If you find it hard to lose weight, you are not alone. These tips should make the process a little less intimidating.
You need to eat the right amount of calories every day. Any types of starvation diets aren’t good for the body for a variety of reasons. The less you eat, the slower your metabolism, the less weight you lose. This type of “diet” also leads to binge eating and a sure way to gain the weight back quickly once you do resume normal eating.
You can’t resist french fries, can you? Many who are wanting to lose weight have failed due to these. Thankfully, you don’t have to completely eliminate french fries from your life. Instead of ordering them from your favorite fast food place, bake them yourself at home. Cut up some potatoes into half-inch fries. Then, toss them in a big bowl with one tablespoon of oil, sprinkle a little salt, pepper, and rosemary to add flavor, and then bake them in one layer at a temperature of 400 degrees for half an hour. Loosen these potatoes using a spatula, and then turn them and bake for about ten minutes. They are absolutely delicious with ketchup, much lower in fat calories, and you will never miss the deep frying. These “French Bakes” are from Laurel’s Kitchen cookbook.
Just eating mindfully and slower is a great weight loss tip. People usually begin feeling full when digesting food. It takes some time for your brain to register that it feels satisfied. So learn to eat slower and take your time to enjoy the food properly. You’ll fill up in no time.
Cardiovascular exercise speeds up weight loss. Frequently referred to as “cardio”, these hefty workouts include running, biking, speed walking or any other activity that kicks up your heart rate. Increasing your heart rate for 30-40 minutes per day will help increase your fat burning abilities and improve your health. Aim for at least half an hour of cardio exercise most days of the week.
Rewarding yourself for good behavior on a diet is an essential part of a diet being successful. Rewards can be anything from getting a massage, taking the night off and renting a movie, or going shopping and buying something new. You might decide to buy clothes that will show off your new body, which is a double reward, which will give you the positive feeling that your hard work has paid off, and you see it in the mirror.
Count your calories. A cheap notebook or notepad should be part of your weight loss arsenal. Turn the notebook into a personal food journal. Write down everything you eat and drink, the time you ate or drank, and the calories. This helps you keep track of your eating habits so your overall progress can be monitored.
Again, you shouldn’t expect weight loss success to be easy, but it is possible if you are dedicated and keep up the effort. People can have a difficult time finding the dedication, motivation and time in their lives to begin to losing weight. Apply these tips to your life and get started on your weight loss goals!
*Consult with a physician before attempting any tips in this blog post.