You do not need to deprive yourself or work out for three hours a day to lose weight. You will get more long-lasting results if you make a series of small changes, one at a time. Try the following tips to help you to achieve a more gradual and permanent weight loss.
An important part of proper weight loss is to eat at least three times per day. Skipping meals only lowers your metabolism and therefore causes you to gain weight, or lose it more slowly. Make sure that you eat a healthy breakfast within 30 minutes of getting up in the morning and then another meal every 3-4 hours after that.
If you want to get a handle on weight loss, it’s important to understand the concept of nutrient density. Traditionally, nutrient density has been spoken of in terms of nutrients per unit of weight or volume, i.e. calories per ounce, etc. Of far more use, however, is to think of the nutrient density in terms of nutrients per CALORIE. Measured by that standard, a head of romaine lettuce, which has about 100 calories, is many times more loaded with nutrients per calorie than almost any other food. It’s just that most of us don’t think of eating an entire head of romaine lettuce. These findings, based on research suggest that focusing on the most nutrient-dense foods (by calorie, not by weight) will help people lose the greatest amount of weight.
An accountability partner can help in your weight loss journey. Having someone to share your mess-ups and successes with help keep you on track. No one wants to tell someone that they’ve done something wrong, so do the right thing, stay on track, and you can share your successes with your partner.
A good way to help you lose weight is to stay current with all of the scientific information regarding nutrition. Periodically, studies are released that show whether certain foods can be good or bad for us. Studies like these can be really enlightening and might make you adjust your diet.
Popcorn is a great snack for losing weight. Avoid movie theater popcorn or making popcorn with a lot of added butter or oils. Corn is a whole grain and whole grains are very important to consume when on a weight loss program. Buy or borrow popcorn air popper. The air popping method is very healthy. If the popcorn tastes too bland for you, try experimenting with spices or even adding Parmesan cheese to the popcorn for different taste ideas that are not fatty and laden with butters or oils.
Reduce the amount of carbohydrates that you eat throughout the day. Also do not eat any carbohydrates late in the afternoon or in the evening. You can increase the amount of good fat and protein that you eat to compensate for your lost calories when you cut out the carbohydrates.
You are more likely to stick with these new habits if you focus on making a few small changes at a time. Try adding only one or two of these tips a week, and you will be lighter and healthier in just a few months. Make these habits part of your regular routine, and you will benefit throughout the rest of your life.