How do I lose weight?

Weight loss is a simple concept, to lose weight you need to eat less calories than you use. It is really as simple as that on a basic level. So, if it is that simple, why do so many people struggle with weight loss? There are a number of reasons that prevent weight loss, but the main ones are habit, poor planning and preparation and misinformation on the internet.

For example, if your daily calorie target for weight loss was 2,100 calories, you could eat 9 mars bars and hit that target. The issue with that is that the artificial make up of a mars bar will send you on an insulin rollercoaster and you will feel constantly hungry, which would lead you to eat more and exceed your daily calorie allowance. You will also lack the vitamins and minerals you need to be healthy and get your body working well.

If you use your daily 2,100 calories by consuming vegetables, high protein foods, healthy fats and wholesome carbohydrates you will feel fuller for longer and will be healthier. This is where planning and preparation come in to play. Everyone has a busy lifestyle and lots of things can come in the way of making good quality food. We advise that you allocate time in the week to do some food preparation for the week ahead to help you stay on track. This comes with helping to prioritise your goals, what do you want most, to be fit and healthy and in great shape, or to watch that box set on Netflix?

On the Ultra Nutrition website, we have a macro calculator to give you a guide on your own personal calorie intake for each day. You can use the meal ideas page to create good, wholesome food which will help to fuel your body. We recommend that you track your calorie intake with MyFitnessPal so that you can stay on track and see how many calories are in normal foods that you eat. This will help to open your eyes to potentially high calorie foods you naturally eat without realising. There will, without a doubt, be times you will need more protein on top of regular food to hit your daily protein target, in which case you can supplement your diet with Ultra Protein. If you are in a hurry and need a meal on the go, Ultra Complete is a great way to get a nutritious meal and stops you from reaching for an unhealthy option.

Ensuring you get your vitamins and minerals is also a really important art of your diet. We advise that you try to consume as many of them as possible from fresh fruits and vegetables, there will be days when you don’t manage this so you should take Ultra Daily as an insurance policy to make sure you hit your daily vitamin and mineral target.

Making sure that you have a balanced diet within your daily calorie target is the key to helping you to lose weight and feel healthy.