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Help Tips for Losing Weight

Updated on January 10, 2011

For most people who take on the dreaded challenge of losing weight, they often quickly realize just how difficult this task truly can be, especially when you haven't acquired all the necessary information to shed those excess pounds. Although it can seem overwhelming how to choose what weight loss tips actually do and don't work, with a little research, common sense, and patience anyone can successfully figure out what steps they need to take in order to lose weight and to keep the weight loss off.

There's of course the more obvious ways to shed some excess pounds like eating between 1,200 and 1,800 calories a day, drinking plenty of water, exercising and staying active, and having adequate amounts of sleep, but there are still plenty of other important tips that aid weight loss that you many currently be unaware of. That's where this article should really come in handy for you.

Now, here's a list of a few great weight loss tips that can really help you in your weight loss journey.

# 1. Break Up Your Work Outs

Many recent studies have show that instead of doing your regular work out routines all at once, try breaking them up. For example, if you run for 60 minutes a day, if possible try working out in intervals of 30 minutes twice a day or 20 minutes three times a day. Splitting up your exercise routine keeps your metabolism staying at a higher rate more consistently throughout the day, opposed to if you just were to complete your work out all at once.

# 2. Drink Ice Water

Ice water aids weight loss by increasing the calories you burn. Drinking plenty of ice water works because in order for your body to get the cold water up to it's own temperature, your body must use energy just to simply heat itself to warm the water. Ice water definitely is not a get skinny quick solution, but all those calories you burn really do add up.

# 3. Set Realistic Goals

If you're planning to lose way to many pounds a week, than you have pretty much set yourself up for disappointment and failure. If you give yourself realistic long term and short goals that work for you as an individual than you're more likely to stick with your weight loss plans, while managing to stay healthy.

# 4. Fiber

Not only does fiber make you more full and fuller for longer, but it also helps to keep your digestive system in track, which is key to losing weight. Another benefit of fiber is that it takes away some of the fat content in meals by attaching itself to the fat and, then the fiber drags the fat out with it. By doing this, your body takes in less fat than what you actually consumed.

# 5. Plenty of Protein

Protein, carbs, and fat all burn a certain percentage of their own calories just from the digestion process per each gram. Fat burns the lowest percentage of its calories, carbs burn the second  to the least percentage of it's own calories, and protein actually burns the highest percentage of its calories. Because of this consuming healthy amounts of protein while dieting can definitely increase your weight loss.

Protein is also beneficiary in helping to maintain and increase a person's muscle mass. If you have low amounts of muscle mass, than your body loses weight at a much slower rate. Plus, meals that are a good source of protein will keep the appetite satisfied for longer periods of time. Always make sure though not to over do it on your protein consumption since too much protein can turn into excess fat grams, and you obviously don't want that to happen.

# 6. Hang Around Healthy People

On average dieters who hang around with people and friends who are healthy eaters and live a considerably active lifestyle, will tend to follow in their friends footsteps and will have a higher chance of successful weight loss. Dieters who tend to hang around and associate themselves with friends that have unhealthy eating and lifestyle habits are more likely to lose less weight, crash on their diet plants, or gain back the weight they lost. The lesson is, try to place yourself around with who you want to be like.

# 8. Good Fat is Still Fat

Mono-unsaturated, omega 3's, and polyunsaturated fats are important to your health and diet, but just because they're 'healthy' fats doesn't mean that you shouldn't count how many grams of them you're eating. Yes, healthy fats are probably five times better than saturated or transfats, but 'fat' is simply still 'fat,' and too much of any of any fat can stunt your weight loss goals. Remember all fats should be ate in moderation.

For more information on healthy foods that increase your metabolism then you should definitely check out my other hub on 5 Foods That Increase Your Metabolism,

# 7. Lay Low On the Sugar

If your goal is to lose weight than sugar honestly has to be one your worst enemies. It's very vital to lay low on the sugary foods you consume. Sugar only equals empty calories, turns itself into bad fats, and you even build up a tolerance and an addiction to sweets, which in return tricks your body into craving sugary foods that are actually completely unnecessary.

Cutting back on sugar can be very, very difficult at first, but in the long run you'll become more successful with your weight loss journey, and realize that giving up those sugar loaded foods were 100% worth the effort that you put in.


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