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How to eat to lose weight

With summer here, everyone wants to lose weight to look and feel a little better in their swimming costume. However, how do you go about losing weight? This article takes a look at your diet to promote weight loss.

Dietary changes

Before you begin any exercise or diet regime, please consult your doctor first. Many people struggle to lose weight because of their diet. They read books like 'Help me lose weight' which, more often than not, point them in the direction of the gym. As much as the gym is an excellent place to help with weight loss, you should always start with your diet first. If your intake of calories exceeds what you need, then no amount of exercise is going to help but healthy diets will. Weight loss tips Tip 1 Start keeping a food diary. This will help you to look back at your intake on a daily basis. You can then see easily which content of your diet is causing all your weight issues. For some people it could be soda, chocolate, alcohol or fried foods. Whatever be the causal factor, the diary will help point it out to you so that you can make a change to your diet. Remove bad foods from your diet. Replace them with a healthy alternative. Instead of chocolate, how about carrot sticks? They are healthy and sweet. Tip 2 Try to get your body fat calculated. Too many people work off their BMI (Body Mass Index) and this isn't the right way forward. The reason for this is that the BMI works on a person's body weight. However, muscles weigh more than fat so as you build muscle, you'll weigh more. Some international athletes would be classified as obese on the BMI scale. Body fat measurement is a far better way to work as you measure the fat in the skin folds of a person to find an overall percentage for the body.

How should my daily diet look?

Everyday, to help with any training you may be doing in a gym, you need to fuel your body. However, any gym work you do should be pre-breakfast. This is because your body's glycogen levels will be higher and help with the burning of fat. Breakfast should consist of purely carbohydrates. This is to help fuel your body after its morning gym session to keep it going through the day. Lunch should be protein and a little carbohydrate-based. Dinner should consist of no-whites carbohydrates and be mainly protein-based. This is to ensure you don't sleep with fuel when you don't need it. Try to stick to the diet and not add anything unhealthy. Good luck!

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