There can be a lot of confusion when it comes to losing weight, and dieting in general. One common misconception, is that you need to eat less in order to lose weight. On the surface, this makes sense. However what it really comes down to is what you eat, and how much of it. Check it out:
Why eating less isn’t always good
As previously mentioned the myth that ‘you need to eat less to lose weight’ is true (To some extent). And by that I mean that it works. If you eat less food, you will consume fewer calories and therefore gain less weight. Although this isn’t the only option. Nor is it the best one. According to the NHS, the average adult male requires at least 2,500 calories a day to function properly. This easily be met by a couple of whole pizzas and a tub of ben and Jerry’s. See where I’m going with this? It’s all about eating the right foods. Not necessarily less food. By consuming less food we are limiting our bodies from important vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients.
The solution isn’t to necessarily eat less food, but to consume the ‘right foods’ in order to give our bodies exactly what it needs, whilst meeting our daily calories.
Eating the ‘right’ foods
Okay, so let’s assume you have 4 meals a day. One in the morning, two in the afternoon, and one in the evening. Now let’s assume that you’re eating unhealthy foods with lots of saturated fats, and carbs. You could easily exceed 3,500 calories within those 4 meals. Of course you’re going to put on the pounds.
Now let’s look at the flip side, you still have 4 meals a day, however this time, you have healthy foods, such as chicken, vegetables, fish, and maybe some pasta. Now instead of consuming 3,500+ calories, you’re consuming 2,300 – 2,600. Much better! (And healthier). In addition you’re still consuming 4 meals , spread across the day to satisfy your hunger. Simple right? Although, I wouldn’t worry about counting your calories too much. Being healthy shouldn’t be so complicated! Instead, just focus on consuming all the right foods.
In conclusion you do not need to eat less in order to lose weight, and/or improve your diet. Instead you just need to replace your current diet with healthier foods. This is easily achievable through healthy fats such as fish and avocados, proteins such as chicken and other meats, as well as carbohydrates such as, small amounts of pasta, and potatoes (Not chips!). Stuck for ideas? Start your day right with these healthy breakfasts.