While increasing overall activity and adding new exercises to your daily routine is important for weight loss and your overall health, following a healthy meal plan is key when trying to shed body fat.

In fact, choosing unhealthy foods or overeating can quickly undo all your hard work in the gym.

To lose weight and keep it off, combine the following diet tips with an exercise routine:

  • Control your portions: Keeping portion sizes in check is key when trying to lose weight. One way to reduce your food portions is to use smaller plates or measure out serving sizes to train your eye.
  • Fill up on fibre: Foods high in fibre, such as veggies, beans, fruits and oats, make you feel fuller and can reduce overeating.
  • Limit processed foods and added sugar: Cutting back on processed foods like candy, chips, cakes and fast food is a must for weight loss. Ditching sugary drinks like soda, juice and sports drinks can help as well.
  • Eat protein-rich foods: Protein helps keep you feeling full and may help reduce overeating. Eating a protein-rich breakfast can reduce snacking throughout the day and help you lose weight.

Following a healthy meal plan that includes lots of fibre, healthy fats and protein in controlled portions is a great way to slim down. In order to lose weight, it’s recommended to create an overall calorie deficit. Eating healthy and minimally processed foods is the best way to do this.

Although overeating is most often associated with unhealthy foods like cookies, chips and ice cream, it is possible to eat too many healthy foods as well. This is why controlling portion sizes and having a healthy awareness of both your hunger and fullness is important.

Many people want a quick and easy way to lose fat, especially in troublesome areas like the hips, belly, arms and thighs. While resistance training may strengthen, build and tone muscle in a targeted area, a healthy diet and calorie-burning activities are necessary to burn fat and get a defined look.

By focusing on working towards a healthier, more toned body overall may be more beneficial than attempting to lose fat in one particular area. With hard work and dedication in both the gym and kitchen, you will achieve your weight loss goals.