Losing weight is something practically everyone wants to do. For most people, beginning a weight loss routine can be really challenging because of how much effort is called for. But losing weight need not start with a total lifestyle plan and constant, intense effort. Here are some tips that can help ease you into a healthier, weight-reducing life.
You may be tempted, when trying to lose weight, to cut fat out entirely. But it’s important to remember that fat has a high satiety value in foods, so a little will go a long way. Case in point: baked potato chips may have no fat, but because of that, they don’t trigger your satiety level as quickly as regular or even the “fat-free” Olestra chips do. So, you’re tempted to eat the whole bag. Better, for example, to eat a small amount of high-quality, high-fat food – let’s say, a small high-end dark chocolate bar – then to gorge on large quantities of low- or non-fat foods. You’ll be more satisfied without having to say “No” to treats.
A key to losing weight is to cut way down on the amount of fast food you eat. Fast food restaurants serve high calorie foods, which are not only fattening but unhealthy in other ways. Do yourself a favor and try some “fast” ready-to-go foods such as apples and carrot sticks instead.
Adjusting your bedtime ritual can help you be successful on your weight loss journey. Adding an extra hour of sleep time has been shown to help people make better decisions when it comes to the food they eat. Feeling more alert also helps to reduce stress-eating.
If you are trying to lose weight you need to distinguish between eating when you are hungry and eating when you are tired and emotional. If you feel hungry, even though lunch was an hour ago, consider if there might be another cause. Did your boss just yell at you, or did someone hurt your feelings? If it turns out you are not actually hungry you should write down why you are feeling the way you do and how food won’t help. Then try to relax and do something pleasurable besides eating.
Work on not skipping meals. Make sure to consume three regular sized meals or five small meals each day. You can still lightly snack on healthy foods. You will stay with in a pattern and your body will be used to it.
Remember that scales do lie”well, they’re misleading” when you’re on a diet. If you’re also exercising and are putting on muscle, this means you’re also putting on weight, even if you are losing fat. So instead of standing on the scale, break the tape measure out of the dresser drawer.
Remember that a little effort always has better effects than no effort at all. Picking just one or two of these weight loss tips may be surprisingly successful. Once you see real results, you will have the motivation you need to learn more and work harder towards serious weight loss goals.