Good Eating Habits to Lose Weight

Good Eating Habits to Lose Weight

When it comes to matters of weight loss, what you eat and how you eat determines whether you are going to lose weight and keep it off. The little things you do such as lifestyle and diet changes have a great impact.

Still, you don’t necessarily have to starve yourself or to clean out your kitchen discarding foods regarded unsuitable for weight loss. Read on to find tips on how to adopt good eating habits to lose weight.

1) Use Natural Appetite Suppressants

When cravings and hunger pangs come calling, most of us are likely to grab the nearest snack to calm that growling stomach. With this, your calories will just pile up, and no amount of exercise can get them down.

Here is the solution: next time you are tempted to indulge in your favorite but unhealthy snack, consider eating some healthy foods whose natural components will fight the feeling of hunger and keep you full for a longer period. They will send a signal to you brain that your stomach is full so that you will eat less. Examples of such include coffee, high fiber fruits, almonds, ginger root, and avocado.

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2) Drink Enough Water

Although water has no direct effect on weight loss, it supports your weight loss efforts in other ways, all the more reason to always have a bottle full with you.

It boosts the liver’s ability to metabolize body fat. It also leaves you feeling full, so you tend to eat less food, and your calorie intake is significantly reduced, thus speeding up weight loss.

Supplement your water intake by eating water-rich foods. Remember, staying hydrated is an integral part of your weight loss plan, but taking it in excess has dangerous effects such as overworking your kidneys. The recommended amount is 8-10 glasses a day.

3) Eat Small Frequent Meals

If you are reading this, you are probably on a plan to lose weight. How many meals do you take in a day? For most people, the answer is three. However, it may be surprising to you to know that taking up to 6 small meals distributed throughout the day at regular intervals is what you need for your weight loss program to work.

The idea here is to condition your body’s metabolism to work faster and harder, so you end up burning more calories. Also, your body will probably not store fat supplies, and you will also not overeat since the feelings of hunger won’t be intense.

4) Ensure You Take Breakfast

Losing weight is directly affected by the number of calories you consume. For this, one would assume that skipping all those calories in the morning is a great way shed the extra pounds.

Ensure You Take Breakfast

That sounds sensible, but it is wrong. Eating breakfast and a healthy one for that matter is crucial to losing weight because it helps you avoid feeling hungry during the day.

It will also provide the much-needed energy to engage in physical activity, so in the end you burn more calories. Skipping breakfast will only lower your blood sugars and increase your probability of impulse snacking.

5) Eat in Moderation

Take neither too much nor too little food. Just the right amount is all you need for weight loss. To determine the so-called right amount, you need to determine how many calories you need to take in so as to maintain body functions and burn fat.

From there, set a calorie limit for yourself and stick to it. With this, you can even get to enjoy even your favorite meals that are considered ‘bad dieting foods’ because of their fattening ability. (Like that forbidden cookie you are craving!). Also important, avoid going for second helpings after meals when you immediately you feel the need. Just give yourself a few more minutes and the hunger will go away.

6) Include Raw Food in Your Meals

Develop a habit of eating uncooked food as they are useful in weight loss especially on short term basis. Since the foods are living and unrefined, they have fewer calories than cooked food, and that is essential for weight loss.

Include Raw Food in Your Meals

Also, studies carried out indicate that more energy is used in the body to digest raw food than is necessary for digesting cooked food, so you burn more calories in the process. However, it is not advisable to depend solely on a raw food diet as it may not meet all your caloric and nutrition needs.

7) Eat Slowly And Chew Food Thoroughly

When you start eating, your body takes about 20 minutes to register that it is full and relay the same information to the brain. For this reason, eat at a slower pace and take the time to savor the taste of your meal.

Take in small bites while paying attention to what you are chewing. The result is that you will consume lower calories, and this is the ultimate goal of anyone trying to lose weight. Taking a sip of water after every bite of food you swallow is a good way to buy more time and slow the eating process.

8) Have a Designated Place in The House For Meals

Here again, the primary aim is to reduce calorie intake. When you set a particular area meant for eating, you will make sure that all other parts of your house are not an eating zone. It will prevent you from comfort eating when doing passive activities like watching the TV.

After serving meals, remove any extra food from the table or the eating area. The purpose of this is to keep you from reaching for more food when your plate is empty. Avoid distractions during mealtimes as this minimizes your tendency to binge.

Good Eating Habits to Lose Weight

Now that you know what adjustments to make, keep in mind that lost weight can quickly be regained. Therefore, when you start practicing good eating habits to lose weight, ensure it is a continuous process. In that way, you will escape a never-ending cycle of losing weight and regaining it over and over again.

Such weight fluctuations expose you to health risks so when you achieve a healthy weight, strive to maintain it for life. For all your weight loss endeavors, best of luck!

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41 thoughts on “Good Eating Habits to Lose Weight

  1. I totally agree with your philosophies. I love your theme and presentation. I truly believe that in order for one to lose weight, they have to make a life style change. They didn’t get heavy overnight so, they are not going to get thin overnight either. These fad diets simply don’t work. Proper diet and exercise ids the only way to go.

    1. Yes, once you’ve got the lifestyle changed and the mindset in place your chances of success will always be higher. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your opinion marnialward, hope to see you again soon 🙂

  2. Hi!
    I think you summed it up in three words: “Good eating habits.”
    I have lost 20 pounds and plan on taking off 25 more and I have done it basically by following what you have written here.
    It does work, but you have to be consistent.
    What are your views on sugar?

    Shawn>>

    1. Hi Shawn – congratulations on the awesome weight loss! 20 pounds is pretty good going so stick at it mate 🙂
      Sugar is the enemy, period – there’s no real way around it. If you consume high amounts of it you are going to struggle to reach your target weight.

  3. Hi Chris

    Your advice sounds just like what I spout to my children about eating well, and maintaining healthy eating habits. Rather than have to worry about losing the weight, my idea is to educate so that it does not occur…optimum health being the goal. Not always so easy though!!!

    You have given a very thorough overview of many aspects which are very important when it comes to eating. I think society and the media have a lot to answer for when it comes to all the crazy fad diets that get promoted, in which people end up starving, and right back to poor eating habits.

    Thank you for sharing, it is valuable information that really needs to saturate the market and overcome the ridiculous ideas that are out there about eating.

    Regards
    Cindy

    1. Hi Cindy,
      It’s a very good idea to drill these principals into them when they’re young – get them on the right track as soon as possible. There’s nothing wrong with treats every now and again but they should be aware of the benefits of healthy food. Well done! 🙂

  4. The tips that you mention are all things that I need to do. Trying to live a healthy lifestyle is good and takes hardwork. Its not good to be think about fast food ever time you are hungry or rush eating food. We need to be able to control ourselves so that we can have a healthy lifestyle. Thanks for tips and keep up the good work.

  5. Hey Chris,
    The truth is that when I’m hungry and it’s not lunch regular time, what I eat a handful of nuts or fruit like apple or banana; although I’m not very coffee lover strikes me that serves to appease your appetite. Thank you very much for the 8 tips, all very valuable and not very difficult to meet. Thank you also for the opportunity to get the system of Wesley Virgin.
    Cheers
    renan

  6. Great article, thanks for sharing.
    I was so happy when you pointed out that coffee is a natural appetite suppressant…..that’s definitely what I use it for! And of course to kickstart the brain in the morning…
    The water point, too, hits home. I often forget to drink enough water, but must make sure I do.
    It’s great to see good advice, instead of fad diet tips that tend to fill up the internet.
    Thanks for the useful information!
    Chloe

  7. Thanks for the tips. Some time it gets so hard to stay on track. I’m glad you were able to reinforce the things that we all should know. the break down was great, and i totally forgot about adding more raw foods to my diet.

  8. Hi Chris,

    There is a lot of good advice in this article and that’s always good to see.
    It’s sad when people continue to go for “quick fixes” but waste years trying these one after the other when a proper lifestyle change would have enabled them a better quality of life.
    It seems you have some more info though and i am curious about this “Fat Diminish-er” can you tell me more?

    1. I agree Alison – can you imagine the amount of money these people spend on fads from one month to the next? Shocking! The Fat Diminisher is an awesome system – if you want to find out more about it simply click the link on the page above and it will take you to our review on it! 🙂

  9. Hi Chris

    Interesting article on good eating habits to lose weight.

    I don’t actually need to lose weight but I do try maintain healthy eating habits.

    Although I don’t follow all the things that you suggest For example, I have never been able to face breakfast. I just don’t feel hungry in the morning. The thought of cereal or anything like that at 8am or even earlier just turns my stomach. I do have about three cups of coffee though!!

    However, during the rest of the day I eat well. I am not that keen on fruit as it can look lovely but be sour. Also, when it is cold, I don’t eat it either as I need warm food!!

    I do eat lots of vegetables which is just as good I hope. And when fruit is in season, I eat it then.

    Anyway thanks for your tips. I will bear them in mind – not to lose weight but to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
    Regards
    Lucinda

  10. Great tips on how to lose weight. I think the hardest thing is following this diet plan consistently and having a strong will. I know many people that followed such a plan for some time and then started consuming food in large quantities. BTW, what about eating delights? Can I eat it and if yes, how much and how often to not break my lose weight plan?

    1. Hi Rufat,

      I’m a little confused about what you mean by ‘eating delights’? Do you mean a few treats here and there? If so that’s fine – everything in moderation to reward yourself every now and again! 🙂

  11. Chris, I read several of the articles. I also read the brief summary about yourself. I also am interested in a healthy lifestyle. In my later years I started to develop some chronic health issues. Through “healthy” eating and exercise, I have significantly improved or eliminated my issues.

    The articles are well written. The article on “Are Dates Good for Cholesterol, I found very interesting. I did not know this fact about dates. I currently take crestor daily-I am going to try this date “therapy” and see if my cholesterol level improves. I will let you know.

    Your article, “How to Lose Weight With Baking Soda” was interesting. I’ve never heard of this concept. Before adapting to a healthier lifestyle, I took baking soda almost daily to relieve indigestion. Now, I no longer suffer acid indigestion.

    Your site is well organized. For example, under the category of Food, I found so many articles related to food. I read the article about peanuts. Very interesting. I never thought of them as a weight loss aid due to the high caloric density. But as the article “says”, they are a great food item. Very healthy in moderation. I enjoy chunky “natural” (peanuts and salt only) peanut butter. A great snack with a glass of ice cold skim milk.

    I really could not find any negative aspects regarding your site. Good luck.

    1. Well thanks you Louis! 🙂

      I don’t really know what to say? I wasn’t really looking for a website rating but thank you for offering a positive one anyway! Glad you enjoyed your visit.

  12. How critical is the six smaller meals when you are not hungry? Should you eat only when you are hungry or eat the 6 smaller meals regardless of whether you are hungry or not.

    I am not usually hungry until 9:30 -10 am, so by the time I finish eating my breakfast I cannot eat again at lunch. Typically I eat 4 small meals. 10, 2, 4, 7

    I appreciate your input. Pat

    1. If you are not hungry Pat you are probably eating enough – this is only a guide! Don’t stuff yourself with food if you already feel full, the trick here is to eat smaller meals frequently to avoid hunger.

  13. I really enjoy reading articles on eating habits and what is a healthy way to eat. I seem to always learn something new. I struggle with eating breakfast in the morning cause is is so early, but seems I have to put in some more effort. Also I never knew too much water could be a bad thing.
    Thanks for the great read and information.

  14. Wow. I just gotta say, your site is so intelligent! Genius actually! A lot of it makes sense. I definitely make mistakes especially with number 8 and that’s so true! If there’s food on the table, I will take a bite out of it. And then I eventually want to eat more of it or ultimately all of it! Huge mistake here 🙁 Now if I can just stop opening the fridge for nothing…..I’m gonna save this site for better decision making. Thanks for creating this!!!

  15. I noticed that you included raw foods in one of your good eating habits to lose weight. I am also a believer in raw foods because if you start to treat them with heat, you will lose all of the natural enzymes that comes with it.

    You also destroy some of the vitamins that are important for the body. This was really a great read and thanks for that.

    1. Glad you agree with our article’s content Viljoen, I agree with you on the ‘heating’ side of things – always lose some of the goodness! 🙂

  16. These are some great tips! Most of them I’ve heard before but there were a couple new ones that I really liked. I loved the idea of having a designated place in the house that is for eating. Everywhere else should be food free. I tell my kids that, now I just need to do it myself as well. I’ve also heard before that you should eat slowly but never heard that one reason for this is because your body takes a little bit to realize it’s full and if you keep eating quickly you’ll inevitably eat more than you need to.

  17. These are some very solid tips to solving bad eating habit in general. I do believe a balanced diet could change you life. On thing that has helped me with sugar or sweet cravings has been to add a little of my flavored pre-workout to water. It just tastes better.

  18. Perfect post for me to come across right now. I;ve been trying to shed some weight now that summer will be approaching soon.

    I’ve adopted some of the strategies you’re talking about here esp the having breakfast and drinking more water.

    I start my day with 2 big cups of water then have a healthy, high protein breakfast.

    One I need to work on is “eating slowly” since I was young I remember my parents telling me to slow down.

    I guess I never learned! haha

  19. I think another thing you can include in your list is try not to eat out. I think I gained weight the fastest when I was lazy going out for grocery shopping and eating at home. It’s easy to just go to restaurants and eat high calorie food. But once I started to eat more at home, I started shedding a lot easily. If I do want to eat out once awhile I try to avoid fast food but choose restaurants that sell low calorie food such as Vietnamese noodles type of restaurant.

  20. Ive also written an article about eating habits and losing weight. This is the first thing that must happen in order to be successful. Without eating habits there will be no long term result. A thing like a diet does not exist. The classic ‘its a lifestyle’ sure is true. It has to become a lifestyle and that is only achieved through changing eating habits

  21. Well well I say! I am in the natural weight loss niche so I was really REALLY interested in good eating habits to lose weight and what it was that you had to say. The first thing that I was hit with when I opened the page was how well laid out it was and I instantly knew that I was going to enjoy reading it. Haha you say all of the things I say and I hope you were like me and learned a lot of stuff as you were researching it too. Great stuff keep it up your readers will love it I’m sure 🙂

  22. Hey bro,

    Your article just keep getting better and better, which is pleasantly surprising. This article has some great content that I definitely practice in my own life, even before I read it. But it’s good to know your information is accurate this time. The sky is the limit for you, my friend.

    Lucas

  23. Hello!

    Your post is very accurate. Especially about drinking enough water which is something I neglect heavily. A lot of people do as well, I think. it’s easy to substitute water with so many other horrible drinks out there that are filled with sugar. And also, eating slower is a big one when it comes to getting full faster. I love eating fast and I need to learn how to slow that down.

  24. That’s a great list of ideas! 🙂 I really like no.1 about using natural appetite suppressants in the form of fruits and nuts. I am a bit wary about consuming raw food though becuase I tend to get bloaty after too much salad. I suppose in this case, going for veggie juices would be better? Thanks for sharing this info!

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