Simple Things That Help You Balance Your Metabolism
Giving up sugary and salty treats is painful and we might not see the benefits for months. It’s an issue of short-term vs. long-term reward, and giving up that short-term reward is difficult. Fortunately, losing weight can be relatively easy with a few simple changes in lifestyle.
Here are some easy changes you can make to bring your weight under control:
Weigh yourself each day and make a graph. When things are measured, the things we measure tend to change. Simply weighing yourself every day will make a difference in your weight. The regular feedback will have a positive effect. Then make a graph of your results.
meals ahead of time. When
you’re hungry is not the time to dig around in the fridge and
figure out what’s for dinner. That’s how you end up with a meal
of French fries and frozen pizza. Plan
healthy, nutritious meals that taste good to you and ensure you have
the ingredients on hand.
with the snacks. Always
have healthy snacks available, too. This means that those need to be
planned in advance, as well. The vending machine is your enemy at
work. Avoid getting stuck with only options that you’ll later
healthier alternatives. If
you like burgers, maybe you’ll like burgers made out of ground
turkey or chicken. Sugar free gelatin with non-fat whipped cream is
a delicious dessert. Maybe baked potato chips instead of the regular
fried variety. Find a healthier alternative to the stuff you really
Slow down, and then wait. Sometimes we eat so fast, we stuff ourselves before our brains can tell us that we’re full. So eat a reasonable portion, slowly. Then wait for 20 minutes. If you’re still hungry, eat some more. If you’re not hungry, stop eating!
you’ve ever had that "I
feel horrible because I ate too much"
feeling, this one is especially for you. Think about last
drinking calories. Our
stomachs can hold a lot of liquid. Try to minimize the sugary or
carbonated drinks, and your overall caloric intake will drop. Make
a habit of drinking more water.
If the taste is too bland for you, add a bit of lemon or lime to
freshen it up.
about diet and exercise each day. It
might seem odd, but if you can keep healthy eating and exercise in
the back of your mind, your behavior will improve.
Exercise. Exercise can help a lot and it makes you feel better. Start with just a couple of minutes and add more slowly over time. If you start with 5 minutes and add 5 minutes a week. Within 5weeks or so, you’ll be doing plenty. Don’t scoff at the idea of 5 minutes; small improvements over time have profound effects.
Weight loss doesn’t have to be challenging or miserable. Some simple things can make a huge difference. It doesn’t take a brutal diet and exercise program to get in great shape over time. Follow the tips above and stick with them. Be patient and you’ll have that beach body before you know it.
3 Disastrous Diet Mistakes To Avoid At All Cost
1. The All Or Nothing Attitude
All or nothing dieters will often pick out a complicated diet that is almost impossible for them to maintain. Before beginning, they will search the kitchen for anything that does not fit the plan and throw it in the garbage. They are planning to be the perfect dieter, and so they will be, for one day, three days, seven days or even a couple of weeks. Then, inevitably, something happens that means they cannot keep to the diet one time. Immediately the whole thing is ruined in their eyes and the diet is over. They go to the store and buy all the things that went into the garbage last week and proceed to gain back all the weight that they lost, as fast as possible.
If you are this kind of dieter you need to ask yourself some tough questions. Do you really want to lose weight permanently, or just lose a few pounds so that you can enjoy putting them back on again? The way forward is to make small changes to what you eat so that you have a slow but steady weight loss.
2. The Attitude of Sacrifice
Another common mistake is to view your diet as a period of sacrifice. You do not allow yourself the foods that you enjoy most while you are on your way to your target weight. You may have a great diet plan and be very successful in losing weight, but what happens when you reach your goal? You have not learned to eat 'bad foods' in moderation so as soon as you start, you are likely to go out of control. It is better to include a little of everything in your diet and learn to enjoy it in small quantities. Yes, even chocolate!
3. Goal Failure
Setting achievable goals is vital in any weight loss plan. Goals should be clear, realistic and set out in writing. While you probably do have an ideal weight in your mind, unless you are only very slightly overweight it is probably too distant to be useful. A more useful goal would be to lose two pounds per week for the first five weeks and then one pound per week after that. Some weeks you will lose more and some less, some weeks you may even gain, but if you track your progress on a graph you will see that ups and downs are natural and do not stop you progressing steadily toward your major goal.
If you have been making these mistakes, do not worry. The most important point in dieting as in so many other things is to move on. Learn from your failures as well as your success and do not use a mistake as an excuse for giving up. The only way to achieve your goal permanently is to make a commitment to become a healthier person. Remember that eating normally includes eating more some days and less others. Learn to enjoy food in moderation and you have every chance of avoiding these bad diet mistakes.