“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.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially if you want to lose weight. When you wake up early and eat a full breakfast you allow your digestive system to wake up and start metabolizing food. This lets your body burn calories from the beginning of the day rather than from lunchtime onward.
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.
Part of weight loss is regular elimination. The more rapidly your body can move food and liquid through your system, the less chance it will have to build up and accumulate pounds. Though chemical laxatives are generally a bad idea, a diet very high in fiber (whole-grain products, lots of fruits, vegetables, and of course, plenty of water) will keep one’s digestive tract in good working order, which will assist in your weight loss efforts.
Sneak in your much needed exercise. By sneaking in little exercises here and there, you will burn additional calories without the effort of an extra workout. For example, do calf raises or squats for two minutes while you brush your teeth or do crunches and push-ups during commercial breaks of your favorite TV show.
Since the basic premise of weight loss and getting in shape is to take in less calories than you burn, you shouldn’t waste those valuable calories on drinks. Instead of drinking soda or sugary juices, drink water and save those calories. This can be the key to taking in less than you’re burning.
Eat slower to assist your weight loss efforts. Folks may not start feeling full until after digestion starts. Your body needs time to let your mind know you are full. To avoid overeating, eat slowly and put down your eating utensils as you chew and taste each bite. Eventually, you will start to feel a lot more full.
To help with weight loss you should eat a lot of healthy salads. Buy greens that are already washed and bagged. Have fresh vegetables, like carrots and radishes, ready to add to your salad. A salad using these ingredients, and topped with a low-fat dressing, is quick to make and very filling.
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.