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When it comes to nutrition, diet and weight loss nutritionists know best! Attempting to lose weight in a way that does not pay careful attention to your body’s nutritional needs can be very bad for your health – and even dangerous. So, if you want to lose some weight, it is a very good idea to listen closely to what nutritionists themselves have to say. To make things easy for you, we have distilled a wealth of nutritional advice into these eight handy 8 Weight-Loss Secrets Only Nutritionists Know. You can start applying all of these simple and effective tips today, so what are you waiting for? Read on to find out all about how to revolutionise your diet.
1. PRIORITIZE WEIGHT LOSS AND HEALTHY EATING
Weight loss is not something that will just ‘happen’ – you need to make it a priority in your life. Make time in your schedule for healthy cooking and gym visits, or for jogs with a friend. Too many people tell their nutritionist that they ‘didn’t have time’ to cook a healthy meal and so opted for a calorie laden take out instead, or that they had to skip the gym for the last couple of weeks as they had ‘too much to do’. Ask any nutritionist and they will tell you that the key to a healthy life style is good planning and the willingness to take time to care for your health. And why not make more time for healthy activities? It will definitely pay off!
2. GET MOTIVATED
Nutritionists state that they can tell if a client is truly motivated to make the changes necessary in their life to live more healthy (and when they have a client like this, they are more likely to give them helpful and practical tips than if they are faced with an unmotivated client who is less likely to take their advice). So, whether you are seeking the aid of a nutritionist or not, it is important to be truly motivated to lose weight.
3. IT IS CRUCIAL TO BE HONEST
We can all tell lies to our nutritionist about how healthily we eat, but we also pervasively tell lies to our own selves. For instance, we might tell ourselves that we were super healthy today because we ate a salad for lunch. However, that salad may have been loaded with cheese, oil drenched bread, fatty meats and creamy dressing. What is more, perhaps we ate all of that cheese, bread, meat and cream and only picked at the salad leaves beneath. Yet, we tell ourselves, we have had a healthy salad for lunch! Stay honest with yourself, and weight loss will become much much easier.
4. UNDERSTAND HOW MUSCLE WORKS
Muscle weighs more than fat. So, if you do muscle building exercises, you may find that you are actually gaining weight. But, in this context, it is an indication of something good – a positive change in your body as you become stronger and more muscular – rather than that you need to diet more or that you are ‘failing’ in your healthy eating or weight loss goals. Couple healthy amounts of exercise with healthy eating and you are sure to stay at the healthiest weight for you.
5. DON’T LEAVE ITEMS OUT OF YOUR FOOD JOURNAL
Whether you are showing your nutritionist your food journal or not, it is crucial to be scrupulously honest with every entry. Do not leave off foods you feel ‘guilty’ about as this will just skew your final results. Why try and fool yourself (and your nutritionist) when accurate data collection could be immensely helpful to you? So get those meals, ingredients and meal timings all correctly entered into that journal!
6. FOOD IS BETTER THAN SUPPLEMENTS
These days, many people take endless supplements to attempt to lose weight. As a rule of thumb, though, nutritionists advise that rather than taking nutrients in supplement form, it is always far healthier to consume the foods that actually contain those nutrients. Supplements should only be your very last resort if you are experiencing a serious deficiency, and even then you can usually find a nutritious food that will address your deficiency quickly and effectively.
7. STOP WORRYING ABOUT THE NUMBER YOU SEE ON THOSE BATHROOM SCALES
Think of your weight as just a number. That number on the scale is less relevant to your weight loss journey than how energetic, healthy and vibrant you feel. Lots of muscle building exercise can lead the number on the scale to go up, for instance, whilst in actual fact you feel more strong, more energetic and more healthy than ever before. So stop judging your health by that number and stop obsessing over a few pounds – all nutritionists know that this is not the most important factor in weight loss by any stretch of the imagination.
8. WEIGHT LOSS IS NOT ALWAYS EASY
If you are finding weight loss hard, then that is totally normal and natural. Many of us have emotional and psychological obstacles that we need to overcome before we can create the ideal weight loss regime for us. Many of us have issues staying motivated or understanding the basics of nutrition, particularly when we are just starting out on our weight loss journey. Acknowledging the fact that this process is a hard one is, in fact, half of the battle. Remember, a successful healthy eater will always be honest with themselves about the challenges and pitfalls they are facing and about both their successes and their mistakes.