Take a quick look at the weight loss section in any bookstore, or glance over the internet, and you will find any number of books and articles that claim different ways to lose weight quickly and effortlessly. You likely have realized, however, that fad diets simply don’t work. But what does?
When you are trying to lose weight, consider cutting out sugary drinks such as soda, iced tea, lemonade, and even juice. These drinks have almost no nutrional value in them and are simply empty calories. Instead, drink more water. Water contains no calories and has many benefits for your body.
One of the best ways to lose weight is by doing sprints. If you’ve ever seen short distance runners in the Olympics, you’ve noticed how lean and shredded they are. Science has proven that high intensity cardio such as sprints, is the most effective way of shedding fat and preserving lean muscle mass.
Hunger is a problem for people trying to lose weight. Next time you are hungry, pause and think: is it true hunger or am I eating for non-food-related reasons? Many times we eat to satisfy emotional needs, or because we’re tired, or need comfort. Often, we’re just thirsty. Next time you feel hunger pangs, first examine your motives for feeling hungry, and then try drinking a very large glass of cool water. Before you eat again, see if the drink has satisfied your need.
If you are attempting to lose weight during the holiday season, it can be difficult with so many parties and gatherings where there are high fat, high calorie, foods and snacks served. To keep yourself on track, eat a healthy and filling meal ahead of time. You can still indulge while you are there, but you will eat less than if you had shown up hungry.
Want to exercise more but don’t know where to start? Try making a list of things that you enjoy doing and take any movement at all. Even relaxing at the beach can be turned into a work out. Walking in the sand can use your legs muscles more than working across a flat, concrete surface. Take a long walk to your beach towel or down to the water a few times and enjoy the scenery while getting your exercise in.
When you begin a weight loss program, it is a good idea to remove all foods from your home that you do not want to consume while dieting. Get rid of sweets and salty snacks especially. This eliminates temptation, making it much easier for you to stick to your diet and reach your weight loss goals.
Splurge once a week. That’s right, order that pizza and eat that ice cream at least one time a week. Why? For two reasons: first, your body’s metabolism will kick into high gear when it realizes that there will be fluctuations in what you’re eating; and secondly, you’ll discover that it doesn’t taste as good to you as it once did, and you can’t eat as much as you used to. You’ll see how far you’ve come.
If a diet sounds too good to be true, it often is. So steer clear of fad diets and pills, and apply instead the tips and suggestions presented here in this article. They have worked for countless people who have been able to take weight off, and keep it off.