Fitness Chef Blog – Healthy Eating & Weight Loss
People talk about losing weight for a multitude of reasons — they want a ‘summer bod,’ they want to look good for a wedding or event, the list goes on and on! The truth is healthy weight loss isn’t a quick fix, diet, or program. It’s an ongoing lifestyle that includes making changes to your daily eating and exercise habits.
There are a plethora of benefits for losing weight or maintaining a healthy one. Having lowered blood pressure, improved cholesterol levels, and a decreased risk of diabetes, heart disease, or stroke are just a few of the ways your health can improve. If you’re looking for specialized meal plans, we will have in-house nutritionist who can customize a menu based on your needs.
Studies have shown that roughly 75% of weight loss is related to diet while the other quarter is due to exercise. So what should your plate look like? According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020, a healthy eating plan includes:
- Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
- Selecting a variety of proteins to improve your nutrient intake. Think lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts.
- Choosing low-fat and fat-free dairy options.
- Eating and drinking less sodium, saturated fats, and added sugars.
- Staying within your daily calorie needs.
This being said, healthy eating is all about balance! You can still enjoy your favorite comfort foods, but the key is to only eat them on occasion. Even look for lower-calorie versions of your favorite meals by using different ingredients or by preparing it differently.
Often planning ahead is key when eating healthy. You’ll want to plan out your meals, write down the ingredients for trips to the grocery store, and keep healthy, nutritious snacks on hand for when you need a meal on the go.
Now you can forgo all the time-consuming details with Fitness Chef. Select the goals that match your lifestyle and customize your meals, and we’ll take care of the cooking and delivery, whether it be to your home or office. Enjoy all the benefits you seek in your diet, simplified.