Weight loss is a confusing topic. There are so many different people and articles telling you so many different things it can be quite difficult to wrap your head around them all. This article will aim to lay down the essential and necessary basics of weight loss in hopes to clear the fog that surround it.
To help you with your weight loss regime, make a list of your favorite fruits and vegetables, and research interesting and appealing sounding recipes you can make with them. Smoothies or juicing vegetables are great for this, as are more exotic items you might not normally try. Remember, making your diet interesting and fun will increase the chances of you sticking with it.
One simple way to help with weight loss is to invite an extra guest to the dinner plate. Simply adding an extra vegetable will introduce a low-calorie dinner partner that literally, takes up more space on the plate, adds variety in taste and texture and leaves you less room for the high-calorie foods. Of course, it also helps if you eat your veggies first, when they’re nice and hot.
An easy way to cut calories from a meal or snack is to cut back on what you’re adding to it. A cheesy pizza is still a cheesy pizza with less cheese or low-fat cheese, and a decadent birthday cake is still a wonderful sweet snack when made with egg whites instead of full eggs and low fat margarine instead of butter, but the amount of calories in each of those can vary greatly.
If you want to get a handle on weight loss, it’s important to understand the concept of nutrient density. Traditionally, nutrient density has been spoken of in terms of nutrients per unit of weight or volume, i.e. calories per ounce, etc. Of far more use, however, is to think of the nutrient density in terms of nutrients per CALORIE. Measured by that standard, a head of romaine lettuce, which has about 100 calories, is many times more loaded with nutrients per calorie than almost any other food. It’s just that most of us don’t think of eating an entire head of romaine lettuce. These findings, based on research suggest that focusing on the most nutrient-dense foods (by calorie, not by weight) will help people lose the greatest amount of weight.
Splitting your restaurant meal in half, reserving a portion to eat and a portion to take home with you, can help you stay on track with your weight loss plan. Remove all temptation to overeat by requesting that the waiter put half of your meal in a to-go container before he even serves you the meal.
A good way to help you lose weight is to pack a few healthy meals with you before you get on an airplane. Airplanes serve some of the worst food and if you’re hungry, you virtually have no other options. By bringing healthy food you won’t have to resort to airline food.
Joining a men’s or woman’s sports team sponsored by a local park district or other entity can be a fun and beneficial move for someone who is trying to lose weight. Apart from the benefits from the increased activity levels one can also meet new people. Going to play a sport will be much more enjoyable than solitary exercise and result in greater commitment.
A great way to help you lose weight is to avoid microwave dinners. Microwave TV dinners are very unhealthy. Most of them are high in saturated fat. Even proclaimed “healthy” microwave dinners aren’t very good for you. It’s best to stay clear of all microwave dinners and cook for yourself.
A great weight loss tip to follow is to clearly separate hunger and thirst. Sometimes, you may think you are hungry when you are really just thirsty. Therefore, if you feel hungry, drink a glass of water instead and wait a few minutes or so to see if that was the problem.
Stop the yo-yo dieting cycle. Crash diets are great for immediate weight loss, but they do nothing for you in the long run. Unfortunately, crash diets can lead to weigh gain. Going on crash diets cause your weight loss to “yo-yo”. This slows your metabolic rate and causes your body not to burn energy, but to store it, causing weight gain.
Bagel lovers already have an uphill climb in the battle against weight, since a bagel and cream cheese is sort of a dieter’s nightmare. They can cut out 300 calories by substituting one of the reduced-fat spreadable soft cheeses and indulge guiltlessly.
Weight loss can be very challenging because of the confusion surrounding it. It is sort of like the old saying that too many hands in the soup will spoil it. In order to re-focus, sometimes it is best to trust yourself just to a few basics from one source. Hopefully, this article has provided that direction.