Healthy Weight Loss Tips for Food Lovers

Healthy Weight Loss Tips for Food Lovers

Are you a food lover? If you are and you feel constantly guilty for it, I have put together a few healthy weight loss tips for you.

The problem is that we all love food. Enjoying eating is something as natural as life. We are born with the natural ability to love food to be able to survive. If babies didn’t like eating, they would die. Having said so, a big part of the eating process is education. Depending on how we educate our taste buds, we are going to like a specific type of food more or less, which can make you gain weight over time. But with some healthy weight loss tips you can be in control of your weight even if you are a food lover.

Of course, there are exceptions. There are people who only eat to survive and who do not derive any pleasure or satisfaction from the process of eating except having enough energy to keep going on. But if you investigate a little, you’ll find that most of them had a poor education in relation to food and eating. Most of them come from families who never enjoyed the pleasure of a good meal, especially together.

There are other people who do like food and enjoy eating but who are slaves of their self-image and never see themselves thin enough so they perpetually starve themselves. You can recognize them easily. They are those skinny ladies (in general) who always show a bitter expression in their faces. Who blames them?! How can you be happy if you are never satisfied enough with you and your body, you’re continuously hungry, and you never freely enjoy a tasty meal without feeling guilty? In this case, it is a matter of poor information. If you knew better, you would learn first that it is not natural to be below our optimal weight; therefore, the body fights against it to recover the weight. The body reacts to being underweight by extracting as much energy as possible from anything consumed and at the same time expending as little energy (calories) as possible. Once you know more, you can keep almost the same weight by simply changing the way you eat with no need to starve.

My family is made up of food lovers. I once asked my aunt why was it that our family life always revolved around the kitchen and food. She answered me that it was a way to communicate love for each other, by cooking and sharing the food with love. I have to say that my family’s ancestors were all poor communicators to express their feelings, so they probably had to find a new and effective way to communicate love.

Healthy Weight Loss Tips

So, which are some of the healthy weight loss tips for food lovers:

1.- Forget about willpower. It will not help you make the right decision. If you don’t know why yet, you can read the post Why you don’t need willpower to lose weight and what do you need instead.

2.- Avoid highly manufactured food as much as you can. Learn about it in my last post what not to eat to lose weight.

3.- Plan your meals ahead of time so you don’t need to have highly manufactured food as an emergency resource. Read about how to create a healthy eating plan to lose weight.

4.- Learn some tips for healthy grocery shopping so you always have the ingredients you need for your planned meals. 

5.- Learn your cooking basics and be super-efficient with your available cooking time so you can do as much as possible with the minimum time. Learn how to organize your cooking time

Enjoy your food! 

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About the Author

Arantxa Mateo

Arantxa is a trained biologist, nutrition specialist and weight management coach. Born in Spain, she spent 5 years in Australia before moving to the US. Her motto is "Food is a pleasure. Nobody deserves to be on a diet."

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