If your goal is to lose weight, then you need to monitor your daily calorie intake.
This is even more important during the Lunar New Year when it’s very easy to over-eat on calorie-dense foods like cookies and bak kwa.
The bottom line for many people struggling to lose weight is they’re often simply consuming too many calories to lose weight or shed body fat (even if those excess calories are coming from healthy sources).
Ever heard the expression ‘you can’t out-train a bad diet’? Well, it’s true.
To hit your weight loss goal, you need to be in a calorie deficit. Not just day to day, but over the week.
You could be in a calorie deficit of 300 calories a day from Monday to Friday which totals 1500 calories down. But then if you cut loose at the weekend and eat two tubs of ice cream totalling 3,000 calories then that calorie deficit you’ve worked so hard on maintaining through the week will turn into a calorie surplus – and that means weight gain.
That’s where tracking your food, and therefore your calorie intake, is key. Using an app like MyFitnessPal is really useful for helping monitor your diet and ensuring your calorie intake is where it should be to keep losing body fat.
Keep your food intake the same
Just because it’s Chinese New Year doesn’t mean you should suddenly change your diet drastically.
In fact, if your goal is to lose weight and shed fat then you should actually try your best to eat the same quality, quantity and ratio of food that you would regularly on your weight loss or fat loss diet.
What’s the key to any successful weight loss or body transformation diet? Planning and organisation.
Ensuring that you have all your meals planned and prepared in advance means you’re far more likely to stick to your diet plan which ultimately adds up to better weight loss and fat loss success long term.
If you leave your meals to chance and just grab something when you’re hungry, you’re more likely to make bad food choices.
Chinese New Year snacks taste great but tiny as they may seem, are laden with lots of sugar and are terrible for your body composition goals.
Text: Ultimate Performance