Weight loss is all about the calories you eat and burn. At the end of the day, the resulting deficit will decide the success of your weight loss plan. However, there is a lot more to weight loss than just counting calories. The types of calories you consume play a large part in weight gain and loss. If you eat 200 calories’ worth of vegetables, you will feel fuller and stay that way for a long while. However, if you eat 200 calories of ice cream, you will feel hungry again after half an hour or less.
But giving up foods is easier said than done. It is hard and takes a real commitment to make healthy choices. If you have decided to start on a path toward healthy eating, however, you are in luck because we are going to discuss the hardest foods to give up and how to go about giving them up.
You probably wouldn’t believe us if we told you about all of the so-called “healthy” foods that are major sources of sugar. These days, many foods have sugar added to them in order to enhance the taste. Canned vegetables, sauces, yogurts, meats, and almost all snacks and restaurant foods have it. Giving up sugar cold-turkey would be making a big mistake. The only way to give up sugar is to go step by step.
First of all, you should give up soda and all sweet beverages. However, when it comes to the hardest foods to give up, the key is to reduce your intake gradually till it is almost zero. If you drink two glasses of soda daily, decrease it to one and a half for a week and then gradually continue reducing it every other week. By reducing it at once, you would feel deprived and end up bingeing.
Salty and fried foods are on the same level as sugar: they are not easy to give up. When the craving hits, if you feel like biting into freshly fried chicken strips coated with a crumb mixture, there is little that you can do to stop yourself. A wiser option is to reduce your portion size. If you have to indulge in salty and fried food, get only half of what you usually eat.
When you have a sugary or salty treat, set it out on a plate. Abandon everything else so there is nothing to distract you from the meal. Don’t use your laptop; don’t watch television; and don’t even think of talking to anyone while eating. Simply put it on a plate, take a bite, and chew slowly, savoring every tiny morsel. Take small bites and stay focused on them until you feel satiated. Soon enough you will find that little food is required to satisfy you.
The journey will not be easy, and no worthwhile journey is. However, always remember why you are losing weight when you are confronting the hardest foods to give up. This will make it considerably easier for you to give them up.