If you are looking to lose weight the chances are that you would like to get on with it as quickly as possible. This is the rationale behind all the various fad diets out there. It is also the reason why so many people engage in the even more dangerous ‘crash dieting’ fad.
Weight loss is something that needs to be managed in an assured manner. You should be aware of the fact that losing weight should be done as part of a gradual process. Not only is it better for your metabolism, but it will also get you used to performing the right habits and therefore less likely to get back in the bad old ways later on.
One of the biggest worries people have about starting a weight loss routine is how to fit it into their lives. With people leading increasingly busy lives it sometimes seems like a chore on how to fit everything in. Fortunately there are many different ways to supplement an exercise regime with day to day activities.
Create opportunities to be active.
Wash your car at home instead of going to the car wash. Bike or walk to the store. Participate in your children’s activities at the playground or park. If you are a late riser think about getting up and out a little earlier.
A healthy lifestyle should be a way of life and not just a part of it. Of course the best place to start is at the beginning and in your case this means breakfast. The most important meal of the day is called so for good reason. Not only does it get your metabolism fired up to burn off those calories throughout the day. But if done properly prevents you from gorging throughout the day on snacks. Especially the dreaded 11 am hunger pangs that snack food manufacturers are so aware of.
Get your breakfast right by including in it protein rich foods like boiled eggs, fibrous wholegrain bread, and healthy dairy options such as low fat milk and yogurts.
Throughout the day we all get a little peckish. There is nothing to feel guilty about here. Snacking is mother nature’s way to get stocked up on energy that we use up throughout the day, particularly if we have a busy lifestyle. What was not intended by nature though was for us to fill ourselves up on cheap processed and sugary snack.
Fruits and vegetables are packed with beneficial fibres, vitamins and antioxidants. They fill up your stomach fast so you feel full earlier. They are also low in calories and help to keep your calorie count low. Snacking on some grapes or a nice juicy apple is the one of the best ways to fight off the hunger pangs with the added advantage that you are actually doing your body a lot of good by eating them.
I’m sure you have heard the old expression ‘His eyes were bigger than his belly’. If you stop to think about it though it is actually very true. In the last twenty years or so portions sizes have increased significantly in the diets of the western world. Particularly in the USA the birth place of the supersize phenomenon where just one meal from a fast food restaurant can contain over 3000 calories! That’s more than the recommended amount for an entire days eating.
In the home as well, cheaper food from the supermarket especially on pre frozen processed foods such as burgers and pizzas etc has led to a noticeable increase in portion sizes in the home. The simple fact of the matter behind a lot of obesity is that people eat more than they need to. Or they don’t drink enough liquids like water at the table mistaking dehydration for hunger.
Think about your own portions. If you are exceeding the recommended daily limit, see how you can cut down on a day to day basis. Even if this is by just 300 calories a day over a week that adds up to one days worth of food.
Unless you have a photographic memory this last tip is very important. Day to day you really want to be conscious of what you are putting into your body throughout the day. With this in mind you might want to consider keeping a daily food journal recording everything that goes into your body.
This journal should be kept accurately and honestly with the exact foods and times documented. Don’t be tempted to miss out foods that you count as cheats should you give into temptation.
Use this journal to look for trends in your eating habits. For instance, is there a certain time of the day that you are more likely to eat than others? With this knowledge on hand you will be better prepared to form a strategy to prevent mistakes occurring in the future.
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