It seems many of us are in a constant battle with our weight. We struggle to weight loss it and then we struggle to keep it off. What can you do to insure that you will be able to lose the weight and not gain it back?
The very first thing you need to remember is that no matter what works for other people, you need to find the system that works best for you. Everyone is different. Some people can just restrict their calories and drop a few pounds. Others seem to eat whatever they want and are able to lose weight just by exercising. Some people need a combination of the two and still others need some sort of jump start to their program, weight loss supplements or extra hard work.
Even if a certain program worked wonders for your friend, it may not be the bests for you. If the program requires you to take potentially harmful supplements, it is wise to choose another weight loss route. You do not want to do your body more harm than good.
The best overall weight lose option is the one of lifestyle change. Fad diets come and go and you will not want to take supplements for the rest of your life. So making a lifestyle change of better eating habits and practicing regular exercise is the perfect weight loss plan.
By following these four simple tips, you will be able to lose weight and keep it off.
- Eat frequent small meals. Many people mistakenly think that by eating only once a day they will be able to lose weight. This is simply not true. Each time you eat a meal, your metabolism fires up to burn the calories. By eating only once per day you are telling your internal engine to put out the fire and take a rest. If you want to burn excess calories this is not smart! Eat five or six small meals each day to keep your metabolism fired at optimum calorie burning capacity!
- Cut calories without starving. You can eat all your daily calories in a banana split and then starve the rest of the day. Or you can eat filling fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and stay happy and full all day. Your choice – but I think I would like to have a happy tummy!
- Avoid junk food! Yes, this is an obvious one. But how many times do you think that you can have just a little bit. That little bit turns into an entire bag of chips or a large bag of candy! Learn to satisfy your sweet or salty tooth with healthier options. Baked chips, low fat yogurt – Yoplait Whips have a great chocolate flavor! You can find healthy alternatives to junk food and they taste great!
- Exercise – yes, it is that ‘E’ word that so many of us dislike! But exercise doesn’t have to be a drag. Step it up and have fun. Join a dance class, go hiking, play the Wii Fit (now that is fun!). There are so many fun exercise options, this isn’t gym class – you can have fun and get fit at the same time. Park your car further from the door and walk, take the stairs. Every little bit of movement helps. Just remember, the number one key to burning excess fat is cardio, so get that heart rate up!
No matter how you look at it, the best way to weight loss is by eating healthy and exercising. Everyone can benefit from both of these lifestyle changes, just make sure you check with your doctor before you start any exercise program.