When strongly considering going on a diet plan or figuring out the best way to lose weight, seeing where your body is at now is a good place to start. Once you have calculated your BMI, or body mass index, you’ll know if your weight falls under the normal range, you are overweight, or you are under the normal range. Then you can make adjustments to your diet and/or exercise regimen accordingly. It’s never too late to start. If you find yourself indeed in the overweight range, that is nothing to worry about. For starters, to lose weight, you’ve gotta eat fewer calories than your body uses. However, it is not healthy to simply stop eating and eat less and less day by day like you are preparing for a fashion show in Paris or Milan. The trick is to eat a balanced diet so that your body does not feel tempted to store the extra calories as fat. One way to accomplish this is to figure out how often you should eat. You may or may not have to adjust your schedule for this, but it will be worth the change if you do. Most people eat three meals a day. Some like to skip meals such as breakfast or lunch. They feel that they don’t have time for breakfast or lunch at times and so end up scrapping it altogether. Many like to fit in at least one snack a day as well.
Here’s the deal though. Each meal should be about the same size and low in fat as well. You’ll want to aim for one to two cups of fruits and vegetables, two to three ounces of whole grains and one to two ounces of meat. Now if you don’t like this setup, there is another one you can try. If three meals a day doesn’t work that well for you, try five to six smaller meals throughout the day, separated by two to three hours. You can do it however you want, but if you’re gonna opt for more meals during the day, opt for less calories and fat as well. It is strongly recommended that you do eat breakfast and don’t skip meals. Skipping meals can make you feel way too hungry later, and you’ll be tempted to overeat at your next meal. It’ll take about a month of eating a regular breakfast, lunch, and light dinner every day before your body adjusts to this new change. And when it adjusts, you have the diet part down pat!