7 Basic Weight Loss Tips
There are literally hundreds of weight loss ideas being bandied about these days. However, most of them contain tips about counting calories, keeping food journals and measuring servings that are of course well and good, but can be frustrating for people who are just too lazy to keep track of all these.
Chances are, people fall out of whatever weight loss program they're in because they see such tips as chores, which, admittedly, are not fun to do at all.
So why not just give them the basic stuff? Sure, they're not going to lose exactly this number of pounds within this number of weeks the way strict regimens do, but at least the basics can help them keep themselves healthy, and if they're lucky, lose a pound here and there.
1. Eat slowly
Many studies have suggested that eating slowly translates to eating less, while feeling comfortably full at the same time. One study had a group of subjects consume 646 calories in nine minutes, while another group ate for about 29 minutes and consumed only 579 calories. That makes for a lot of difference in calories when you do the same thing with all your three square meals.
2. Don't skip meals
Skipping meals is probably the dumbest thing a person trying to lose weight can do. If you skip, say, lunch, there's a great chance you'll be incredibly hungry by dinnertime and end up eating more, much more than if you have eaten your lunch.
3. Lay off the soda
Thirsty? Then drink plenty of water. Not soda, not juice, not any fattening sugary drinks, but good 'ol water, which will always be the best way to keep yourselves hydrated, as well as make you feel full and therefore eat less.
4. Eat your fruits and vegetables
This sounds like something our mothers have been driving into our heads ever since we were kids. And they were right. Vitamins, good fibers, antioxidants and a lot more great stuff can be had from fruits and vegetables, and they're quite filling too.
5. Indulge every now and then
Don't go depriving yourselves of your favorite (and obviously fattening) food all the time. Every once in a while, reward yourself for all your weight loss efforts by eating the things you miss the most. Just don't overdo it and eat, say, a whole box of pizza by yourself. A slice will do.
6. Fresh foods are always better
Nothing could be truer than this. The world is filled with processed foods that have higher sodium and fat content, and we tend to choose them because they're more convenient. Understandably, we're just too busy to be preparing fresh foods for ourselves all the time, but it's best we do that every chance we get.
This one's a no-brainer. It's always best to combine a healthy diet with regular exercise. And you don't have to go to the gym for that. You can go jogging, walking, biking, dancing and stretching. Or, you can walk to work, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or park your car some distance from your office so you can take the opportunity for a walk. Thirty minutes to an hour of exercise every day and you'll be fine.
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