Do you want to lose weight? Obesity rates in North America and some western European nations are shockingly high, but you don’t have to be in that statistic. Getting long-lasting results from your weight loss efforts can be easy when you are using the right tips and techniques. Weight loss is not daunting or miserable if you personalize your approach with the following tips.
When first starting out on your weight loss journey, focus on one change at a time. If you try to reduce your caloric intake, increase your exercise and cut out all the junk food all in the same week, you’ll end up overwhelmed. Have a simple, single goal and stick with it and then add on more, as each new goal becomes a habit.
A good way to lose weight is to eat out less. You never know what goes into the food you get when you eat out. They could be cooking your food with lard, for all you know. It’s best to eat out less and focus on cooking for yourself.
A good way to lose weight is to simply serve your food on a smaller plate. By doing this, you’ll deceive yourself and you’ll think that the portion of food will be enough. You’ll be satisfied with the portion in front of you and you’ll be less likely to overeat.
I worked with a slim fellow once who told me he only ate twice a day. He had a huge breakfast, a moderate lunch and no dinner at all. This sounds impossible for most of us to follow, but the logic is sound. Ideally, to lose weight, you should eat an enormous breakfast, a middle-sized lunch and a very light dinner. This is because taking your calories early in the day, gives you the most time to burn them off. Whereas, if you start noshing after you get home from work and continue until bedtime, your body will have no chance during your sleeping hours to metabolize what you’ve eaten.
An easy way to cut calories from a meal or snack is to cut back on what you’re adding to it. A cheesy pizza is still a cheesy pizza with less cheese or low-fat cheese, and a decadent birthday cake is still a wonderful sweet snack when made with egg whites instead of full eggs and low fat margarine instead of butter, but the amount of calories in each of those can vary greatly.
Hang out with active people. Surrounding ourselves with active people causes us to be more active. Someone who won’t get off the couch may have the opposite effect.
One great weight loss tip for someone with a busy schedule is to buy bagged, cut up vegetables such as carrots and broccoli. They are easy to grab as a healthy snack on the go or to put into salads for a meal. The best part is that they are fresh and have not been frozen or cooked.
There is no magic pill for weight loss. You have to change what you are doing physically and tweak what you are putting into your body. If you will follow our tips, you will find success at effectively losing the weight that you want to lose and keeping it off.