- Diet & Weight Loss
How to Lose Weight: Tips for a Lifestyle Change
Why Diets Don't Work
Any person who wants to lose weight can ramble off all of the popular diets. There's Weight Watchers, Atkins, South Beach, 17 Day Diet, etc. Each one with rules governing your food consumption, each promising weight loss and success. If you stick to a diet, it will unquestionably work. As long as you stick to it. Break the rules and the diet is broken; you won't see the results you are looking for.
Being on a diet is not a way to live your life. Restrictions of certain foods, being bound to rules day in and day out can wear on a person and won't arm anyone with the techniques that are needed to maintain weight loss. If the weight is lost, the diet stops, but healthy habits have not been made so sure enough the weight will always come back on. It's better to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle, where food groups aren't eliminated, but good habits are developed.
How to Lose Weight: Lifestyle Changes
- Don't Diet - Get the term diet out of your vocabulary. In order to lose weight successfully you cannot constantly be on a diet. You need to commit to a change in lifestyle and habit, one that will help the weight come of slowly and healthily.
- Stay Hydrated - It is important to stay hydrated. Not only does your body operate at full speed when you are hydrated, many times we eat when we think we're hungry, but we're really just thirsty. Try to carry water with you everywhere you go. If you don't like the flavor of water, try to flavor it. Apple Cinnamon Water is a delicious way to drink water that has the added benefit of boosting metabolism.
- Moderation - They key to weight loss is moderation. It's difficult to constantly be counting, constantly be tracking food that goes in. Be mindful of nutrition facts and try to stay within the amount of daily calories you should intake. (Check out this easy to use calorie chart from WebMd).
- Pay Attention to Your Body - Your body will help you moderate your food intake, you just need to learn how to listen to the signs. Don't eat yourself stuffed so that your stomach hurts. Eat until you feel satisfied and stop. You don't have to eat everything on your plate, and you can always have leftovers. When you feel hungry, have a small snack rather than waiting until you are so hungry it doesn't matter what you eat.
- Stack Your Fridge/Pantry in Your Favor - Don't buy junk food and you won't eat junk food. When you have fruits and vegetables in your fridge, you will be more likely to grab them quickly and eat them. When you have junk that's available just as easy, you will eat it. The more fruits and vegetables you eat, the healthier the food you put in your mouth, the better it will taste and the less you will crave processed foods. In fact, cut out processed foods as much as possible. Just eliminating chemicals and preservatives will help your body run more efficiently. On that note, don't drink pop--even diet pop. If you want carbonation, get some sparkling water and mix it with juice. The chemicals in pop, even diet pop, will not help you to lose weight.
- Exercise - You don't have to go to the gym and do hours of working out every day or even several times a week. You don't even have to go to the gym. Just move. Dance, walk, play with your kids or your dogs. Get your body moving as much as you can throughout the day.
- Weigh Yourself Frequently - It's painful to step on the scale, especially after a holiday or some time not eating healthy foods, but you can't deny it. Checking your weight frequently, even once a week, will help you to see any weight gain and do something about it before it gets out of control. It also helps you see your weight loss and validate all of the healthy changes you have made!
Once you make these lifestyle changes, it is easier to move your lifestyle into a direction of being a healthier person. For most people, making healthy changes will result in weight loss. Eating less calories and a diet of more healthy foods will help you lose weight. It is important to lose weight slowly. It's alright to lose a few pounds and not lose any for a week or two before you lose some more. Give your body a chance to reset itself as you lose weight and get comfortable at being at a lesser weight.
Don't go so overboard in your changes all at once that you find it hard to keep up. Work healthy changes in slowly and over time so that they become habits you keep. It's really difficult to expect all of the changes you make to stick if you are overwhelmed with trying to keep track of them. It becomes easier and easier to slip back into old habits.
These healthy habits are sure to help you gain energy and lose weight!