There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of weight loss plans and programs that promise to help you achieve the healthy side of life. In reality it will be a firm plan in concert with your achievable goals that will be the one that works for you. These tips are a starting point from which to begin putting that plan into action.
Stick with low-calorie food items that are similar to what you like to help you shed unwanted pounds. There’s nothing like runaway cravings to cause a dieter to fall off the wagon. Instead of eliminating your favorite foods, eat the reduced-calorie or reduced-fat versions of them. This way you still get to eat your treats, but they are much better for you and do not get into the way of your weight loss.
One weight-loss or weight-maintenance tip people have adopted is to change the size of their dishes and cutlery. We switched from the regular dinner plates to luncheon plates, and similarly, downsized our flatware to salad forks and teaspoons. As a result, our portions have become automatically smaller, and we eat less, but the plate still looks full. People who want more food, and who don’t need to lose weight, can take second helpings. But we’ve found that, psychologically, it is much more satisfying to be able to take a full plate of food, and have the freedom to eat it all, than to try to content ourselves with lonely little islands of food on large plates.
Meditation is a great weight loss technique. Stress can cause you to crave bad food and sabotage yourself. When you meditate, you release pent up stress and anxiety that can affect your moods. The better your mood, the more positive you will feel about all of the small steps that it takes to reach your weight loss goal.
Make a weight-loss plan as soon as you decide to lose weight. Decide how much weight you want to lose and make an exercise and diet plan. When you set your goals and write them down before you begin your diet, you are more likely to stick to your plan and receive successful results.
When you are watching what you eat, don’t forget to also watch what you drink. Research the calories of your favorite beverages so that you can fit them into your diet comfortably. Also, switch to “light” versions of your drinks of choice to ‘shave excess calories off’ your daily intake.
If you are trying to lose weight, you should stop eating directly before bed. The food you eat before sleeping is not going to be consumed as energy by your body. It will instead turn into fat. Consume dinner several hours before you go to bed.
Take your time when you sit down to eat. Not only will you eat less because you are eating deliberately, but you will also take in less air, resulting in less gas, overall. Eating slowly can also make eating a more enjoyable experience, since you have more time to taste your meal.
Make sure to get the proper amount of water every day. When your body is dehydrated, it tends to hold on to fat stores because water is necessary to flush out your system. Drinking enough water every day, especially if you haven’t been, helps to flush your system and make you leaner.
One way to help with weight loss is to brush your teeth right after eating dinner. This tells your body you are done with food for the night. The minty clean feeling discourages snacking or drinking high calorie liquids. A minty mouth and greasy potato chips, for example, do not go well together.
If you love pairing wine with dinner and you are trying to lose weight, don’t cut it out of your life completely–it has heart-healthy benefits. Instead, try ordering it glass-by-glass. When you order a bottle of wine, it is common to try to finish the bottle instead of saving it for later. When you resist the bottle, you resist the extra calories that come with it.
When dieting, make sure to allow yourself a small indulgence every once in awhile. Skipping every piece of chocolate or sip of alcohol will only make you crave those items more and cause a binge. Instead, treat yourself to small bites or sips on a daily basis. You’ll be satisfied without over indulging.
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.
Weight loss can be a roller coaster ride if you are not focused on your plan. The tips and advice you have read here are some helpful ways to begin to take control. Devise and build a plan that is suited to your needs and your way of life and be consistent. Roller coasters are only fun in amusement parks.