Weight loss can be tough, but if you make a plan and stick to it, you will succeed. Check out the following ways in which you can vastly improve your eating lifestyle and take those pounds off.
1. Identify your target weight. Aside from any Hollywood standard, what is your ideal weight? If you need to lose 25 pounds total, then set a weekly goal that will help you reach that ideal weight over time. The healthy habits you adopt should become permanent, to help keep the weight from returning.
2. Start a work out routine. Find something you like in a conducive environment and do it at least three times a week. No matter how much you cut calories, you are not really going to burn fat and drop the weight you want without serious regular exercise.
3. Stop drinking soda. Period. It’s very unhealthy for you and even the so-called diet version contains too many empty calories. There are things you could be drinking like green tea and bottled water that will work in conjunction with your weight loss efforts; use them liberally!
4. Eliminate all junk and fast-food. There is really no excuse to keep eating at burger joints and filling yourself up with potato chips; if you are serious about weight loss, you just won’t let yourself do that anymore! Although it’s difficult to completely eliminate processed foods from our diets, it’s easy to skip the drive-through and pork-skins.
5. Fill up with water. Not only is this a healthy drink for you, it will also trick your tummy into thinking you are full! Have a glass right when you wake up, even before coffee, and all your internal organs will function better over the course of the day. Enjoy one glass before every meal, and you will find yourself much less hungry.
6. Start using small plates. Over the years, the plates Americans eat on have gotten bigger and bigger: this really is no surprise, considering obesity statistics. Invest in smaller serving plates to limit portions on a regular basis and this alone should result in noticeable weight loss over time.
7. Avoid all fad or crash diet methods. No matter how tempting, such efforts are futile and counter-productive to long-term and healthy weight loss. Don’t consider using any diet plan that your doctor would not approve of.
8. Try eating several small meals throughout your day. This can be very beneficial to your digestive system and aid in systematic weight-loss. Calculating everything you eat and making sure it’s healthy will eliminate dangerous between-meal snacking that will keep pounds on.
9. Get plenty of sleep. People who are sleep-deprived tend to over-eat and make poor choices throughout their day. Those who get a full eight hours have plenty of energy to sustain them and don’t indulge in diet-costly binging. Don’t overlook this important element of weight loss.
10. Stick with it! Depending on your age and metabolism, as well as other individual circumstances, your weight loss may not happen as quickly as you’d like. Despite your tireless (and often tasteless!) efforts, you might see only marginal progress on the scale, but don’t give up! You’re eating and living much healthier now, and it will pay off!