Many women lose weight successfully but then unfortunately gain much of the weight back. Losing and gaining weight is not healthy for anyone, which is why it is important to learn how to maintain a healthy weight.
It starts with understanding a little bit about how your body metabolizes calories into energy. It’s important to consume enough calories so that your body can function properly but you will need to pay attention to how much you are eating versus the amount of calories that you are burning. In other words, if you are very active you may need to consume more than someone who is sedentary. Of course, other factors such as height and bone structure need to be taken into consideration too.
I have found that the best way to control your weight through diet is to eat healthy meals throughout the day. Five to six small meals, rather than the traditional three large meals per day, will keep you from overeating and will supply you with the energy you need to keep going all day.
If you have a problem with feeling stuffed and bloated after a meal, perhaps the reason is because you are eating too much for your metabolism. However, if you take that same meal and divide it in half, you will still satisfy your hunger without overeating. For example, eat only half of a sandwich at lunch and save the other half to eat two hours later for a snack. This not only prevents that overstuffed feeling but keeps you from snacking on fatty or sugary foods when you get hungry in the afternoon.
You see, a couple of hours after a meal, your blood sugar levels will begin to drop. This will trigger your hunger and you will begin to crave something sweet to give you energy. If instead, you have a snack already available, you can eat something healthy and bring your sugar levels up safely without pigging out on high fructose, or sodium soaked fast foods.
The best way to maintain your weight is to choose healthy foods, low in saturated fat, sodium, sugar and cholesterol. Eat some protein at every meal and eat often. But just don’t allow yourself to overeat. If you’ve just got to have some dessert, share it with a friend or your significant other, or take home a piece of pie or cake to snack on later. When those cravings start up a few hours after the meal, you will be ready to conquer them with smart choices and healthier foods.
~ Karen Ficarelli
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