Lose Weight Forever: Top Tips for Easy Permanent Weight Loss

It's not all about lettuce

Lose Weight and Keep it off Forever
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Firstly: Before I mention any tips for weight loss: you must be realistic about your weight. Know the recommended weight for your build and height. Also, get a clean bill of health before you make any drastic changes to your diet, especially if you are very over weight.

Secondly: Don't make excuses, just get on with it. Lying about what you eat, or how many times you've gone for a walk makes no difference to anyone but you. Look at the bigger picture.

It's about healthy foods

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A Few Pointers

Sensible weight loss is crucial to be effective and permanent. If you are very over weight or are carrying your weight in one particular area more than others and you lose weight too quickly you are in danger of the following...

  • Putting all the weight back on, and more.
  • Binge eating.
  • Having loose saggy skin and folds of skin.
  • Being bad tempered and irritable.
  • Suffering from headaches and dizziness.
  • Suffering with constipation or diarrhea.
  • Being tired/lethargic.
  • Feeling sapped of energy.

Low fat can be full flavour

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A Few Important Basics

  • The average woman needs 2000 calories a day and the average man 2500 calories a day. You will need to cut those calories by 500. Girls you're down to 1500 calories a day and boys you have 2000 calories a day.
  • As you lose weight you need to tone up. It is essential that you exercise. Add in a 30 minute brisk walk 4 times a week, and you will burn off a further 500 calories per week.
  • Visit your local swimming baths twice a week for a 30 minute swim and you'll burn a further 420 calories per week. Better still opt for the ocean and you'll burn even extra calories swimming in the surf.
  • Walk whenever possible, wherever possible: park your car a little further away from work; get off the bus two stops before your stop, get up 20 minutes earlier and go for a quick stroll.
  • Pass on the elevator and take the stairs whenever possible.
  • Keep active during the day; stretch your limbs if sitting for long periods at work.
  • Potter at home or in the garden. Every single movement you make burns calories even those mundane household chores. Bottom line: get moving.


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Top Ten Weight Loss Tips

  • Bin The Fat:

Chose lean cuts of meat and trim off any excess fat. Crackling and crispy skin are laden with calories and fat; not to mention the effect fat has on your heart and your arteries.

  • Always Eat Breakfast:

A piece of fruit, a smoothie or a yogurt drink are better than nothing. The reason behind this; to kick start your system. Meaning your bowel movements will be regular and your system flushed through. A healthy digestive system is important even more so when losing weight. Missing breakfast won't help you lose weight.

  • Don't Eat Too Many Green Leafy Vegetables:

Too many green leafy vegetables for example cabbage, kale and spinach can cause wind and bloating to the stomach. Eat a good variety of vegetables, not just leafy ones.

  • Eat Fruit On It's Own:

Fruit takes time to digest. Eating fruit too close to your main meals can cause unease in your stomach. The food can sit in your stomach for a considerable time before digesting completely. This will make you feel sluggish and lazy.

  • Keep A Food Diary:

Yes, a food diary. It's amazing how many people grab a biscuit, pinch a few fries or eat their kids leftovers and don't recall doing it.

  • Know What Your Eating:

Low fat products often contain almost the same calories and fat as the real mccoy. You eat twice has much thinking that it's ok, when in actual fact you'd be better off sticking with a little of the full fat version.

  • Buy A Calorie Counter:

It's amazing the foods that have a high fat and/or calorie content. Some breakfast cereals carry more calories than a poached egg on toast. Your average bagel can tip the scales at 300 calories; without the cream cheese.

  • Opt For Fresh Juice:

Many shop bought juices are full of sugar. A glass of juice goes towards your five a day.

  • Make A Batch Of Homemeade Soup:

Soup is a filling, low fat snack and also goes toward your five a day. Freeze in individual portions and defrost as required.

  • Tell Your Friends And Family:

Tell your family and your friends you've decided to improve your health. You may even get a few supporters along the way. Exercising with a few friends will help motivate you, especially in the beginning.

A Sample 1500 Calorie Menu

I realise some people may think 1500 calories a day is very little food, but that doesn't have to be the case. There are many foods that are tasty, low in fat and calories. Below is a sample menu to give you an idea of the amount of food you can eat for 1500 calories.

Breakfast:

  • 200 ml of fresh orange juice 60 cals
  • 2 small poached eggs 140 cals
  • 2 grilled pieces of lean bacon 100 cals
  • 1 grilled tomato 20 cals
  • 1 grilled waffle 95 cals
  • black coffee 5 cals

Total calories 420

Lunch:

  • cup of soup 100 cals
  • small brown roll 100 cals
  • 1/2 teaspoon of butter 35 cals

Total calories 235

Dinner:

  • 5 oz chicken breast grilled 150 cals
  • 1 medium jacket potato 160 cals
  • 1 corn on the cob 90 cals
  • 1 cup of steamed broccoli 10 cals
  • 1/2 teaspoons of butter (for your vegetables) 105 calories

Total calories 515

Extras:

  • 2 sml plums 80 cals
  • 2 shortbread biscuits 80 cals
  • 1 x 150 ml glass of white wine 100 cals
  • 1 after eight dinner mint 35 cals

Total calories 295


Total calories for the day 1465 calories

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Boys can add a few extra calories, for example: add an extra waffle at breakfast 95 cals; an extra roll and butter and double your soup at lunch 235 cals; an extra jacket potato for dinner 160 cals; an extra piece of fruit 40 cals.

Total calories for the day 1995 calories

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The above menu doesn't scream diet: it's simply eating a little healthier. Losing weight is not about dropping stones in weeks, it's about teaching yourself and your family to eat healthier. Little tips like the ones I've mentioned are very easy to add to your daily lives with very little effort. Being aware of your food and what you eat will make a huge difference to your waistline.

Don't put losing weight off any longer, start today. A little exercise and a few changes in your diet will carve the way to a slimmer you. Dieting doesn't have to be a plate of salad and treats don't have to be banned. Losing weight really can be easy and healthy. Be aware and start to care about your body today. Good luck, and remember: slow weight loss is successful weight loss and successful weight loss is our aim.


Why Can't You Lose Weight?

  • I simply love food
  • I drink too much alcohol
  • I hardly ever exercise
  • I'm too busy to cook healthy meals
  • I'm just lazy and can't be bothered to lose weight
  • I can't follow diets
  • I have no will power
  • I don't eat that much, yet I'm still over weight
  • There's not enough hours in the day to worry about my weight problem
  • The canteen in work is free
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Gabriel Wilson 2 years ago from Madeira, Portugal Author

Hi passionate77, it takes time to lose weight and if you have a bad day don't let that spoil all the good work you've done. Make a fruit salad bowl and leave it in the fridge, when you feel like snacking have some fruit. Also make a large bowl of fresh soup and leave that in the fridge, heat some through when you're hungry to stave off hunger pangs. Homemade smoothies and juices are good too, the are quick to make and will last a good few days in the fridge. With very few calories they are great for weight loss. Check out my zero calorie foods list to help choose the right foods for your soups, smoothies and juices. I wish you success and will power :)


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passionate77 2 years ago

very helpful post, i just bookmarked the page and its full of lot of info about my constant battle, lol, just envy how lucky are the people who never had weight gain problem. just wish i were the one too, anyway thanks for sharing such nice menu planning and so easy and effective tips, stay blessed !


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Gabriel Wilson 4 years ago from Madeira, Portugal Author

Hi Molly, I hope it is :) Tanx for reading.


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Molly Loses 4 years ago from Florida

Helpful, thank you!

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