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Guides to a Healthy Weight Loss

Updated on February 19, 2013

I’ve been maintaining my weight for more than 6 months now. My weight loss was an amazing journey; and maintaining the weight is just as exciting.

I check the scale every time I hit the gym. I make sure I don’t gain or loss too much. Now, I’m at 50 kilos. The most weight I allow myself to gain is up to 3 kilos. When I reach that limit, I know I have to go back to my weight loss routines.

These healthy weight loss tips are not about fast weight loss. I don’t recommend special diets, too. I lost weight and currently maintaining my ideal weight the good old-fashioned way. That’s what I like to share with you.

First of all, skipping meals, crash diets or any ju-ju fast is not the way towards a healthy weight loss. Losing weight is not about starving yourself to death. You may lose some or a lot of weight during this exercise. After the hype however, you may gain more than what you actually lost over a shorter period of time.

The best guide to a healthy weight loss is simple - proper diet, regular exercise and self-discipline.

Proper diet. This means eating breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can have snacks in between meals, if you’re feeling hungry.

  • The idea towards a healthy weight loss is eating light and right. Eat in small portions. Not because the salad bar is open, means you’ll fill up your plate with extra servings.
  • Choose healthy snacks. Avoid foods with saturated and trans fats. Instead, enjoy nuts, dark chocolates, green vegetables and colorful fruits.
  • Load up with complex carbohydrates. You need to give up simple carbs and sweets to achieve a healthy weight loss. Substitute white rice with brown rice. Eat wheat breads, corn, potatoes and squash.
  • Drink more water. You’d be surprised how many calories you can burn by simply drinking water. Avoid sugar-filled and caffeinated drinks that can only add up to your weight.

Regular exercise. A healthy weight loss requires exercise more than just once a month or a week. If you have lots to lose, exercise at least 5 times a week.

-Start with simple cardio exercises. If you don’t have time to go to a gym, there are plenty of at-home cardio exercises that you can fit in your schedule.

-Strength training exercises will help strengthen your core muscles. Add strength training to your routine after you have lost some weight. It will help you burn more, faster.

Self-discipline. There will come a time that you may feel like slacking off or pigging out. That's fine; it's normal. Just make sure you get back on the saddle soon. The problem with a healthy weight loss plan is that it's easy not to do. You don't have to follow a set of meal plates; or a routine program.

Healthy weight loss will not help you lose weight fast. It will however help you lose weight and keep the weight off for a long, long time. This healthy weight loss plan is all YOU. It's your success and your failure. Anyone can do it; so why can't you.

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    • beingwell profile image

      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      If you're only maintaining your weight, 3x a week is fine, my friend.

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      Redberry Sky 5 years ago

      Really good tips, not just for weight loss but for all-round health. I only exercise about 3 times a week, but you're right - when I put the effort in to fit in an extra couple of sessions a week I notice a big difference to how good I feel, and I maintain a healthy weight more easily. Useful information and a great motivating Hub.

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks for your response, layla. That's absolutely right! I'm off to my run in a few while. I'm hoping to run 10k soooon!