If you are going to get the best results in terms of fitness, it is vital that your nutrition aligns with your training. That is especially the case when it comes to achieving sustainable long term weight loss. Let’s drill down on how to eat to achieve that goal.
In terms of how much weight you should be losing each week, every individual is different so there is no one stock answer. However, the key to long term success is gradual weight loss. The worst thing you can do is to flip around between the latest fad diets. However, if a plan like keto is working for you, then stick with it. If you find that a combination of a balanced diet and intermittent fasting (starting your eating later in the day) is getting you the results you want, then stay with that.
The key is to find what works for you and is sustainable and then sticking with that. Whatever plan you follow, you should not feel as if you are in a dieting phase or otherwise depriving yourself. It should, rather, become a part of your regular lifestyle. To achieve this, you should gradually adopt new habits of nutrition and exercise so that it feels like second nature to follow those habits.
Despite what all the marketing tells us, there is no magic pill for fat loss. The real key to fat loss is to adopt the underlying principle, which is to establish a caloric deficit. When you are in a calorie deficit, you will lose weight, regardless of what else you do.
However, you won’t start seeing results for a few weeks. That means that you have to be patient, especially in the early days. Avoid the temptation to jump on the scales every day/week, feel it in your clothing and the new found energy you have.
Take it slowly, introduce new habits that work for you and maintain your workout consistency. The longer you do this, the better results you will get. Don’t allow yourself to latch onto the excuse that you don’t have time to make healthy meals or you’re adjusting to eating like everyone else in the family. Those excuses don’t cut it anymore, not with all the healthy meal options available these days.