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Weight Loss + Nutrition-Where to Start

Ok so you’ve decided you are ready to get to work and start exercising regularly and eating better.

So what does eating better look like? Is it cutting out carbs. Maybe ditching all sugar. Or is it counting calories and restricting yourself so you can drop those 10lbs really quick?

Any of this sound familiar. It’s common knowledge that having a caloric deficit or expending more energy than the calories you take in will help lead to weight loss but how do you start?

Well, it depends. Not what you were hoping to hear was it, but it’s the truth. There are different variables to consider from genetics, to body type, to current lifestyle and eating habits, how your body processes foods, etc.

I’ve put a few tips together that have helped me and my clients get started and to find what works best for them to make the largest impact in their health and fitness goals.

Try starting with 1 step that when implemented it makes the biggest “bang” for your buck, if you will, and is sustainable.

Here are a few tips:

  1. Take into consideration the types of foods you’re most drawn to and why.

  2. Evaluate your sleep. If you are not getting enough uninterrupted sleep this could play into your hunger, energy levels and cravings.

  3. Are you getting 8 glasses of water in a day or half of your body weight in ounces a day. Drinking enough water and having a 8oz glass of water before meals will help with feeling satiated, which means less calories consumed at meal time plus it will keep you hydrated and thus helping with energy levels as well.

  4. Are you getting 4-6 servings of fruits and vegetables a day? Work to incorporate especially vegetables and those higher in fiber as it is the most thermogenic and will help to fill you up and process easier for most people.

  5. Do you eat a lean protein, complex carbs and healthy fats with each meal. This will ensure you are getting the right nutrition in to fuel your body and help you curb cravings and with muscle repair.

Which tip above can you start to implement today? Once you’ve mastered the first one, then work your way down the list.

For more fitness and foundational health guidance you can check out my Facebook page Essentially Empowered Fitness.

-Carrie Leonardini

Carrie Leonardini


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