There is no single clear-cut way to lose weight! Weight loss is a complicated process involving emotional, mental and physical issues and is a combination of things including a faulty life style and eating habits.
Here are some of the most popular, tried and tested weight loss tips, which can help you stay on track in your Weight loss fight:
- Bring your meal plan with you wherever you go until you know it by heart. Try to stick to regular meal times the best you can. Meals and snacks spaced well throughout the day help keep blood sugar levels even, keep you from feeling either too hungry or too full, and allow your body to regulate its insulin much better.
- Do not skip meals! It might leave you feel very hungry and will activate the defense mechanisms and make losing weight a battle.
- Pre-plan as much as possible. It helps you eat a more nutritious diet and makes it easier to say “no” to foods that might otherwise tempt you. Plan your choices wisely so you avoid getting hungry and allow for some of your favorite foods to make your meal plan more enjoyable.
- When you do eat, take time to enjoy your food. Avoid eating while you’re watching TV or preparing a meal. It is far too easy to overeat when you are distracted or surrounded by food.
- Do your best to control your environment and avoid those situations that cause you to overeat.
- Cutout a picture of someone whose figure you admire, or a picture of yourself when you were at your ideal weight and keep it with you at all times. Look at it frequently and visualize yourself looking like that.
- Do not punish yourself in case you slip up. A positive attitude will get you further. Don’t let one slip-up be an excuse to abandon your total program.
- Remember that all types of activities burn calories. If possible walk instead of ride, take the stairs instead of the elevator, park in the furthest spot.
- Eat the most filling, least fattening foods first (for example salad before the pizza, soup before the meal) so you fill up faster and consume fewer calories. This is a good habit to develop as it makes keeping the weight off easier.
- Don’t use food as a reward. An overweight person is already too dependent on food. Substitute non-food rewards such as a new item of clothing or some exercise equipment when you deserve one.
- Never shop on an empty stomach or you’ll end up with all sorts of things you really don’t need. Try to shop from a list; it keeps you from getting too many extras.
- Eating to relive stress may feel good while you’re doing it, but you’ll most likely feel worse after. A brisk walk will do more to revitalize you and you’ll release some endorphins, leaving you feeling 100% better when you’re done.
- Liquids can sometimes alleviate feelings of hunger; in fact, many people misinterpret thirst as hunger. Have a big glass of ice water or a hot bowl of soup or broth. Then, before eating anything, wait 20 minutes to see if you’re still hungry.
- Eat before you attend a party or event where there will be foods you might find difficult to resist or will tempt you to overindulge. If you have a full stomach it will be harder for you to have more than a nibble of the wrong foods.
- Eat slowly so that you are the last one done eating. You won’t have the chance to go back for second helpings that way. Eating slowly also gives your brain the time it needs to register that you’ve had enough.
- To keep a good attitude about sticking to your program, think about what you’re doing as making “healthy eating changes” not as “dieting.” Sensible eating habits are good for your health, figure and mental well-being.
- Control your urge to overeat. Stick to your meal plans and do not give way to the temptation of eating junk food or snacks.
Lastly do remember, weight loss tips will not work unless and until you follow them.