Deciding to lose weight is a big step. As with anything worth doing, it takes a certain amount of time, planning, and commitment.
The following are some tips of successful dieters…
More often than you think, your hunger pangs may actually be caused by dehydration. In fact, most Americans are chronically dehydrated. Drinking a consistent amount of water every day will help you to feel more full and also keep you feeling alert and energetic. An added bonus: hydration actually boosts your metabolic rate and increases calorie burn.
Listen to your body
This is all about mindful eating. It can take the body 20 minutes to signal that it is full, but many of us eat so quickly that we don’t pay attention to what our body is telling us. We also tend to consume more calories when we are eating while working, watching television, or otherwise distracted.
Don’t starve yourself
Despite all evidence to the contrary, many people believe that skipping meals can help them to lose weight. This just isn’t true. Skipping meals most often leads to a drop in blood sugar, which causes fatigue, and also leads to overeating later on. The most successful dieters actually eat smaller meals more often.
Stock up wisely
If your cupboards are filled with junk food it is far too easy to give in to temptation. Likewise, if you have nothing on hand, it is easy to decide to grab fast food or order in instead of making a meal. If you keep your house stocked with healthy staples and snacks, it will be much easier to avoid temptation.
This is the hardest part for many people, but one of the most important keys to losing weight and keeping it off for the long term. Try not to think of it as a chore, instead, find exercises and activities that you enjoy and stick with them. Aim for 30 minutes of activity at least 5 days per week. It has been shown that even breaking it up into 10-minute increments is effective for fitness and weight loss.
Some dieters believe in “cheat days” or giving themselves the weekend off from dieting. However, it is really better to stay as consistent as possible. This does not mean that you cannot indulge every now and then, just not in excess.
Support of family or friends is a great help to keep you on track with weight loss. Get your family involved in meal planning, let your kids help with meal planning, get out and play in the park with friends, or just use them as an ear when you are feeling overwhelmed.
Avoid fad diets
Fad diets are just that; fads. It is true that some of them may cause you to lose weight quickly in the short term, but truly losing weight and being healthy in the long term requires making changes that you can actually stick with.
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