Find out your BMI
The first step to planning a healthy weight loss plan is to work out exactly how much weight you need to lose. The safest way to estimate this is to find out your Body Mass Index (BMI), which you can discover by dividing your weight (in pounds) by your height (in inches). This will give you a clear indication of how much weight you need to lose to reach your ‘ideal’ healthy weight for your height.
Keep a food diary
Once you have a clear idea of how much weight you need to lose, you can look at your current daily food intake and tweak it accordingly. To do this accurately, it is important to keep an honest record of absolutely everything you consume during the day, including drinks.
Just the act of writing things down every time you eat will help make you more aware of the amount you eat during the day and make you think twice about unhealthy snacking. You will also begin to notice patterns in your daily eating habits and may be able to pinpoint weak spots where the extra calories are sneaking in and make changes accordingly. For example, if you find you are always snacking by mid morning, it might be because your breakfast wasn’t filling and nutritious enough.
Eat little and often
Try to eat small, light meals at regular points during your day rather than relying on two big meals to keep you going. Eating regularly keeps your blood sugar level steady, maintains your energy levels and makes you less likely to crave unhealthy sugary snacks. Sipping on water throughout the day will help keep you feeling pleasantly full and energized; in fact, we often mistake symptoms of dehydration for feelings of hunger.
Fill up on fruit and vegetables
You should aim to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day. Not only will eating plenty of fruit and vegetables make sure you get all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy, it’s a great way of controlling appetite. While eating an apple will instantly raise your blood sugar levels, bananas provide slow release energy, making you less likely to experience the slumps in energy that lead to unhealthy snacking.
Planning a healthy eating regime to aid weight loss should not be difficult if you are ready to listen to what your body needs. Supplement your weight loss plan with regular exercise and be prepared to reevaluate your diet regularly to ensure it is working for you.