Dietary Changes to Reduce Calories
Eating less than 1,200 calories per day leads to a metabolic stall. This is when your body starts burning muscle mass. Instead of reducing calories, watch what you eat and say no to sodas, crisps, starchy foods and sugar. Avoid refined grains and fast food. Learn to plan your meals ahead and make your menu rich in lean proteins, fresh vegetables and whole grains. Make yogurt and fruit your snacks. Opt for low-fat cheese for breakfast and seeds or nuts instead of candy bars. Portion size does matter. Have around 4 ounces of protein, 2 cups of vegetables and one and a half cup of whole grains each meal. Your menu should not include white bread, white pasta and sweet beverages. Full-fat milk products as well as fatty meats should be avoided – all these foods contain too much saturated fat. Prepare your own meals at home and eat out as seldom as possible.