If permanent weight loss is your goal, your key to success is not a diet. Instead, you need to focus on several little things that you can easily do every day. The following tips focus on the two cardinal rules of weight loss: eat fewer calories and burn more calories. Follow them, and your weight will go down.
One helpful way to lose weight is to sneak low-calorie, nutrient dense foods into your “normal” diet. How do you do this? For example, when making your oatmeal in the morning, dice up a whole large apple and add it to the mix along with some cinnamon. You will have boosted the fiber and flavor of your breakfast; it will make you much more full and satisfy your hunger that much longer, and it will taste like apple pie!
A good way to lose weight is to reconsider how you cook your food. Frying foods is very unhealthy whereas baking food is considered very healthy. Next time you decide to eat some chicken, try baking it instead of frying it. Something small like this can make a big change.
Everyone gives in to temptation every now and then. One way to limit the amount of damage you can do to your diet when you give in to temptation is to limit the amount of fatty temptations around you. Filling your fridge and pantry with healthier alternatives such as crackers instead of chips, yogurt or fat free pudding instead of ice cream and flavored water instead of soda and you can easily pass on hundreds of calories.
Although you may be hesitant to go out to a restaurant when beginning a new weight loss plan, try splitting a meal with your significant other, friend or family member. Portion sizes are notoriously large in restaurants, so sharing enables you to still feel full without overeating or consuming extreme amounts of calories.
One of the best ways to start your weight loss program is to find ways to reduce the stress in your life. Stress can cause cortisol levels to rise and keep blood sugar levels unstable, thus resulting in unneeded weight gain. Stress can also make you more likely to overeat when you are upset about something.
To help stay on a diet without becoming discouraged, it is actually best if you do not weigh yourself often. The human body will adapt to any diet you are on and your results will ultimately slow down. Seeing this plateau via the scales may discourage you, so weigh yourself only every two weeks instead of multiple times per week.
Replace white bread with whole grain in your diet. White bread is made from refined flour that has been stripped of its nutrients and fibrous qualities. On the other hand, whole grain bread is made from flour that includes all parts of the grain. So whole grain bread is more nutritious than white bread.
As you can see, these tips are all simple little changes that you can easily fit into your daily life. Although they are only small things, they can make a big difference over time. By making a commitment to trying each of these suggestions, gradually you will see your weight decrease and your energy increase.