Whether you want to lose a few pounds, or a lot, you can start with a simple approach at your table.
FOX 26 News talked with a dietitian who says you can lose weight by just cutting calories, but you'll need a good plan to pull it off. Just a side note though, she fully believes nutrition and exercise need to go hand-in-hand.
FOX 26 caught up with Taylor Larson, Registered & Licensed Dietitian, where she works at the Houstonian Hotel Club & Spa. Her first advice is to write down everything you eat.
"You can use an old-fashioned journal to write it down, but thankfully now we have the online tools to use, as well, that can actually record how many calories you're eating, as well as the macro-nutrients, protein, carbs, and fat you're eating. (That gives you a good idea) of how much you're consuming, over or under consuming," explains Larson. She says "My Fitness Pal" is her favorite mobile app. She also likes "Calorie King", but says you have to track that on a computer, versus mobile device.
Larson suggests you figure out how many calories you consume each week, then cut way back.
"If you logged for a week and you're consuming 2,000 calories, try to bump off 500 calories a day or so for a week to equate to 3,500 calories (you cut back) per week, to get that one pound a week weight loss."
Of course, to keep it off, you need to stay motivated!
"What is the 'why' behind you wanting to lose weight? Is it aesthetic or health reasons? Let that be the driving force when times get tough, and they will get hard! It's not easy to lose weight, if it were, everybody would be running around fit," says Larson.
She goes on to say that 80% of losing weight has to do with your diet, but she believes you need to add exercise to keep the weight off. As you may know, staying on a low-calorie diet for a long time is an unreasonable goal, so exercise will help you maintain your goals.
For more information about weight loss, visit http://www.houstonian.com/Weightloss.aspx.