The Only Advice You Will Ever Need To Lose Weight

The Only Advice You Will Ever Need To Lose Weight

diet scale indexWith the nations growing obesity epidemic, weight loss and dieting have become very hot fitness and health topics. Shedding pounds is not that easy. With a little knowledge and optimism though, the task can be quite manageable and hopefully, the following advice will help to start you off on the right foot.

To lose weight you must burn more calories up than you consume.  Gradually reducing your caloric intake on a daily basis is an excellent way to drop weight. Lowering your calorie intake by 500 calories is what you should shoot for.  More than that can trick your body into slowing down your metabolism as defense from starvation. [Goal 1-2 lbs a week.]

fruit bowl indexMake sure to form good habits in your new weight loss regimen and stick to them. Keeping your focus on making positive changes in your life is the most effective way to adjust to a new diet. Substituting fruit for doughnuts in the morning can help your diet plan significantly. When you provide a replacement for donuts, you will not miss them as much!

When losing weight, get exercise into your routine. If you have some money and the time, consider joining a gym. Swimming, tennis, rowing, aerobics and jogging are great activities for weight loss. Seek clearance from a physician prior to launching your program if your health has been an issue in the past. There are many exercises that you can do at home or work.

bike riding cartoon indexOne smart tip for losing weight is to stay busy so you don’t spend a lot of time thinking about food. When you have nothing to do, you think about eating food and crave a snack, just because it’s an activity to do. Keeping busy will keep this from happening.

Eating with a friend will help you focus less on food and more on conversation, which will typically help you to eat less. Eating alone gives you nothing to focus on besides finishing all of your food.

Try out some angel food cake if you get the hankering for a dessert. Sometimes it is very hard to give into cravings. Try an airy dessert like an angel food cake. Cakes like these are a low-calorie alternative to denser, richer desserts.

NO sign imagesStay away from the artificial sweeteners!  Your body actually reacts to these  as super sweets and makes you crave even more sweets and carbohydrate heavy foods.  Using natural sugar [beet and cane] as well as honey in small amounts is much healthier.

Eat a decent-sized, healthy meal at home before you go to a party. This will prevent you from eating a lot of the goodies and unhealthy party food. Try drinking wine instead of high-calorie beer or mixed drinks.

Going out to dinner?  Start your meal with a fresh salad with only an olive oil and vinegar with herbs dressing.  Or a cup of broth based soup with veggies and grains [not pasta].  The people who start their meals this way eat around 20% less calories.

If you’d love to be slimmer, or have recently put on some weight, then this article has given you just what you need. Utilize what you learned in this article to work toward your fitness goal.