Yes; my ex-personal trainer used to say, “Losing weight is a question of math! Energy in minus energy out must leave you with a deficit.”
My friends and colleagues say it’s easy for me, because I eat healthy. True; I do eat healthy. But, it does not mean I do not gain weight when I relax my portion control.
When you compare today’s food plate to that of 20 years ago, you will understand the term “portion distortion” in a flash. Today’s plates are bigger and we tend to fill them up. The end result is – over-eating.
Calorie intake depends on lifestyle. For example, my problem today is, I still eat the same amount of food like I did when I went to gym six days a week. Not good!
Food portions are smaller than we think. A portion of lean protein for a guy is approximately twice the size of his palm; for a woman it’s half that amount.
Fruit is another healthy food to watch out for. It contains a high level of natural sugars which hinder weight loss if consumed in large amounts. If your goal is to lose weight, try and stick to having 2 – 3 portions of fruit a day.
Eating out can get tricky when you are watching what you eat. Vegetables are a healthy choice, but not when they’re covered in butter. At home, I do not hesitate to have a baked potato or wedges, but when I eat out I avoid baked potatoes. They’re loaded with fat; sometimes worse than fries.
So for those of you who think healthy eaters are lucky … think again! Too much healthy food can still make you gain weight. Experience taught me it’s best to be a mindful eater.
The benefits of training yourself to eat sensibly carries a life-time guarantee.