Most people think that losing weight requires you to pretty much starve yourself. Unless you eat like its Thanksgiving everyday, nothing could be further from the truth.
[Unless you eat like this every day, you won't starve on a 2,000 calorie diet.]
Eating for weight loss means limiting caloric intake to create the calorie deficit required for weight loss. Keep reading to find out how to lose weight on a 2,000 calorie diet!
Know Your Food
Losing or maintaining weight on a 2,000 calorie diet requires you to know what you’re putting inside your body. The first thing you need to know is how many calories are in the foods you eat. If you love to grill burgers, find out how many calories are in a burger so you know how frequently they’ll be allowed on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Losing weight also requires you to actually read the nutritional labels. Most labels give information based on a 2,000 calorie diet so you can see how much salt and fat from calories you consume. Information such as this is crucial to weight loss and it’s provided on the outside of most foods. Can’t get easier than that, can it?
Pay Attention to Serving Sizes
The biggest mistake you can make on a 2,000 calorie diet is ignoring serving sizes on food labels. The money has been spent on the ink so you may as well glance at it. Adhering to serving sizes will make sure you consume no more than 2,000 calories a day. Measure your pasta—even whole grain pasta—before tossing it in the water because those calories really add up.
[Weigh your pasta to exact measurements to stick to a 2,000 calorie diet.]
You’ll notice that living on a 2,000 calorie diet isn’t as difficult as you thought once you listen to the labels. Just because it seems like it’s not enough food doesn’t mean its not. Your 2,000 calorie diet will be much easier with measuring cups & spoons and a kitchen scale. Measuring your meat before you cook it will help you save so many calories you’ll smack yourself for not doing it sooner!
Watch Out For Fat
A diet that’s high in fat will do nothing to help you stick to a 2,000 calorie diet. One gram of fat has 9 calories so paying attention to how much of your daily calories come from fat will help you cut down on calories. Reducing your fat intake will help with fat loss and overall health.
A 2,000 calorie diet allows a normal size human enough food to keep energized throughout the day without making you sluggish. The best way to lose weight on 2,000 calories is regular exercise. Burning 3,500 calories per week will allow you to lose 1 pound a week for healthy weight loss and the only way to create that kind of deficit healthilyis to burn it off!
Whether you prefer a game of soccer or interval training or weight lifting, regular exercise is vital to weight loss. And those of you out there who consume way more than 2,000 calories currently will experience a lot of weight loss initially as your body adjusts to not overeating. After a few weeks, you too will notice an average weight loss of about 1 pound per week.
[Running...its a great excuse to hit the beach!]
How you get your exercise and how frequently you workout will determine how much weight you lose on a 2,000 calorie diet. But remember that just to lose one pound you have to lose 3,500 calories, which is an average of 500 calories per day.
Before You Begin
Starting a new way of eating can be difficult, especially when you still crave food that’s bad for you. But a 2 or 3 day fast can help you break your addiction to food and give you a great chance to experience long lasting weight loss.
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