No one likes to hear the word “diet” even if they want to lose weight; it just sounds so restrictive. If you search the web on “weight loss,” you will finds hundreds of “diets” most of them in the fad diet category, which are bad news. The key to successful weight loss is to learn a new way of eating that allows you to lose those extra pounds while teaching you a healthy lifestyle. The attitude that food is the center of life has to be smashed, so you can develop a new plan of healthy eating.
Tips for the Journey
• The truth is that diet and exercise are the two main elements that make up a lifestyle. Choosing nutrition for the body is a start on the road to weight loss and good health. No one else can make the decision for you. Others can support you by exercising with you, but you are ultimately the one who has to make the decision to care about yourself. A friend who sees your vision and sticks with you is a good friend to have.
• Using a small scale to weigh portions is a good idea until you are familiar with right-sized portions. Learning a healthy way of life is not difficult, it is just different, and you are changing eating habits that you’ve had for years. The payoffs will definitely outweigh the inconveniences.
• Stick with your plan. A healthy plan consists of eating smaller portions, four or five times a day, so your metabolism is consistently fed and you will ward off hunger. Counting calories is an unavoidable fact because 3,500 calories equals one pound. You need to find a way to reduce 3,500 calories in order to loose one pound. An average number of calories a say for weight loss are 1,200 a day for women and 2,000 for men. (Is that fair?)
• Google the foods that you eat the most. Are they filled with vitamins and minerals? How many calories are in a serving? What is a serving? This will be challenging at first, but you will get the hang of it in no time.
• To lose those 3,500 calories, exercise must get in the picture. Start out simply, but do it. Squeeze 20 minutes to a half hour of walking every day. Not only will your body burn more calories, you will release stress, find time to organize the rest of your day and feel much better. (See more at London Weight Management)