Skipping meals is not recommended. In fact, if you skip meals you may find you eat more when you do eat and this may lead to a larger stomach capacity. Studies show that stomach capacity can increase if large individual meals are eaten. This can then increase the amount of food you need at each meal before you feel ‘full’. You do not need to starve yourself if you’re trying to lose weight.
One easy trick if you're a pasta fan is to swap out white pasta for the wonderfully named courgetti (spaghetti made from spiralizing courgette). You’ll hardly notice the difference when you’re eating it, but you’ll be fuller for longer despite consuming fewer calories. When you consume fewer calories, your body can go to your fat reserves for energy, rather than just burning off the food you’ve eaten.
Weight loss is a total-body project—and your brain has to get involved, too. That's what Ashley quickly realized as she struggled to lose the 50 pounds she was hanging onto. "If your mindset is wishy-washy, then your results will reflect that," the now holistic nutrition consultant says. So when the scale stalled during her First Fitness Nutrition's Suddenly SLiM Transformation Detox Program, her mind had to persevere. And no one was more helpful than her own weight loss coach, who let Ashley know "a plateau is actually a good thing—my body was catching up to what I was doing, and it was resetting," she says. It was this mindfulness that led her to success—and a career change.
What's considered a healthy BMI and waist circumference is also influenced by your ethnic background. If you have an ethnic minority background (e.g. Asian, African or Afro-Caribbean), the BMI and waist circumference thresholds for being considered overweight or obese may be lower. This is because your ethnicity can affect your risk of developing certain conditions. The International Diabetes Federation and South Asian Health Foundation are in agreement that men from South Asian and Chinese ethnic groups are at increased risk of type 2 diabetes if waist size is greater than 90 cm. If you have any questions about your BMI or waist circumference, talk to a health professional (e.g. GP or dietitian).
5. Use the "Plate Method" to make a healthy meal. Fill half your plate with low or non-starchy veggies like broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, string beans, mushrooms, peppers, or leafy greens and some fruit. Fill one quarter, with a whole grain like brown rice, barley, bulgur, or quinoa, or a starchy vegetable like corn or potatoes, or beans. Fill the last quarter with protein like broiled, sauteed, roasted, or baked (not fried) fish, chicken or turkey without the skin, lean cuts of meat, tofu or eggs.
So what is obesity, exactly? Obesity is characterized by the accumulation of fat tissue. Some health practitioners define obesity by the amount of fat content of the body. Obesity is usually defined as a body fat content greater than 25% of the total weight for males, or greater than 30% of the total weight for females. The recommended body fat content for men is 15% to 18%; for women, it's 20% to 25%. These percentages vary with age, increasing as we get older.
After seeing the LoseIt! app on a morning talk show, Liz decided it was time to lose weight. Thankfully, her husband joined in. "He too has redefined his norm, eating healthily and regularly exercising," she says. "It's much easier when we're on the bus together going in the same direction." To boost her results, Liz also used the weight loss app to determine her daily caloric intake by entering her height, weight, and gender—and indulging in healthier twists on her favorite snacks. A new favorite: PB2 protein shakes. "I feel like I'm indulging in a milkshake, but I'm filling up my belly with goodness." What's better than that?
Not all fat is bad. Healthy or “good” fats can actually help to control your weight, as well as manage your moods and fight fatigue. Unsaturated fats found in avocados, nuts, seeds, soymilk, tofu, and fatty fish can help fill you up, while adding a little tasty olive oil to a plate of vegetables, for example, can make it easier to eat healthy food and improve the overall quality of your diet.
The first two ingredients in FlatTummy lollipops are cane sugar and brown rice syrup (which is another type of sweetener), so they're basically candy — which should be considered a treat, not something you begrudgingly eat because you want to make sure you don't get hungry. Doing this not only confuses your body's chemical hunger cues, but it could also twist your perception of what you consider an indulgence, and what you see as a health food. You'd be better off eating an actual lollipop if you want something sweet, or eating something with a lot of protein or fiber if you're hungry.
Make sure that everything you're eating is whole — as in nothing processed or packaged. Since salt is a preservative, these are the foods that are highest in sodium — something to keep in mind when planning your meals. Plan on making sure that all items you choose are fresh. That means filling up on fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean protein.
Conversely, the more food in front of you, the more you’ll eat—regardless of how hungry you are. So instead of using regular dinner plates that range these days from 10 to 14 inches (making them look empty if they’re not heaped with food), serve your main course on salad plates (about 7 to 9 inches wide). Instead of 16-ounce glasses and oversized coffee mugs, return to the old days of 8-ounce glasses and 6-ounce coffee cups.