Losing weight is a very personal battle. Even if you choose to do it with other people, you are in essence, battling your own body to see who will win. This article has some strategies that you can try in your goal to lose the weight once and for all.
A great way to motivate yourself to lose weight and get more exercise is to join a team sport. For example, a game of pickup basketball can burn over a hundred calories in just half an hour. If you have friends counting on you to show up at an appointed time each weekend, you’ll be more likely to go.
If you’re trying to lose weight, and are constantly hungry, you need to arm yourself with healthy, low-fat snack choices. Carrots and celery are always mentioned, and they’re fine, but what if you want carbs? Choose healthy carbs such as nonfat (air-popped) popcorn with no salt. You can pop a huge bag of it, munch away along with a huge glass of water, and feel nice and full with no damage to your waistline.
If you’re trying to lose weight, as cruel as it sounds, you’ll have a harder time if you spend a lot of time around overweight people. Studies have shown a strong connection between your weight and that of people in your immediate peer group. People who hang around skinny people, tend to have healthier weights than people who hang out with heavier people. So if you are looking to lose weight, you might want to try introducing yourself to some friendly-looking people of healthy weight, whose food choices may influence your own.
Refrain from wearing loose fitting clothing during the course of the day. Overweight people often wear clothing that is lose or baggy in the interests of comfort. This also makes it less likely that they will think about their weight. If you do not wear loose clothing, you will be more aware of your weight.
Curb your late night snacking if you want to see good results in your diet and weight loss plan. Eating close to bed time puts calories in your system that will be burned off during your sleeping hours when metabolism slows to a crawl and your calories burned per hour are at their lowest levels.
Remind yourself to keep your weight goals by writing them out, rather than simply thinking about them. It may seem like thinking about goals is enough, but writing goals out and reading through the list often, can help keep them in mind more easily. Saying the goals out loud as you read them may help you even further.
If you make an effort to exercise before going to work each day, you might be surprised by the weight loss results that you achieve. Studies have shown that the stress of the day, along with the amount of energy exerted, causes people to be more likely to go home and relax rather than work out.
A great way to help you lose weight is to join an e-mailing list of websites and individuals that work to promote health and fitness. By joining an e-mail list like this, you can stay current on all of the latest fitness news and you can also gain tips.
Always be on the look out to suitable replacements for unhealthy food you usually eat. Instead of using mayo, opt for mustard, eat brown rice instead of white rice, drink water instead of juice or soda, go with low-fat or skim dairy products instead of whole fat dairy products, etc.
Use less sauces and dressings in your foods. Sauces and dressings are often made with oil or contain lots of sugar. Drowning your green salad in dressing or smothering your baked potato in sour cream, adds a lot of fat and calories. You can try using substitutes, such as non-fat sour cream, but you should also experiment with more spices to flavor your food.
Wear comfortable clothes. Studies have shown that people actually lose more weight when they are wearing clothing they can lounge around in. Work clothes can be stuffy, and most people are very uncomfortable wearing them. As a result, you tend to move around less. Comfortable clothes encourage more movement. You are burning more calories whether you realize it or not.
Flatten you belly when you are sitting at your desk. To flatten you belly, you can work out the transversus abdominis. This can be strengthened by tightening the stomach inward while inhaling and exhaling several times.
If you take the time, do the work and have the information you need, you can accomplish anything, including losing the pounds that you so desperately want to lose. There is a skinny person in there, that is just waiting to come out. As we have shown you here, there are a lot of practical things you can do, starting now, to make that happen.