September 14, 2020 3 min read
There are many factors to weight loss including training, sleep, stress and living a balanced lifestyle. But, if you're striving to shed some pounds, your diet and nutrition is arguably your most impactful tool.
When it comes to nutrition, it is important to make small and attainable changes in order to see results. So where do you start? Firstly, you must commit. You're checking out Honey Bee Meals, so that's a good sign! We like to say that if you have good food in your house, you will eat good food. That starts with getting rid of the junk and highly processed food. Sorry to say it but the stuff in the colourful packages with all those crazy sounding ingredients that you can't pronounce have got to, mostly, go. You certainly don’t need to go “cold turkey” (that could cause some serious sugar withdrawal) but make small steps to going mostly gluten free, dairy free, sugar free and soy free - your body (and mind) will thank you.
We believe in this approach to nutrition because it promotes nutrient density, which is why all of our meals are gluten, dairy, sugar and soy free. Nutrient density refers to the amount of beneficial nutrients in food in proportion to their energy content - basically how beneficial the calories you consume are. Why is this important when it comes to weight loss? Simply put, weight loss is achieved with calorie deficit: your body "burns" more calories than it consumes.
Calorie deficit is the key component to weight loss but it does not (and should not) be achieved in extreme ways. Simply eating 100 calories less each day adds up and results in slower, but attainable and prolonged, weight loss. Our weight loss meals will show you recommended portions so you are able to consistently achieve a calorie deficit throughout your day, week, monthly and year.
Most goals require planing and preparation; weight loss is no different. You can still enjoy your life, eat out and lose weight if you properly plan and prepare. For example, if you know you are going out for pizza with friends on Saturday night, ensure you focus on homemade protein and vegetables Monday-Friday and again on Sunday! In order to eat protein and vegetables, you need to shop, chop and cook or order Honey Bee Meals. Our fully-prepared diet meals save you time and effort so you are able to focus on the other demands of your life and goals.
Remember that preparing food in advance plays a major role in eating well. You can hard boil eggs, chop fresh veggies & pre-wash fruit to have good-for-you-food ready to go so you can stay on track with your weight loss.
Now that you know that caloric deficit is your key tool, be sure to refer back to our post about counting your macronutrients (the components of food that make up your calories) so you can better understand how many calories your body needs to function and fuel your life. Once you know this number, you can adjust your calories (even a little bit) to create your deficit.
Don't overcomplicate your deficit: there are many simple swaps to create a deficit for weight loss. Omit the cream and sugar in your coffee; have one beer instead of two (or three); lose the cheese in your eggs; put your snacks in a bowl rather than eating straight from the bag.
With calorie deficit, consistent workouts (walking included), ample sleep, managing some inflammation and stress, you are on your way to achieving your weight loss goals.
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