With These Awesome Weight Loss Tips, Who Needs A Diet Plan?
Healthy eating and its implementation can lead to a healthier life for you and your family.
Food is a pleasant part of life and healthy foods that you really enjoy can be successfully important in a weight loss plan. Pleasure and sustainability are two of the main reasons why a healthy eating plan is a much better solution than a diet plan if you want to lose weight and keep it off permanently.
Of course, rapid weight loss is something we all aspire to and should be one of the most important aspects of any healthy lifestyle change. By implementing a handful of these tips, you are well on your way to achieving your weight loss goal.
If you care about your food and environment, how much you eat, when you eat it and how you can easily provide it, you will be successful.
Don't lead yourself to damage your metabolism by eating calories - dense or without a good diet. Fast food is very high in calories and will not help you achieve your weight loss goals very easily.
We have rounded up important "Do's" and "Don't" that will help you achieve weight loss goals.
Do: Staying Hydrated.
Drinking is as important as eating when trying to achieve natural, permanent weight loss. Water keeps your metabolism, namely your kidneys and liver, working efficiently to break down and remove waste from the body. This allows increasing your metabolic rate and finally burning more calories.
Don’t: Skip The Protein.
Eating the right combination and an abundance of amino acids builds muscle. Since amino acids are the building blocks of protein you have to get enough. There is a lot of talk about protein amounts regarding muscle growth, fat loss, and fat gain.
Some say athletes should consume 2-3 times their body weight in grams of protein in order to build mass. Others say extra protein isn’t necessary, so don’t worry about it too much.
Lean protein diets will help keep your body healthy and happy, and they can even help you lose weight. Keep it around the middle, consume about your body weight in grams of protein and you’ll avoid muscle loss.
Do: Eat More Vegetables.
Fibre is the key with vegetables. A high fibre intake will leave you feeling full longer therefore reducing your overall caloric intake. Eating a high veggie diet will also keep your metabolism revved up longer therefore allowing calories to be burned for a longer period of time. So, don’t be shy and make leafy green and multi-colored vegetables a big part of your daily diet.
Don’t: Skip Meals.
Never skip meals. You may be thinking that you are doing yourself a favor, but it’s wrong. Your body is very smart. It can tell when there is a calorie deficit, and this is the first reaction to this calorie deficit to capture any body fat so that you can ensure that it has enough energy to function properly. Did you get that?
Your body will keep your body so that it doesn’t starve. Therefore, it becomes almost impossible for you to burn this fat because you are fighting against your body's own survival system.
Just eat 4-5 small, well-balanced snacks and meals a day and maybe a small protein shake after your workout and this shouldn’t be an issue.
Do: Eat Fat.
To beat fat you have to eat fat. The fats found in cold-water fish (salmon, mackerel), avocados, almonds, and olive oil all play a beneficial role in regulating your appetite. There is some discussion that these types of “fatty” foods help increase thermogenesis, therefore forcing the body to burn more calories at rest.
Don’t: Eliminate Carbohydrates.
Not entirely true, eliminate simple, processed carbs and you’re getting the picture. Cakes, cookies, pies, candy; anything made with a lot of white sugar is a no-no 95% of the time. You actually want to keep some carbs in your diet, but make sure they are of the complex variety, oatmeal, whole-grain bread, whole-grain rice, whole-grain pasta, etc.
Remember, just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean it can’t help you gain fat. Moderate portion sizes are important here. Complex carbs are important because of the fibre they bring to your diet plan. So, don’t eliminate them, just control them.
Do: ME time.
Be the turtle, slow and steady wins the race. The key is to work in manageable chunks with defined goals. Choosing to lose 3-5 Kgs through diet and exercise over the course of one month is a reasonable and attainable goal. Physically and mentally, a goal of this size shouldn’t be overly taxing which means you would stand a good chance of achieving it.
On the other hand, working to lose 15 Kgs in one month would undoubtedly leave you feeling physically and mentally exhausted. Patience is a virtue, especially when it comes to weight loss programs.
Don’t: Focus On The Scale.
Scales distort the fact and give inaccurate information. They don’t take into account the differences between muscle weight, bone weight and fat weight. Stop using one and move on. Focus on your body’s ratio of lean-to-fat mass is a pretty good indicator.
Do: Mindful Eating.
Consistency is key to a healthy lifestyle because training your body to demand the same things every day minimizes your tendency to binge drink, especially after eating. Focus only on the healthy foods you love and not all. Choosing foods and keeping portion size, are the best way to maintain a healthy weight while meeting your nutritional needs.
Don’t: Listen To Fad Diets.
Fad diets are a dime a dozen. Some may work, some may not. The fact of the matter is that nothing will beat intense exercise coupled with a balanced diet containing complex carbs, healthy fats and lean proteins. Stick to this equation and you’ll be fine.
Do: Meal Planning.
Take a few minutes to plan what you will eat with each meal and sit down at the same time while eating breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks throughout the day. By determining and eating exactly when and at what time, the body knows that this is the right time, which will help prevent overeating and improve digestion.
Don’t: Eat Processed Foods & Sugary Drinks.
There is perhaps no easier way of improving your odds of success while following a diet plan than eliminating processed foods and sugar-laden drinks from your daily diet. A fruit juice like orange juice would even be the better choice, especially if it has the pulp. The bottom line is stick to water to remain hydrated.
Do: Switch To Variety Food.
There are simple food swaps that you can do to eat healthier, which is a great starting point for newcomers who want to eat healthier, or for anyone who wants to revise their health goals. So, consider the snack swap and fill your pantry with several healthy alternatives, and next time you feel like snacking, try something new.
Don’t: Restrict Yourself.
If you work hard to lose weight and improve your eating habits, you don't have to limit yourself to occasional treats. Stop restricting yourself to delicious food and eat healthier and more sustainable food. You can safely and happily eat a full plate and still lose weight, but you just start with a small plate. If you want to lose weight without giving up your favorite foods forever, consider the 80/20 rule as an option. This is a great way to lower your stress levels, which is important for weight loss.
Eat well but eat smart and losing weight is easy as one, two, three. After the first few days of adjustment, you will probably find that you feel much more energetic than before.
Weight loss is achievable if you do the following: eat healthily, keep moving and monitor your weight.
Making time for healthy family meals is one of the best ways to model healthy habits and increase your child's interest in healthy eating. Limit unhealthy foods in your home and make it easier for your children to find healthy food at home.
If you have tried these tips and still can't lose weight, you might want to rethink your weight-weight loss goals. You will be able to break off your weight loss plateau and look forward to incorporating more activities into your day in a doable way.
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