When it comes to weight loss, your diet is the most important aspect.
Even though exercise is important, you will find that if your diet is not right you will struggle to achieve your weight loss goals.
So is your diet up to scratch? Will it help you reach your weight loss goals? Lets discover whether it will or not.
How much weight do you want to lose?
Before you even begin to lose weight you need to decide upon your final weight loss goal.
If it is a high number then it will be a good idea for you to break the goal into smaller more achievable ones.
The reason for this is to keep your motivation high, nothing is more disheartening than looking at the scales and realising you have lots more weight to lose.
How many calories do you need?
Your suggested calorie intake will be different from other people you know.
You may weigh more to begin, or less, or perhaps are more active. There are so many factors involved so I would suggest using an online calculator to work out how many calories you need to remain your current size.
Once you know this number you can then think about cutting 300-500 calories from it to help speed along your weight loss efforts.
Always keep a food diary though, and try not to estimate. You should try to be as accurate as possible so that you can look back at this diary to see if any changes are required.
Do you listen to your bodies hunger signals?
Whatever your diet, you still will need to pay attention to your own hunger signals.
If you allow yourself to remain hungry, then chances are you will overeat at your next opportunity to eat.
You must never create an unhealthy relationship with food. After-all you need food to stay healthy.
Is your diet healthy?
If your diet does not contain a healthy combination of carbs, proteins, fibre and even fat then chances are it is not as healthy as it should be.
There are various diets that promote the banning of entire food groups but I would not recommend looking at diets like this.
For a healthy body you need this variety of different foods and nutrients.
Don’t forget the exercise
Even though we have stated that diet is the most important aspect of any weight loss attempt, this is not to say that exercise won’t have an impact.
Exercise will burn calories, but its main benefit is that it will help keep you fit and healthy, which is after-all what you are ultimately aiming for.