With fad diets and fitness routines round every corner, it is quite difficult to decide what really works and what don’t. It’s important to keep a tab on certain things before totally committing yourself to a weight loss program. Instead of sticking to the same old fad diets, non-effective and unsafe exercise programs, and any quick fix tips, lose weight in a healthy and most natural way.
Here are the things you must do to lose weight:
1. Decide how much pounds you need to shed
Since you wish to lose weight, don’t consider your present weight to be overweight. Use reliable methods like an online calorie calculator or BMI to find out how many calories you need every day. This is the best way to aim for a healthy weight loss.
2. Time management
Most people often ignore this. Set a time for your daily exercises. You should feel comfortable to perform them at the same time every day. If you don’t plan this before you begin your weight loss program, your days will be rushed and you won’t get the desired results.
3. Include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet
Fruits and vegetables are good sources of fibers, vitamins and antioxidants. They make you feel full for long time. They are also low in calories and help to cut back on your calorie count.
4. Switch to low-calorie versions of your favorite food
Everyone has his or her favorite foods. You need not completely give up those foods in order to lose weight. Instead, switch to low-calorie versions of your favorite treats. For example, a veg-burger tastes just as good with low-fat cheese.
Having a small portion of your favorite food once in a while can be rewarding to your weight loss experience. Also, completely avoiding your favorite treats usually result in early quitting of your weight loss program.
5. Maintain a food journal
This will help you check your eating pattern and will enable you to easily modify it. Some people eat out of stress, others eat when they feel boring and some eat only when their stomach is empty.
6. Sleep well
Make sure you get enough sleep every day. If you are tired and don’t get enough sleep, you won’t feel like exercising the next day nor will your emotional status be up to par.
7. Exercise regularly
Most fitness experts recommend 30-60 minutes of physical activity to stay fit. Physical activities not only strengthen your muscles, but it also improves your metabolism, which means your rate of burning calorie is increased.
8. Portion size
When you serve a small portion on a large plate, you will be tempted to go for the second serving. Instead, eating from a smaller plate gives the visual signal that you have enough on the plate. Also, a smaller plate full of food gives you more satisfaction than the same amount of food on a large plate.
And the same rule applies to smaller bowls, cups and spoons.
The don’ts of weight loss
1. Skip meals
Divide your meals into small portions and eat them frequently. This balances your calorie intake throughout the day. Never skip your meals because you will be losing the important nutrients and fibers and you will be tempted to eat more.
2. Severe fasting
Severe fasting or starvation leads to weight loss, but along with that you will also be losing precious muscle mass that can have serious health consequences. And after sometime you are likely to end up regaining the weigh t plus extra pounds. Don’t try to lose more than the recommend calories per day or else your body will be deprived of essential nutrients and will experience slow metabolism.
3. Following the wrong diet
Never choose the diet because it was effective for someone else. A diet might prove effective for your friend, but his lifestyle, needs and food preferences could be completely different from yours.
This Post is written by Kelly Marsh. She is a writer/blogger and love to write articles on technology, social media, health, beauty etc. These days she contributes on getamplify