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The Best Ways To Lose Weight

Updated on August 18, 2014

Lose Weight

Is your life based around how to lose weight? If you constantly diet, then it probably is. You are temporarily starving your body only to return to your old eating habits once you have reached your target weight or you just can’t take it anymore! The best way to lose weight, and keep it off, is to take a more practical and logical approach to healthy eating and your lifestyle.

There is no secret to losing weight the healthy way - To lose weight you have to reduce your calorie intake and start moving your body. We are so caught up with this term ‘exercise’ that we don’t realise that we do not need to go to the gym or do a ‘workout’ to be excising. Any activity, that gets the blood pumping around your heart, is exercise and you don’t need to go to the gym lose weight and keep fit.

Tips To Lose Weight

Below list some practical tips on how to lose weight without going to the gym

Think of dieting as how many calories you consume in a week not a day. For example, if you should consume 1,780 to lose weight and one day you consume 2,100, just adjust it so that by the end of the week you have only consumed your total calories for the entire week and you will still loseweight.

Carbohydrates give you energy, so try and eat them when you are most active. Reduce them when you are less active, which is probably in the evening. The best time to eat is straight after exercise as your body will burn up the calories very quickly and this will help you to lose weight. Do not eat high calorie food while sitting watching the television, try low calorie food. Even better, try not to eat while watching TV, you will eat much more than you realise.

Don’t eat left overs on the same day, leave them until the next day. As well as being able to lose weight you will also save money as this means less food to cook the next day.

Reduce sugar and carbonated drinks and increase your water intake as much as you can this will also help you to lose weight. These drinks have hidden with calories. Did you know a can of coke has 144 calories – three of these and you’re at almost consumed the calories for a full meal! Try herbal teas and water. Add lemon to water to make it more palatable. Drink water throughout the day. Drink a glass before your meal. Try not to drink too much water during your meal, as water dilutes you the acids in your stomach and so makes digestion of your food slower.

Try to cook from fresh as you know how much calories are in what you cook and pre-packaged food are laden with excess calories. If you have to eat a pre-packaged meal, try and have half the portion and prepare vegetables or a salad to go with it.

Have smaller meals and snack throughout the day
. Do not sit down and eat one large meal, this is very difficult for the body to digest. Have snacks put aside for times when you need a quick fix. Snack at least four times a day in between main meals. .

Do not buy the food that is not good for you. Once you have it in the cupboards it is very difficult for you not to eat it. If you want to buy snacks for the children, consider healthy options for them also. Do they really need to eat potato chips/crisps or cookies/biscuits. I don’t think so. Think of other healthy foods that they may like such as popcorn, fruit, pancakes or baked crisps.

Eat more fresh fruit, tin fruit is fine – try and get sugar free. Popcorn is good – get a popcorn maker, it makes a lovely snack – no sugar, please! Okay a tiny bit as a treat!

Are your thirsty or hungry? Often when we think we are hungry when we are thirsty, so drink water before reaching for that snack.

Find out how many calories you need and try and stick to this. This tool with help you find the calories you need to maintain your weight and the calories you need to lose weight.

Fly high when you lose weight
Fly high when you lose weight | Source

Diet and Exercise

As I stated before, it is important to move your body. Here are some practical ways you can take more exercise and help you with that diet and exercise plan:

- Walk up the stairs whenever you can try not to take the elevator/lift
- Dance to songs you enjoy whenever you can and do fun activities with the kids
-Don’t sit down when you are talking on the phone, walk around and do some small chores as you walk and talk

- Leave the remote control alone, get up and turn the television over
- Get out and do some window shopping but leave your credit cards and money at home

- Find some muscle building activities and start to work those muscles - 15 minutes a day is better than no minutes a day. As you get older it is important to build muscle as you lose muscles as you get older

- When you take children to the park, walk around the perimeter. You can exercise and still watch them.
- Do the housework but do it with vigour, really work that body!
- Get down on your hands and knees and clean the floor!
- Tidy up the garden and go for a walk around the garden for 20 minutes, just go round in a circle
- Walk to the train station if you can, rather than taking the bus to it. Get off one stop too early and walk the rest of your journey

- Try something new each month such as ice-skating, running, jogging, join a dance class, walking or dancing

- Find a hobby that takes you away from food such as reading, painting or learn a new language

- Take a lunch break away from the computer and go for a walk

Drink Water and Lose Weight

Diet - 10 Reasons To Drink More Water

Hunger Pangs - this can be relieved by drinking water, because when we are dehydrated we often presume we are hungry. Try drinking a glass of water first before reaching for that snack.

1: Calorie Free - Water is calorie free, has no caffeine. If you really don't like the taste try adding a slice of lemon or an organic fruit mix.

2: Toxins in Body
- Water flushes out toxins and waste products from our body.

3: How to Improve Your Complexion
- Drink it regularly for a healthy glow and clearer skin. When you are hydrated you feel and look fresh!

4: Water Retention - The less water you drink the more your body retains water. Drink water to have less water retention.

5: Grocery bill- This will be less as you have to spend less money on carbonated and sugar laden drinks.

6: Fibre - The fibre in food you eats absorbs water, making you feel fuller when you eat - this makes these food more volumetric.

7: Good Teeth
- Water will not rot your teeth , as the sugar content is nil.

8: Water - Unlike sugary drinks water is absorbed into the body slowly and so helps you to feel full.

9: Maintain Weight - In order to maintain your weight, you need to avoid sugary drinks and stay well hydrated with water. You can learn to do this.

An alternative to Water- sparkling mineral water, herbal teas, low calorie soups. Stay away from diet sodas they are laden with chemicals. Try drinking water from a nice wine or cocktail glass - it makes a difference, try it and see!

Lose weight and fit into those jeans.
Lose weight and fit into those jeans. | Source

Think about your waist

Studies have shown that a waistline measurement of 35inches or more for a woman means that you are at greater risk of heart disease .

For men, a waistline measurement of 40 inches or above means a greater risk of heart disease.

What You Can Do:

Replace carbonated sugary drink with water - at least 6 to eight glasses a day.

Cut back on salt.

Not too much food that causes Gas – e.g cabbage and broccoli

Chewing gum - cut back on this, as you are just swallowing air, which will give you a bloated stomach.

Fried food – this is digested slowly and so will make you feel heavy and bloated.

Try not to eat a heavy meal late at night this can cause even a flat stoach to become bloated over night

Try and eat small meals throughout the day. Do not leave yourself to get to a point where you are 'starving'. Eating throughout the day will maintain your energy levels. It also means that you burn calories steadily.


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      kanchan chaurasia 3 years ago

      Was really a mind opener note, written in simple language.

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      zanin 6 years ago from London, England

      Thank you fastfreta, Dim and Suziecat7. Yes, housework can make us lose weight, if we do it enough and I'm glad that it has motivated you Dim to move your body more! I'm glad you like the advice Suziecat7. Nina

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Lots of wonderful advice here. Thanks.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

      Thank you very much. This was very helpful to me and has motivated me to start eating properly and moving more.

      Great hub. Take care.

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      These are the types of hubs I can never pass by without reading. I'm glad I didn't with this one, because I found one gem that I never thought of. The one about doing housework with vigor, never thought about that one. Very good hub, zanin, voted up/useful.