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7 Ways To Lose Weight

Updated on June 17, 2012

There are a lot more than 7 ways to lose weight, a whole book could be filled. With the nation over one third obese, losing weight should be high on your agenda. Being over weight not only affects your health, it hits you right in the wallet. Spending too much on food, doctor visits, and medicine can all be avoided.


Eat smaller multi-meals

Many people still eat three huge meals a day.This should be divided up into five or six smaller meals. It will keep your metabolism higher which will burn more calories. You should not eat until you are full or stuffed, stop when you are no longer hungry. Do not take a nap after eating because this will slow don the burning of calories, which is what you do not want.


Drink water

Drinking water will help you feel fuller so you will eat less. Drink a full glass before you start eating any meal. Cut out all surgery drinks, especially pop. Most of these have well over an ounce of sugar in a twelve ounce can and are full of empty calories. This will also cause sharp rises in blood sugar, which could eventually lead to type 2 diabetes.


Exercise and exercise

This is something that requires a lot of will power. The first exercise you need to do is push yourself away from the table. Try to walk at least an hour a day. Riding a bicycle is is a good way to get some exercise and if you can ride back and forth to work,it is even better. This will save money on gas and wear and tear on your car. Do push ups, jumping jacks, and even toe touches. If you cannot do a push up, hold your self in push up position on your forearms like in the picture for at least a minute several times a day. You will be able to feel the tension on your abs and soon your stomach will start getting smaller.


Avoid eating out

While looking for ways to lose weight, look away from restaurants. Most of these are packed with high calorie foods which you are trying to avoid. Not only will you save calories, you will also save money. Fresh fruits and vegetables are much better for you and should be the base of what you eat. Small portions of meat, chicken, and fish will complement these. Learning to cook with flavor makes eating at home enjoyable.


Keep a food journal

Keep a journal and use it 7 days a week. Keep track of all the food you eat, everything you drink, and you will be surprised at the calories you consume. This way you will know what you need stop eating. Get a good calorie calculator and use it. You will not lose weight if you do things halfway. This is a war and you must win all the battles you can. Know what you burn each day and what you consume. This way you know what direction you are going.


Use a reward system

Reward yourself for gains that you make. Not just with a food treat, but with a new piece of clothing you have been wanting, some new music, or even a small vacation. With the money you save from eating out, you might even be able to take an extended trip. This will make you feel much better about yourself and perhaps give you extra will power to stay in shape forever.


Set a goal

Set a goal on how much you want to lose each week, month, and year. Be realistic about it. Do not set a goal for losing 7 pounds a week when it is impossible for you to achieve. Go for what you think you can achieve and if you do not make it, do not get discouraged. Do not give up. If you want to lose weight, giving up will not do it. Just reset your goals and keep on trying. Weigh yourself every day but do not be fooled if the pounds are not coming off as fast as you think they should. With you exercising, a lot of muscle is replacing some of the pounds, which will make you look better and is much more enjoyable. These are the 7 ways to lose weight. Don't give up and you will win the war.



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    • kennynext profile imageAUTHOR

      kennynext 

      6 years ago from Everywhere

      Thank you Teaches. Keeping a journal is the only way to know what you are really consuming, and you might be suprised where your calories are coming from.

    • kennynext profile imageAUTHOR

      kennynext 

      6 years ago from Everywhere

      Thanks Christy. We do not want to punish ourself for trying to lose weight, so we need something to look forward to.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      You have listed the essentials for getting into a healthier lifestyle on this hub. Excellent job! I like your journal keeping idea. It will keep a person focused on his/her goals.

    • ChristyWrites profile image

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your hub stands out to me because you include the rewards system. That is so important; say thank-you to yourself for your hard work with a reward. Good idea!

    • kennynext profile imageAUTHOR

      kennynext 

      6 years ago from Everywhere

      Thanks Geisha, I hope you win your fight and don't forget to take a good mult-vitamin to make sure you are not losing out on what you need.

    • kennynext profile imageAUTHOR

      kennynext 

      6 years ago from Everywhere

      thank you shiningeyes, espically with the kids, all the video games, computers, and cell phones makes kids just sit around without exercise. When I was young, I was almost always outdoors somewhere doing something.

    • Literary Geisha profile image

      Literary Geisha 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      excellent advice! i know for a fact that drinking water does help one lose weight, but i always thought it was more to aid the body's metabolism than for that "fuller" feeling.

      i was thinking of trying everything you put here all at once to really make things happen. lately i've been more concerned about controlling my weight than losing it. seeing this presented in a way i could understand has put things in perspective for me.

    • shiningirisheyes profile image

      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Great write, although I know I always say this but it's true. One of the major issues with obesity is the technology. Although it is amazing, it has its draw backs and one is lack of movement and exercise. Too many technological games that are there at the fingertips.

      Regards

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