Health and Fitness By Mae Davies / June 20, 2014 Food is the biggest contributory factor when it comes to gaining and losing weight. The kind of food that we eat, the amount of our food that we eat, and how many meals we eat each day greatly affects the number that is revealed on the weighing scale. Women in particular are very aware when it comes to losing weight; the issue of weight has even become a sensitive topic to some women; some of whom even employ extreme means, such as going on a starvation diet to lose weight. However, starving yourself is NOT the answer to the question of how to jumpstart weight loss – believe me, doing this will only backfire on you. What you need is to have a healthy and balanced diet; and this you can do by revamping your meals. Revamping your meals is one way to jumpstart your weight loss. Here are some tips as to how you can do this: 1. Don’t skip breakfast. If you think you’ll lose weight by skipping breakfast, think again. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so skipping it has never been a good way of jumpstarting weight loss. By eating your breakfast, you won’t feel starved by midday and it will be easier for you not to overeat when you’re not starving. Eating your breakfast will also give you additional energy for more physical activities throughout the day. 2. Love your greens. Are you one of those people who will eat everything on your plate except for the veggies? If that is the case, it’s high time for you to love your greens. Eating vegetables, especially those green and leafy ones, is one of the surefire ways to jumpstart weight loss. The nutrients, vitamins and minerals found in vegetables and fruits will not only make you healthy, but will also make you feel full throughout the day. You can start by substituting one meal of fatty and carbohydrate-laden food with a simple green salad; your serving of salad will not only help you to jumpstart your weight loss, but will also help you stay within your 1200, 1500 or 1800 calorie meal plan. 3. More protein and fewer calories. Another way to jumpstart weight loss is to cut back on your carbohydrate intake and increase the protein in your diet instead. Studies show that proteins will help increase your metabolism and build muscle instead of fat. More protein in your diet is also a way to jumpstart your weight loss because it fuels your energy for more physical activity; and it will also keep you feeling full for a longer time. On the other hand, eating fewer carbs equals additional weight loss. Cutting back on your carbs is one way to jumpstart to losing weight, since doing this reduces body fat. Bad carbs cause blood sugar levels to spike; they’re easy to digest, hence we don’t even notice that we have already eaten more than we need. 4. Say no to snacks and eating in between meals. Another culprit when it comes to weight gain is our habit of always snacking, giving in to our cravings, and eating in between meals. Saying goodbye to these bad habits is one of the solutions to losing weight. Snacks, especially those which are sweet and sugary, must definitely be a no-no. You’ll never be able to stick into your 1200 calorie meal plan if you’re in the habit of always eating snacks. 5. Avoid take-out food. Take-out food and fast food is generally unhealthy. Just imagine how many calories there are in your quarter pound burger, fries or pizza! You can’t even be 100% sure that what you’re eating is made from natural and healthy ingredients. Instead of relying on take-out meals, why not cook and prepare your own meals instead? Doing so is not only a great way to jumpstart weight loss, but it’s also a good way for you to save money and learn how to live frugally.