If only, losing weight were as easy as gaining it, or as fun and delicious! But we all know it is not. Read on for some very valuable information that will help you in reaching your weight loss goals. Make post-it notes for yourself and put them on the fridge or your gym locker. Keep yourself highly motivated and focused and you will achieve your goals!
Healthy Dieting Tips
When it comes to dieting you will find all kinds of crazy and faddish diets on the market today. In addition to the many diets there seems to be every kind of diet aid you can imagine. From shakes the diet industry has evolved to include everything from candy bars and pudding to pills and patches. Each item makes the claim that it can help you drop those unwanted pounds quickly and easily. Well I can tell you for a fact there is very little easy for must of us about dropping a few pounds.
If you would like a few tips that should make your weight loss goals a little easier to achieve then perhaps the following tips will help you out.
Drink Plenty of Water
There really isn’t enough that can be said about the importance of drinking water in an effort to reach your fitness goals. Water hydrates the body first and foremost but water is also an important way of tricking your body into believing it is full. Other drinks do not work nearly as well as water in this endeavor and many drinks, even fruit juices, contain empty calories that you can ill afford when dieting.
Another great thing about drinking a lot of water while dieting is that it helps your skin retain its elasticity so you can avoid some of the ‘loose skin’ look that often accompanies massive weight loss. As an added bonus drinking plenty of water will have your skin looking radiant and beautiful as well.
Having goals is one of the most important things you can do when working to loose weight. Try to make sure that your goals are aggressive but can be achieved. If you are frustrated early in the dieting process by unrealistic goals you are much more likely to give up. However, challenges are always going to inspire us to achieve greater things in life. If you can find a ‘weight loss partner’ in order to have a little friendly competition for the weight loss totals for a week or a month then you are going to be far more likely to accomplish your goals than if you keep them quietly to yourself.
Did you read that twice? Yes, eat more healthy foods that are high in fiber. Eat more vegetables and fruits-fill up on these foods that are good for you and you will not be inclined to binge on calorie laden junk food.
While this seems a little too simply stated for most, getting up and moving is one of, if not the absolute best way to burn calories. The simple truth is that you are not going to lose weight unless you use more calories than you consume. The more activities you enjoy that burn calories, the more likely you are to shed those unwanted pounds and meet your weight loss goals.
Some great activities that actually burn calories include the following: gardening, golf, dancing, playing volleyball, walking, jumping rope, playing hop scotch with your little ones, and playing tennis. I mention these activities because you can trick yourself into believing that you aren’t really exercising while burning calories. Even cleaning house requires movement and energy and if you dance around a little to some good music in the process you might burn a few extra calories.
It may seem hard to find time to exercise when trying to lose weight, but you can burn calories by doing your regular household chores. Vacuuming, washing dishes, and doing laundry are all regular chores that burn fat. Since everyone finds time to do housework, it is easy to do some exercise every day.
Drink coffee while you lose weight.
Studies have shown numerous health benefits afforded coffee drinkers. Some of those include decreased risk of diabetes, decreased blood lipids, and overall liver health. Next time you need a break from water, drink some black decaf coffee. Caffeine boosts your heart rate and can improve alertness and increase metabolism slightly. It can give you an edge when taken before exercising and weight training. It is good to drink it in moderation though, since too much can cause sleeping problems and anxiety. In addition to the health benefits it will not negatively impact your weight loss efforts.
Eat whatever you want
A great way to help you lose weight is to choose a day, once a week, where you eat whatever you want and don’t follow your diet. When you’ve been dieting for a while you might notice that you hit a plateau. By eating whatever you want once a week, you actually end up boosting your metabolism.
One simple, yet effective tip for losing weight is to eat more fruits and vegetables. Fruits and veggies are nutrient dense and fill you up quickly while also providing essential vitamins and minerals. Replace some of the breads and sweets in your diet with these items and watch the pounds drop off. Don’t just add the fruits and veggies or your diet won’t change much and you’ll just be adding calories!
A good way to help you lose weight is to grab a novel or magazine and jump on a recumbent (lying down) bike. Recumbent bikes are great because they are very low impact, and they aren’t very strenuous. You can easily do up to forty-five minutes of exercise in one session on the recumbent bike.
Dieting, when successful can help restore self image and self-esteem in people who are otherwise beautiful people inside and out. The steps above are not the only things that are involved in the dieting process but they can help you reach your weight loss goals particularly when combined with a diet plan that you feel confident you can follow. Be sure that on those days when will power is non-existent that you do not derail your diet efforts all together by giving up. The most important thing you can do when dieting is to go back to dieting once you’ve strayed.