height. Nighttime eating can pose a challenge for people who want to lose weight, as digestion can prevent the body from retiring adequately for the night.
A lot of people who want to lose weight try not to eat at night, although some circumstances do require the body to refuel. According to research, late-night snacks lead to high BMI. Eating low-calorie foods like vegetables and fruits at night is a good way to quench that post-sundown hunger without piling up on too high a calorie count that may not be burned off by exercise.
Beyond the Measurement
Calories, as aforementioned, play a big part in managing weight, but they are not everything. Think “cortisol.” High cortisol levels mean slowed metabolism, as such hormones function for that purpose. These hormones increase as the body’s answer to increased stress and sleeplessness. Also, being sleepless and stressed out can mean being too exhausted to engage in physical activities.
Healthy weight management does not require extreme self-deprivation and physical overworking. It does require a lot of smart changes to food consumption choices and habits. Weight loss, to a reasonable extent, is a desirable goal. However, health must not be compromised in the name of aesthetics. The aforementioned tips should help in achieving healthy weight management.