As you begin your weight loss challenge try to think long term. Weight gain over a period of time adds up to serious health issues and once the cycle of putting on a few pounds every year starts, it’s hard to stop. View your present weight loss goals as an investment in the future of your health. This is not just about fitting into a favorite pair of jeans, it’s about living longer in greater health and happiness.
To avoid being hungry while on a diet, split up your calories into as many small meals and snacks as you can. If you eat the same 1500 calories broken up into six small meals, you will be less hungry than if you eat 500 calories at each of just three meals.
One really simple tip for weight loss is to buy foods and drinks in smaller packages and portions. Larger boxes, bags and bottles trigger our brains to grab a bigger handful or to pour more into our bowl or glass. You are less likely to overeat if the amount of food you start out with is smaller.
If you want to get a handle on weight loss, it’s important to understand the concept of nutrient density.
Traditionally, nutrient density has been spoken of in terms of nutrients per unit of weight or volume, i.e. calories per ounce, etc. Of far more use, however, is to think of the nutrient density in terms of nutrients per CALORIE. Measured by that standard, a head of, which has about 100 calories, is many times more loaded with nutrients per calorie than almost any other food. It’s just that most of us don’t think of eating an entire head of romaine lettuce. These findings, based on research suggest that focusing on the most nutrient-dense foods (by calorie, not by weight) will help people lose the greatest amount of weight.
When you want to lose weight, don’t focus only on real foods in front of you that may derail your diet. Reading high calorie recipes, and looking at high calorie food photos may tempt you into preparing or buying those foods you don’t want. Choose cookbooks, websites, and food magazines with recipes that better reflect your weight loss goal.
Ensure you celebrate each time you reach a milestone, no matter how small. You can give yourself a treat or buy something that you always wanted to pat yourself on the back. This will give you the motivation you need to continue on your weight loss journey.
A practice that will help one lose weight is to replace time spent watching television or movies with time doing physical activities. By exercising in some way as opposed to sitting in a couch or chair will translate into more calories being burned and more healthy activity during time that would have been spent sitting.
Cut your juice with half water or club soda. Many juices are filled with sugar and calories that you don’t need. If you can cut them in half with something else, you will eliminate a large number of empty calories and sugar from your diet. This can help you to lose a few pounds.
Do not compare yourself to the people that you see on television. These people hire professionals to help aide them in their weight loss. Their diets are supplemented by certain foods that would not be healthy to a normal person. Just focus on becoming like the average person and not a celebrity on tv.
Everyone loses weight differently. Don’t compare your weight loss to other people. We all lose weight at a different rate, as it is down to a person’s metabolism. The key is to find what works for you. Find a diet and stick to it. Ignore everyone around you, and concentrate on yourself. Bear in mind that when you read about ‘average’ weight loss, that’s exactly what it is – weight loss for the average person. Who wants to be average?!! Embrace your body and be happy with how you are losing the weight.
You can lose weight while watching TV. Walk on a treadmill, do stretches on the floor or dance during the commercials. Short bouts of exercise can add up to the recommended 30 minutes of exercise per day.
When working on your weight loss plan, consider everything to be exercise. Cleaning the house, taking the stairs, pushing the swings in the park, it all counts. Incorporating more movement into your everyday life will help you to get fit faster and achieve your weight loss goals.
Hopefully you are now mentally prepared to take on the challenge of losing weight with determination and vigor. You now have a plan of action in mind and reminders of it posted on the door of your refrigerator. Today you are armed with the knowledge you need to facilitate your weight loss program and meet the goals you have set for yourself. Today you are ready for your weight loss success!