If you’re like many of us, you have struggled to lose weight at some point in your life. Weight loss can often seem like an unobtainable goal if you have not educated yourself about healthy, lasting ways to lose weight. So do yourself a favor and read this article!
While it is tempting to assume that losing weight is ideal no matter what, it is important to make the distinction between loss of fat and loss of muscle. The latter, of course, should be avoided by including some type of physical activity into your weekly routine. Unless you exercise, your body’s natural response is to burn fat only after it has exhausted muscle.
When you want to have a snack or are eating a meal, make sure you sit at the table to eat. Sitting down to eat helps you avoid “mindless eating” while losing weight so you can avoid eating more than you planned. Eating at the table also helps you control portions.
A good way to reduce calorie intake and lose weight is to cut down on carbohydrates like bread and pasta in your diet. Try replacing carbs with something else instead of pasta. Serve a sauce and some meat over a bed of steamed vegetables. You can also wrap a sandwich in lettuce instead of using bread.
Watch out for light products, remember just because it is low fat does not necessary mean it is low in calories. A lot of light foods contain simple sugars to make up for their loss of taste, this giving them calories. The best thing to do is carefully read all product labels.
Feeling full reduces our feeling of hunger. Feeling hungry causes us to eat. Eating causes us to gain weight. So feeling full more often will help us lose weight. One way you can “trick” your body into feeling full more often is by adding more fiber to your diet. Fruits and vegetables have lots of fiber, so do whole grains. But, if you can’t eat more of either of those you can also add a powdered fiber product to drinks, sauces, and even dips.
Use less sauces and dressings in your foods. Sauces and dressings are often made with oil or contain lots of sugar. Drowning your green salad in dressing or smothering your baked potato in sour cream, adds a lot of fat and calories. You can try using substitutes, such as non-fat sour cream, but you should also experiment with more spices to flavor your food.
A great way to start losing weight is to snack on something healthy every time you feel a hunger pang come on. Dieting can be tough and it’s typical to give in to cravings. By snacking on something healthier, you’ll feed your appetite and you won’t sabotage your diet.
Without guidance on how to effectively lose weight in a healthy manner, and how to keep that weight off, the struggle to lose weight can often seem like just that – a struggle! The guidelines listed in this article will no doubt save you much frustration and unhappiness as you embark on your weight loss plan.