If you are trying to lose a few pounds just after the festive season (which by now seems like a distant memory), it requires some dedication and perseverance. Many people trying to lose weight sabotage themselves by making bad decisions, such as eating that cupcake and then thinking that they have ruined their diet plan, so they just give up.
It’s too easy to give up so don’t give in; just because you made a slip it doesn’t mean it is the end, keep trying, you can win this battle.
We have noticed that most people we know (well, including us) have a pretty busy life – and this means, not making meals at home, and eating out during lunch.
So what makes us prefer this and why does restaurant food taste so good?
Well, mainly because restaurants add extra ingredients to their foods to make them taste better than the meals you prepare at home, such as butter, salt and flavorings. More than you would likely ever put in those same foods if you cooked them yourself.
Think about it, restaurants want to stay in business and to do that they need to make you keep coming back for more, which means they are absolutely going to load up on the bad stuff that tastes so good and which adds up to tons of calories. Of course, not all restaurants do that, but the majority is. If you want to lose weight, try eating more of your meals cooked in your own kitchen where you can control the contents.
Eat baked potato chips instead of the regular potato chips you find in the stores and this will help to reduce calories and fat as well. Baked potato chips don’t taste that different from fried chips, but are far healthier; some brands have 30 percent less calories and fat, and that is allot of savings!
Try substituting artificial sweeteners instead of sugar. Instead of eating two or three cupcakes, eat one; you still pacify your craving for sweets and cut calories as well. Moderation is the key to effective weight loss; eat what you want but have smaller portions, don’t deny yourself of what you enjoy or you will end up defeated.
To lose weight, you must train yourself to eat less and still feel full. There are temptations to eat are everywhere you look. Billboards, commercials and ads, they are all around us. They’re designed to make you feel hungry and guess what, they do!
The key to controlling the temptation is to listen to the cues from your body, telling you when your stomach is full. Only eat when you feel hungry and control the amount you eat (smaller portions). If you feel hungry and you’ve just eaten an hour before, try a veggie snack such as celery, carrots or some fresh fruit with some low fat cottage cheese.
Drink coffee when you’re trying to 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; you may use fat free dairy creamers and sugar substitutions if you can’t drink it black. In addition to the health benefits, it won’t negatively impact your weight loss efforts, which is what you want.
A great way to lose weight is to keep a protein bar with you at all times when you go somewhere. Preparing a sandwich can be a hassle but having a protein bar handy can be very convenient. All you’ve to do is peel the wrapper and you’ll have yourself a healthy meal. Read the labels because they are not all equal when it comes to calories, fat and proteins.
Another great way to lose weight is to include at least three, twenty to thirty minute cardio sessions a week (if you are a beginner start out doing five to ten minutes). If you several cardio sessions a week, you will burn roughly about 300 to 500 calories per session, depending on your choice of cardio. You can do just about anything including, walking, swimming or biking just find some way to get moving and keep moving.
If you are going out to eat at a restaurant, avoid the complimentary starters. Many restaurants provide baskets of bread or chips and salsa to start your meal. These are empty calories that you usually don’t even notice you’re consuming. When you sit down, ask your waiter to just leave the basket of bread off your table and order a salad instead.
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