Simple Steps You Can Take to Lose Weight!
So you are ready to start on a new diet. There are approximately half a million options out there today, and more will be added tomorrow. It’s overwhelming. The first step to narrowing down all those choices is to set your own goals. How much would you like to lose? How do you plan to accomplish that? Be realistic because success breeds success. If you write down that you want to lose 10 pounds in one week, you will fail. This does nothing but discourage you at the beginning of week two! Remember the weight gain happened over a period of time so you must give yourself time to lose it.
Start in the pantry. Take a hard look at the types of food you have in your cabinets and refrigerator. If they are full of sugar, salt and fats say goodbye to them and start over. You do not have to completely eliminate these from your diet, but you must begin to reduce the portions and frequency at which you consume them. Start reading labels at the grocery store looking for whole grains and unsaturated fats. Darken the aisles of the produce section – it’s the section you pass on the way to the potato chip aisle! You may want to shop more often as you choose fresh produce to have as snacks.
The next step in setting up your new diet is hydration. Swap those sodas and coffees for water and fruit juice and this will quicken the amount of weight you lose. The reasons for this are two-fold. The first is that you will be consuming less sugar, and the second is the way your body reacts to the proper fluids. They flush your system of toxins and keep your digestive tract in good working order. This leads to weight loss. You may want to try a cleansing supplement under the care of your doctor.
In order to maximize the effectiveness of your diet try eating mini-meals throughout the day. Several studies show that people who eat multiple smaller meals are able to lose weight and keep it off for a longer period. Also avoid late night snacks before bedtime. If you do have a snack make it a fruit or vegetable. When you are eating pay attention to when you feel full. “Clean your plate” no longer applies, so when you get full, push the plate away! Start with these tips and success will be yours.