Reaching your ideal weight is only attainable if you eat well and live an active life. To do so, you must eat well and enough to keep your body healthy and running at its maximum level. You must have plenty of energy to keep yourself able to exercise and keep yourself full enough so that you feel satisfied and unwilling to indulge in something that ruins your diet. Stick with a smart, healthy diet and watch the pounds disappear before you.
Weigh yourself and determine your height using a yardstick. Estimate the amount of exercise or activity you participate in each day. Use those to calculate your ideal calorie intake on a nutritional calculator, such as the one offered on the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center website. This will tell you how many calories you should eat in a day.
Write a menu that details what you plan to eat for the next week, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Don’t forget drinks. Use a calorie counter on a website or look on the side of the packaging to see how many calories are in each food. Make sure the full menu of each day includes the number of calories.
Keep your meals diverse. Include fiber-filled carbohydrates, vegetables, fruits, dairy and proteins. Don’t limit yourself to one food group or exclude any one food type. Your body needs each to keep your energy up and to function properly.
Plan a healthy treat or dessert in a small portion into your diet. This will keep your eating on track, satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you from feeling guilty. Eat a brownie full of fiber or a piece of cake with few LDLs or bad cholesterol, so you can feel good even about your treats.