Many people often give up on losing weight because they have gone about it incorrectly. If you are organized and have a number of well-thought-out effective pieces of advice to help guide you, there should be no reason for you not to see significant results slowly but surely. Take a look at the below pieces of advice to help you out with your weight loss.
Before eating any meal, drink at least a full 8oz. glass of cold water. It will cause you to feel full faster, and as a result, you will eat less. It also will help you stay hydrated, which is important not only for keeping a steady metabolism, but also to help keep you energized.
Your phone can be an important tool in your weight loss journey. When you are tempted to eat an unhealthy food, call a friend or family member and chat about anything other than eating. Your desire to snack only lasts a few minutes, so this simple distraction may be all you need to remain on track.
Cutting carbs out of your diet while eating excess amounts of fat will help weight fall off. You can still eat delicious foods like steak, avocados, cheese, and butter in very large quantities! Plus, once your body has gone into ketosis (the process of burning fat instead of storing it), you can cheat on occasion and eat sweets with artificial sweeteners.
You can consume less calories, and lose more weight, if you take the time to cut up your food. Portion control is difficult for most people, so take a food that contains a large amount of calories (like chocolate) and cut it into smaller portions. You can still eat what you like, but by only consuming a small amount of the food, you will not gain as much weight.
Always make sure you are getting enough sleep. On average, eight hours of sleep is the goal for normal adults. Not getting enough sleep can sabotage your weight loss efforts. Having enough sleep can help your metabolism get corrected so that you can burn your food.
Some of the most basic advice about weight loss is some of the oldest: watch your portions. For example, restaurants would have you believe that a steak should be the size of your head. However, a reasonable portion of meat would actually be the size of a deck of cards, or about as big as the palm of your hand.
You must give your permission to break the rules once a day so that your weight-loss plans don’t feel like a jail sentence. One way to do this is to allow yourself one small, indulgent treat per day. Depending on what you crave, this may be a small piece of rich cheese, nuts, chocolate or some other small treat that will make you feel you’ve “earned” it by being virtuous the rest of the day. The key, of course, is to do it only once a day.
While trying to lose weight, you still may eat at fast food places from time to time. The best way to do this is to order the kid’s meal. Ordering a kid’s meal will control your portion and give you a taste of your favorite fast food. Don’t worry, if you are embarrassed to order a kid’s meal, go to the drive up window.
Treat yourself to a new outfit. Once you have started your diet, buy an outfit that is a size or two less than your regular clothes. As your diet progresses, keep trying it on, until you can finally fit into it. This gives you something to work towards, and once you get there, you will be reminded of what you have managed to achieve. You won’t want to go back to your old size.
You should not compare yourself to other people when trying to lose weight because what works for one person, may not work for another. People don’t lose weight at the same rate and the trick is to figure out what works best for you and then, stick with it. Keep in mind, the basic formula of expending more calories than you take in, drink plenty of water, and eat healthy, for your plan to work.
Omelets are great for breakfast. You can use fat free cheese and fresh vegetables to increase the nutritional value of a simple meal. The additional fiber will help you become full fast and you will not eat nearly as much. You will also stay full for longer so you will not be snacking between meals.
A useful tip for those seeking to lose weight is to always carry a small notebook in which they can record all foods and beverages consumed throughout the day. Doing this helps keep dieters accountable, and aids in the calculation of each day’s intake. Knowing when and where dietary splurges typically occur also helps dieters plan their schedules to maximize their weight loss.
Increase your fiber intake. Eating foods rich in fiber will help you feel fuller for longer periods of time, reduce hunger pangs and help you to eat less. Use whole-wheat flour instead of white when you can, sprinkle low-cal ice cream with nuts, and munch on pizza topped with peppers.
Don’t throw away your old fat clothes at the first opportunity. Try to keep at least a piece or two from each stage of your loss as this will help you later. As you reach each of your goals try on some of your old clothes to see just how much your body shape has changed!
Use the pieces of advice from this article to keep yourself organized on the right path for weight loss. If you have a clear idea of what to do, you will see results slowly but surely and won’t be discouraged as many others have been who have gone about weight loss incorrectly.