It should be simple right,? Burn more calories than your putting in and you should be able to lose weight and maintain a fit & healthy body. Unfortunately there's a lot more to it than that, and it all comes down to individual body types, metabolisms, genetics, emotions - the list goes on!
There is absolutely no denying that eating a balanced diet is vital for good health. Food provides us with the energy, protein, vitamins and minerals our bodies need to live, grow and function properly.
There's a lot of information out there about healthy diets and what to eat, when to eat it and even how you should eat, but if you ask me, it's all about balance.
The issue a lot of us face is that we try and do everything at once, we go from 0-100 on the latest fad, and 90% of the time it ends in us feeling bad about ourselves when we do eventually cave! Later, when the diet ends, we may have lost a couple kilos, but as soon as we revert back to the old habits, our body puts it back on anyway!
The trick - keep it simple. Try cutting out one or two things at a time. Losing weight is the same as everything else, it takes time! Try and stop drinking for a month - too much? Then limit the alcohol to the weekends. How about cutting out soft drinks, replacing it with water. Love soft drink too much? Make sure it's sugar free. What about that bag of potato chips in the cupboard - why not swap it out for some rice thins, or corn tapas?
Small changes can make a big difference over time. You don't have to try and do everything at once. Just find something that you can stick to, and make sure you aren't too hard on yourself if you do crack under the pressure! We've all done it! Even things like cutting out sugar completely is easy if you do a bit of research to see what else will kill those cravings!
By all means, if you're serious about your diet, then make sure you go and see a nutritionist! They have all the tools and expertise to determine what you should be eating to achieve your goals, and believe it or not, it doesn't always mean cutting out the chocolate - you just might have to limit it a little bit more.