4 Effective Tips For Losing Weight
More than half the world population suffers from the problem of being overweight. With more information available to people about weight loss through internet and health magazines, most consider calories the number one enemy of weight loss.
If you fall under the same category then think again. Reducing the number of calories in your diet will not help you shed that accumulated adipose tissue. You can eat all the healthy food in the world and still not reach your ideal weight. You may hit the gym and exercise with a vengeance and yet not achieve your goal of weight loss. No amount of weight training and cardiovascular exercises will help you lose weight.
Does this sound scary to you? You should be worried alright. There are plenty of people who resort to fad diets and exotic sounding exercises to shed off the extra pounds. The stark truth is that not all of them are able to attain a healthy weight. So what is it that they do wrong and that you need to avoid to win the battle of bulge? Read on to know the six effective ways for you to lose your weight without losing your mind.
1. Say no to fad diets and dieting
It is about time you realized that fad diets and dieting to starvation point will help you only for a short while. Once you get back to your regular eating habits all the weight that you lost will come running back to you. Chances are that this time you will gain more than you lost.
Besides crash dieting is giving you an unhealthy and malnourished body which might collapse if not given healthy foods to survive. Fad diets also end up ruining the proper functioning of your digestive system including metabolism. And remember there isn’t any pill or powder that will help you with weight loss.
Many people simply fall prey to fad diets, do them for months, lose weight, stop the diet, and go back to normal eating and then gain weight. This is a vicious cycle which gets repeated in case of people who struggle with weight issues throughout their lives.
Instead of depriving your body of healthy nutrients make small changes in your diet that will help you not only lose weight but keep it off too. For example, stop drinking juices and eat the fruit instead. Be wise and don’t buy juices from the stores.
Not only do the makers hoax you with ‘zero calorie’ marketing these juices are nothing but the pulp of the fruit. To keep a good metabolic rate your body require fiber and loads and loads of it. You can get fiber from eating fruits and not from drinking juices.
2. Aim to be fit and not ‘Thin’
Many people blur the line between being thin and being fit. They equate thinness with fitness. And in order to be thin they either starve themselves or take to exercising with a vengeance.
The trend of being thin has been set by models and actors. But one must remember that these men and women are paid to look good and more often than not they too have their photos body shopped. Hence, it is important that you do not select a role model with a larger-than-life image.
You must set realistic goals for yourself and once you achieve your ideal weight you should chart out a plan on how to maintain that weight without losing or gaining anymore. You should learn to listen to your body and not push it beyond the limit.
If you put too much strain on your body it will collapse and it will take lot of time and effort to get your body to again start functioning normally. Therefore, aim at maintaining a healthy body and not a thin body.
3. Don’t stop Eating
A healthy weight loss programme does not require you to stop eating or eat bland and tasteless foods. Your weight loss plan should also not leave you with feelings of being hungry all the time. If you are constantly thinking about food then there is something wrong with your weight loss programme.
Food is the only nourishment a body gets. No amount of supplements can replace food. Your aim should be to eat healthy food by making it tastier. Here being tasty isn’t the same as being calorie-rich. If your food is healthy then you needn’t control your portions. Eat as much as you want.
If you are eating less calories then those calories can be part of a large helping. For example, while preparing chicken pasta, add more chicken, less pasta, less cream sauce and more of fresh herbs. Use fresh herbs and spices to make your food healthy and tasty.
Eating a healthy portion of healthy food will keep your hunger pangs at bay for a longer time. When you eat right your need to binge on calorie-rich snacks reduces considerably. Look for ways to make your food healthy and get hold of recipes that are prepared using minimum oil. Ask family and friends for their healthy recipes and share yours with them. The idea is to be friends with food and not enemy.
4. Don’t start exercising rigorously.
In their hope to lose weight quicker many people take to exercising rigorously. In their endeavor to be fit they feel that exercising non-stop will do the trick. This isn’t the case. One day you might feel energetic and exercise all that you can however, the next day your aching and sore muscles will not let you get up from the bed.
The trick lies in taking it slowly and then building your stamina. Begin your exercise routine by going for 20-30 minutes walks thrice the first week. The second week join a gym but go for only three days. Continue with your walks as well. The third week, walk for two days and go to the gym for three days.
As your stamina builds you will feel more energetic and enthusiastic about exercising. Give yourself one or two days off in the week to keep the enthusiasm levels going. Routinely change your exercise patterns or you will soon get bored of your exercising program.
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