People eyeing weight loss are caught in the never-ending fix about the right and wrong ways to do it. When you are not sure about how to diet, or of the best way to lose weight and maintain weight loss, you must follow some dos and don’ts. They will help you home in your goal and keep the weight off.
Eating regularly when you are hungry is a good idea, but make sure that you snack on the right things. Good snacks are fruit, vegetable sticks and low fat dips, scones (watch the butter), sandwiches, toast, smoothies and low fat or diet yogurt.
Small changes make big differences (overtime). Take a walk at lunchtime. Offer to make the coffee at work or wash up, just walking over to the kettle every day for a few weeks counts! Or could even exercise at your desk!
Make a list before you go shopping and stick to it. Don’t listen to your growling stomach when standing in the chocolate aisle. You are more prone to buy foods that are high in fat and sugar when you don’t go shopping with a fixed listing.
Don’t be diddled by marketing- low fat does not necessarily mean low calorie. Make sure you read the labels on food stuffs so you know exactly what you are eating. Beware! Many manufacturers lower the amount of fat in dessert foods and increase the amount of sugar to compensate.
It is important to get your meal portions correct so try to eat more fruit, vegetables and starchy foods and less of the protein, dairy products and fatty and sugary foods. Also, try eating of a small plate instead of a big one. It has been scientifically proved to help in reducing portion size of the meal.
Being surrounded by people who will eat the same foods and encourage you along the way is a good idea. Find a ‘buddy’ or someone in your family to boost your morale.
Crash dieting leads to fluctuation in your weight, which in turn affects your positive self-esteem. If you stay focused on eating healthy and living an active, healthy lifestyle, over time you’ll see the results you’re looking for, and be more likely to maintain a healthy weight.
A classic way to think you are cutting back is to miss the most important meal of the day. By missing breakfast you are more likely to go for a snack mid-morning and it may not always be a healthy one you reach for!
Eat real, plant-based foods, animal meats, vitamins and minerals. If a food contains chemicals or other ingredients you are unfamiliar with, don’t eat it.
Over exercise quickly leads to fatigue and may even lead to an eating disorder. Make it a point to exercise no more than 30 minutes to an hour three to five days a week.
While shedding excess weight can mean a healthier, more energized you; there are right ways and wrong ways to go about dieting and weight loss. Follow only the right ones!
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