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7 Weight Loss Tips

    Weight loss and dieting are major concerns in today’s society. With obesity levels rising and the health risks of being overweight increasing, it is vital that people take charge and learn to how be healthy again. I have, from my own

Apple and tape measure experience, picked the top seven tips for weight loss that seem to be helpful for anyone. Deciding to “go on a diet” is all well and good; however, without some basic structure it will fail every time.

Tip # 1 – Keep a daily food journal

If you have to write down and look at your daily food intake on a piece of paper you can gain an entirely different perspective. Somehow have a physical record makes it more apparent. Remember you can’t really lie to yourself, so don’t cheat.

Tip # 2 – Remove all temptation

Clean out your kitchen of all the things you may want but know you should not have. Just remember that you can always learn to reincorporate the foods you love back into your diet as a reward for reaching your goal weight.

Tip # 3 – Fruit is delicious and healthy

You do not have to sacrifice taste during a diet. Diet is not a synonym for disgusting. Fruits are not only tasty but great sources of vitamins and minerals; not to mention, they are very low in calories.

Tip # 4 – Drinks can be calories too

Remember it is not just the food you eat that fills out your jeans. A single regular soda can easily have anywhere from 100 to 200 calories in a standard twelve ounce can. Just think about the calorie level in your chosen beverage before you guzzle it down.

Tip # 5 – Drink water, you need it anyway

Many studies have shown that water is vital in our everyday existence. It has only recently been discussed as a weight loss technique. Think about it though, if your stomach is full of water you won’t be hungry. With water being virtually zero calories, you can’t beat it as a snack choice.

Tip # 6 – Do NOT eat too late

You don’t burn very many calories when you are asleep. Not eating at least three hours before you go to bed will ensure that everything you’ve eaten has been digested at full metabolism. Even during a diet with diet foods you should never sleep right after eating.

Tip # 7 – Don’t fear the scale

When you are on a diet the scale can be your best friend or your worst enemy; however, it will always be honest. As long as it is not broken that is. Don’t let the brutal truth intimidate you. Facing the truth and leaving denial behind is you got this diet idea in the first place. Always remember to follow through.

I have given these particular tips, as well as many others, a great deal of consideration. In the end, these seven tips were the most helpful and effective in my own struggle with dieting. I lost fifty pounds in three months thanks to the tips above and a little bit of dedication.

 by Ashleigh Nicole

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Finding the Best Healthy Diet

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For so many people, losing weight is a primary concern. Many of us are so concerned with getting the perfect skinny body that we’re willing to do almost anything to get it. Anything, that is, except eat healthy and exercise. However, losing weight and looking great doesn’t have to be difficult. Keep reading to discover how to make a healthy diet work for you.

Eat Foods You Enjoy

The best healthy diet is one that includes foods you actually enjoy eating. For example, if you enjoy meat, vowing to become a vegetarian probably isn’t the best idea. Instead, choose lean cuts of meat and prepare them in healthy ways like grilling or baking. Plus, even the most unhealthy meals can be prepared so that nutrition is increased and fat and calories are reduced. The following tips can help slash fat and calories from popular unhealthy dishes:

  • Switch to whole grain pasta for spaghetti and other pasta dishes.
  • For pizza lovers, thin crusts made with fortified whole grains can boost nutrition and reduce fat and calories. Also, try loading your plate with fresh veggies instead of the traditional processed meats and cheeses.
  • Grilled veggie burgers are a great alternative to fast food cheeseburgers. Plus, they’re easy to make! Simply combine bread crumbs and veggies in a food processor, shape into patties and grill.
  • Instead of munching on potato chips and other processed snacks, try baked veggie chips, dried fruit, nuts and seeds. These snacks are healthy, filling and provide advantages like energy boosts, improved focus and more.
  • For dessert, low-fat yogurt and fresh fruit will cure a sweet tooth just as well as baked goods.

Balance

When formulating a meal plan, balance is essential. Therefore, it’s important to stay away from diets that focus on the consumption of certain foods and the elimination of others. While these diets often produce the desired effect of weight loss, they are notoriously difficult to stick to and many often lead to nutrient deficiencies and other potentially harmful complications. Instead of completely avoiding certain foods or food groups, choose healthy foods from all food groups and eat in moderation. This will help ensure diversity, prevent boredom, reduce cravings and boost the odds of weight loss success. One great way to ensure balance, as well boost vitamin and mineral intake, is to eat foods of all different colors, textures and flavors.

See? Healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated. With the tips provides here, you can lose weight, feel great and build a solid foundation for a lifetime of healthy choices!

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