Losing weight: a goal, a dream and, for most, one of the biggest challenges they could face. Ironically, though, dropping pounds is also what makes so many of us feel much healthier and self-confident!
Right now, more than 70 million adults in the U.S. are obese and a whopping 99 million are overweight. These statistics alone prove that we could all use some help – and that’s exactly how Wellness Captain started. We want to show you that losing weight can be easy if you apply the right tips to your needs.
And because our main focus is to improve our readers’ lifestyle, we provide all the information you need. Curious enough? Keep reading…
What is weight loss all about?
So many resources online make weight loss look like rocket science, when it’s not.
It’s important to realize that weight loss can either mean fat loss or muscle loss, each bringing a very different outcome! In order to lose weight the right way, it’s best to lose fat and preserve (even build) muscle mass in a healthy way and there are two steps to do it:
- Develop healthy eating habits (our nutrition page offers plenty of advice including meal plans, superfoods and supplements)
- Exercise on a daily basis (there are so many types of exercise that help you reach your weight loss goals easily; check out our fitness page to get started)
However, one crucial aspect can make or break your plans to lose extra pounds: understanding nutrients.
Understanding & managing nutrients
There are two types of nutrients: macronutrients and micronutrients. Both are essential so that our body functions correctly and, if you learn the difference between them, you can use them to your advantage and lose weight with minimal effort.
With micronutrients, things are pretty simple and generally it’s best to get as many of them as possible. The best sources include fruits, vegetables and legumes, but also fish and meat depending on which minerals and vitamins you need more. However, the key to weight loss is in macronutrients…
Why do macronutrients matter?
That’s a great question. To sum things up, protein helps you break down fat cells and regulates insulin production, carbs are the fuel of your body and fats can also improve your health and endurance. The thing is, each macronutrient can have positive or negative effects depending on whether you know how to consume it
Protein from high-quality sources can have a major positive impact on any weight loss journey as it helps you get rid of fat and gain healthy muscle mass. That’s exactly why you see protein powders and bars advertised so much – because they really work!
I highly recommend the following articles to understand how your body processes macronutrients and some very useful tips on choosing only healthy protein-rich products:
How to choose the best protein powder for women – this post gets into every detail about women’s hormonal changes, building beautiful muscle mass and losing weight. I love the fact that it addresses to women in every stage: postpartum, menopause and other special situations. Also, you’ll find out how to choose protein powder and how much you should consume to stay healthy and fit.
Your complete guide to the best protein powder for men – do men need different types of protein than women? Yes, and this post will finally reveal the truth on some of the most important questions men have regarding macronutrients. If you’ve ever wondered if protein powders make you bulky and how, the post is for you.
How to use protein powder to drop pounds for good – This post is a great reading for both beginners and experts in protein powder consumption and workouts. Here, you can find all of the benefits (and risks!) regarding this product, why we need protein so much and how you can use powders to your benefit.
Eat better, feel better
Once you understand the types of nutrients and their impact in your life, it’s time to apply all the knowledge. How? By doing exactly what we love most: eating.
The two biggest misconceptions of this century are:
- You need to eat less to lose weight.
- You need to eat less tasty foods to lose weight.
Honestly, you can always lose weight and eat a wide range of foods that actually taste good! All it takes is developing a healthy, effective meal plan… one that doesn’t take ages to prepare.
I know how precious is your time. That’s exactly us, the Wellness Captain team, worked with certified nutritionists to design 14-day meal plans for multiple preferences. Each of these meal plans is easy to prepare, it’s tasty, it’s fast and most importantly – it is 100% free for you!
That’s mainly because I want to prove that living a healthy lifestyle and reaching your goals is simpler than you may think. Here are the links to each meal plan we offer:
Getting to know your body
Knowing when, what and how to eat is essential for a balanced lifestyle that helps you reach the right weight. However, many people tend to forget that ‘the right weight’ is unique to every person, so you can’t set the same standards as anyone else.
The Body Mass Index, or BMI, is a formula that can reveal your current weight status (underweight, normal or overweight) and what weight is considered to be normal for you.
If you have (literally) a few seconds for your health and wellbeing, you can use our BMI calculator that also provides some tips to reach your goals easier:
It may not seem like it, but I promise that losing weight can become a fun challenge you’ll enjoy every single day if you just know how to do it. I hope the information above is useful and I want to make one last recommendation.
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- 1Lose weight!
- 2Be healthy!
- 3Enjoy great taste!