Here it is again, the time of year when we start anew, and there is no better time than now to start a successful plan for weight loss. Whether you've been struggling with weight control for years, or finally deciding to turn your life around, these quick tips will get you off to a good start. Remember, you are changing your routines, replacing old habits with new ones that spur lasting weight loss.
1. The bottom line is always this. You must burn more calories than you consume to lose weight. There is no magic bullet that miraculously lets you continue eating everything you want while lounging around. Increasing movement and exercise while decreasing the calories is the only sure-fire way to lose weight.
2. Watch portion size. You don't have to restrict what you eat, just how much you eat. Make the low-calorie options the majority of what you eat but save a little space for a few treats. This keeps you feeling optimistic, rather than feeling like dieting is nothing but punishment.
3. Stay low on the glycemic index. Watch those foods that quickly raise blood sugar; they not only make it hard to lose weight, they invite other health problems including Type 2 diabetes.
4. While you are watching your carbs, remember to stick with unrefined grains. Whole grains have all the nutrients and fiber that are removed during refining. Brown rice rather than white, whole-grain pastas and breads rather than white flour, these provide vitamins, minerals, and soluble fiber.
5. Think lean protein. Avoid marbled, fatty meats and stick with lean, healthy meats and fish.
6. You don't have to join a gym to get some exercise. Walk instead of driving, take the stairs, sell the power tools. The goal is to get moving and burn those calories.
7. Set realistic short-term goals and document your achievements. Be kind to yourself when you have minor setbacks and reward yourself when goals are achieved. Quit thinking about food and buy yourself a new dress, a CD to dance to, or take an enjoyable day-trip.
8. Buy organic foods and avoid plastics. Research is showing that many of the environmental chemicals in plastics and pesticides may actually contribute to weight gain. That may be the least harmful effect they have, so for your health, try to clean up your diet and your habits. Never, never microwave or heat food in plastics, it releases harmful chemicals into your food.
9. Think healthy, not just slim. A primary goal should always be considering your well-being. Some dieting methods are dangerous, harming health. Eliminating entire categories of food deprives the body of essential nutrients. Remember the fat-free craze? The results were dried up skin and mental fuzziness and of course cravings for fatty foods. A balanced and varied diet will keep you energetic and slim.
10. Stay positive! You can achieve your weight loss goals, drop that belly fat, and reveal the new slimmer you by knowing you are in control of your life.1
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