Losing weight can be an intimidating topic for many people. Many people are ready to start losing weight but simply aren’t sure where to begin, and get frustrated. If this sounds like you, read on to learn some easy tips for setting up your own weight loss system so you can start shedding pounds.
An important part of proper weight loss is to eat at least three times per day. Skipping meals only lowers your metabolism and therefore causes you to gain weight, or lose it more slowly. Make sure that you eat a healthy breakfast within 30 minutes of getting up in the morning and then another meal every 3-4 hours after that.
A sedentary life leads to health problems, one of those being weight gain. Our bodies were not meant to sit for hours, yet most of us have desk jobs that make us sit for most of the day. Sitting for that long can also lead to back problems. So every hour, stand up and move around for a few minutes. Go get a drink of water, use the restroom or talk to a coworker. It will help you boost your metabolism. Your body will thank you for it.
When you’re watching your weight, try to make smart choices at the fast food restaurant. Luckily, that’s much easier to do now. Instead of the double burger with cheese, go for the grilled chicken filet sandwich. Also, ask for easy or light sauce, or no sauce at all, which will cut way down on calories. Order one of the salads, but go easy on the dressing – or better yet, dump the dressing in the lid and dip your salad into the dressing a forkful at a time.
A great way to help you lose weight is to try eating brown rice instead of white rice. White rice is high glycemic which means it’s more likely to be stored as fat in your body. Brown rice however is low glycemic, which means it burns a lot longer and gives you energy.
Walking can be a great way to burn calories and lose weight. If you wear a pedometer as you walk throughout the day, you can track how many steps you take. Experts say that people trying to lose weight should take 5000 steps a day. Wearing a pedometer can also give you the inspiration to take more steps each day and continually take more than the day before.
A good way to help you lose weight is to share your progress and results with your friends and family. Having that external motivation will push you to strive even harder to continue with your fitness goals. It’s also nice to be able to inspire someone else to lose weight.
Instead of weighing yourself once a week or once a month, you should try weighing yourself maybe once a day or more. By doing this, you allow yourself to make any adjustments needed so that you can lose weight faster.
Try eating foods that contain healthy fats. Foods like nuts, olives, and several different types of fatty fish contain healthy fats that will make you fill full. They will also help you fend off hunger and cravings. As is the case with any healthy food, just make sure you practice moderation.
Make sure that when you are consuming food, never to watch an emotional television show or movie. If you are watching a soap opera or dramatic movie, there is a good chance that you are going to express emotion, which will cause you to drop your inhibitions, leading to eating more.
Make sure you are drinking enough water everyday. The average size person should be drinking 10 glasses of water per day. Staying well hydrated is important to keep your body functioning like it is supposed to and will help you to consume the right amount of calories for your body.
To stay satisfied without consuming large portions, you should chop the high-calorie foods into small pieces. Doing this will make it seem as though you are getting more than your really are. This can be great for people who do not want to completely eliminate all high-calorie foods from their diet.
Visit your doctor before starting any exercise or new diet. This will help you to remain healthy throughout the program. Many people gain weight because of a hormone imbalance. Getting a diagnosis from your doctor can set you on track from the outset.
With any weight-loss program, we all have slipped up and have fallen off the weight-loss wagon. Just because you are human and have given into that craving for a calorie-laden treat, do not declare your day or diet “ruined.” Most nutritionist agree, that it would take a enormous 3,500 calorie eating binge, to put back on one pound. Just forgive yourself for the slip-up and move on.
In order to keep your weight loss on track, it is a good idea to keep track of your progress. Once you see that your efforts are paying off in the ways you were hoping, you will be more likely to stick with what is working. Also, change things up so that you do not run the risk of getting bored.
When ordering food at restaurants or fast food places, buy smaller portions. If you usually buy a foot long sandwich, buy a 6 inch instead. When at a movie theater buy a small popcorn. If you are going through a a drive-through, order a small hamburger and small fries instead of “super sizing it.” You will eat less calories per meal.
If you were intimidated about losing weight because you didn’t know what to do, now you know. The hardest part of losing weight is setting up a system and sticking with it. Now that you can set up a weight loss system, you’re ready to start losing weight and feeling better.