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Wanna Lose Weight? Here's 7 Easy Steps!
Weight Loss is about WILLPOWER!
Alright folks, summertime is here and there are already beaches filled with pumped guys and bikini wearing girls. You're just not ready for this time of year yet because it was difficult enough just getting through winter. The fact is during winter time many let go of their usual eating habits because they wear heavier clothes and hide the fat within. There is nothing to be ashamed of because a lot of folks do this. The key is to lose the little weight that you might have put on this winter. Weight loss is fairly easy if you have the willpower to do it and stick to it. All you have to do is eat in portion sizes and make sure it's sensible. I myself felt trapped behind my body fat for years! I tried everything in the book from Richard Simmons to Suzanne Somers and nothing was working. It seemed like the only thing they did was make me feel guilty for eating a bag of popcorn. Well, folks I'm going to share with you the way that I lost the weight and kept it off. Sure it is easier said than done right? But, 7 steps to weight loss sounds pretty easy to follow than other gimmicks found on the web. So, strap on your learning shoes because we are looking ahead and after tomorrow you will never look back.
1.) The Key Word is MINI-MEAL
Every time that you eat your plate should consist of a few things like a little fat and a big bulk of fiber to give you a " I'm full " feeling. This might take some time and of course planning, but it is a lot better than eating a quick bag of potato chips. What I used to do was eat an apple followed by some plain yogurt because it satisfied my appetite. At lunch I would eat a baked potato, which is 100 calories, and is more satisfying than 20 potato chips. If you don't want a plain potato, feel free to top it with 1/4 cup of low fat cottage cheese. I guarantee after you eat, you will fill a lot fuller than you usually would for less than 200 calories.
2.) Never, EVER Deprive Yourself
You never want to have a deprived or hungry feeling! If you do this by cutting calories drastically, then your body will go into famine mode and ultimately slow down the metabolism. So, don't count calories to punish yourself folks. Weight loss is a pleasure and never a punishment! Estimate your portions is the key to planning meals. Lets say that you want to reduce your daily calorie intake from 3,000 to 2,500? Or perhaps reduce your portion sizes about 25%? Within the first week your body will adjust to the portion sizes and will seem normal.
3.) Eat healthy, but give yourself a little TREAT.
With every diet there should at least be some time where you can eat what you may and enjoy yourself. This can be a reward for all the hard work that you have done. So, when your CHEAT time comes DO NOT SPLURGE! This will throw everything you have worked for out of the window. Instead eat smaller portions and do it wisely. If you want a cheeseburger try to purchase a kiddie version, instead of the KING SIZE. Or, if you want a nice juicy steak make sure you eat some veggies along with it to fill you up. Part of the process is to enjoy ordinary food as well as delicacies.
4.) Don't DRINK On The Pounds
Have you looked on a can of Pepsi nowadays? There are 150 calories in only one can! If you were to drink 3 of these a day, you would be adding an extra 450 calories to your daily intake. Instead of drinking your weight gain in soda try to use a more filling substitute like water or tea. If you switch to water or flavored water it is much better and filling.
5.) The Perfect Partner to your Weight Loss is EXERCISE
Try to combine your weight loss with daily exercise. Wake up a few minutes early and take a brisk walk around your neighborhood. After work ride your bicycle around the park and enjoy the fresh air. Focus on how you look and feel when trying to lose weight. After all inches lost goes in hand with weight lost. Also, keep in mind that muscle weighs more than fat.
6.) Savor Every Meal and Make Them Last
Yes, another key to weight loss is eating slowly. Where most Americans make their mistakes is they eat fast and won't feel full until you have eaten too much. Try to eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly and don't put more in your mouth until you have savored that one bite.
7.) What TRIGGERS You To Eat
What tempts you the most to eat? When you come home from work do you sit down and start eating while watching your favorite show? This is not unusual because many Americans do this. Perhaps you use food as a way to help cope with stress or problems you may be having? Well filling yourself with fatty foods will not fill the gap of hurt or stress. When you discover what triggers eating habits it is the first step to self-control. If you can follow these easy steps you will find yourself happier, healthier, and more confident. Never look back and always stay positive!