“I’m on a diet”. Do those words sound familiar? It is proven that “diets” do not work for long term weight loss. When you go on a diet, you tend to starve yourself, but your body needs food to produce energy. What you need is a lifestyle change, not a “diet”, to lose weight and keep it off.
When planning a diet for weight loss, be sure to take optimal nutrition into account not just cutting calories. Eating a balanced diet with plenty of vitamins, minerals, and necessary nutrients will ensure that you remain healthy during your diet. It will also help you feel less hungry because if your nutritional needs are met, your body won’t demand more food.
An important part of any weight loss journey is learning to control your own food. This means learning to cook from scratch, so that you know exactly what’s going into the foods you eat. Also, cooking from scratch will let you replace high-calorie ingredients such as cream, with lower-calorie ones such as skim milk.
When you wake up, drinking an 8 ounce glass of water with a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice added will help you loose weight. The lemon juice helps flush toxins from your body and has properties that have been shown to get your metabolism going. Getting in the habit of drinking water in the morning provides a solid foundation to help you keep making healthy choices all day.
Make raw foods, especially raw vegetables, a cornerstone of any weight-loss diet. Cooking typically leaches vital nutrients and vitamins out of food. These losses are most evident with vegetables. Beyond the technical, nutritional benefits, a dieter will likely find that raw, fresh foods taste better than their canned, preserved or cooked, counterparts.
Try new foods when accomplishing weight loss goals. Borrow healthy eating cookbooks from the library or purchase some for your own use. Explore new ways to make healthy foods on the Internet. Share your new-found recipes with friends on social networks. This will help you find new and interesting ways to try new foods that are healthy for you.
To help you lose weight, consider grabbing a drink of water instead of snacking on chips or popcorn. Water helps you feel full without providing any extra calories. Try to consume at least 6-8 servings of water a day. You can even give the water a little extra “pop,” with a splash of lemon or lime.
It’s hard to lose weight if you don’t allow yourself any treats. One good way to have your treat and eat it to is to buy one bag or container of something you love to eat per week and no more. Allow yourself a little of your treat per day and you won’t feel as deprived and overeat something else.
As you can see, it is important to eat. You need to make a lifestyle change in order to lose weight and keep it off. Food offers nutrients that are important to maintaining your body. No diet will offer you the nutrients your body needs. Only a lifestyle change will give you what your body needs and wants, and will help you lose weight.