Firstly, we know that diets don't work. So whether it's reducing your food intake or cutting out particular groups, food groups, it's not a healthy way to lose weight. Reducing or restricting your vitamin and mineral intake or, in particular your carbohydrate intake, will leave you with an increased hunger and preoccupation with food. And it can also impact your mood, making you more irritable and lowering your motivation. It's important that when we're looking at losing weight, that you have a balanced approach. So it's clear that dieting doesn't work, however, we need to look at what a healthy alternative is.
I would like to argue that rather than focusing on losing weight, that you need to focus on developing a healthy and meaningful lifestyle and a healthy relationship with food and the body. If you are overeating and your portion sizes are too large, eating slowly and mindfully, so being present to the experience, will help you reduce your portion sizes to a more appropriate size. Another tip is listening to your body more carefully. Listen to your body's hunger and fullness signals. They are the best guide in regards to how much to eat. And finally, if you're wanting more specific information about portion sizes to work out whether you are overeating or not, consult a dietitian and they can help you with a healthy approach to weight management.
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