10 Tips for Losing Weight the Healthy Way
In a world with increasingly more people suffering from obesity, it’s natural and even recommended to want to watch your weight. But with all the temptations around us, like delicious but unhealthy fast food, sweets packed with calories, it is very difficult to follow a strict health plan. But who says you have to keep things strict? Here are ten tips for losing weight the healthy way, without starving yourself, without feeling like you are always hungry.
1. Combine diet with exercises
When you gradually reduce the number of calories in your diet – while you assimilate the nutrients needed for your body – and combine them with exercises to keep yourself in shape, you’ll have more chances to lose weight the healthy way. You don’t need to start with a five-times a week gym membership. Try jogging in the park, doing exercises at home using online tutorials.
2. Small and safe steps for the big leap
If you always give in to the temptation of drinking a hot cup of hot chocolate, weight will certainly assimilate throughout the year. Try to give up this kind of habits from your diet and you will be amazed at the results you get.
And you don’t have to completely eliminate the “something sweet’”, but you should know that everything is in moderation. You do not have to eat an entire chocolate, just enjoy 2-3 squares.
3. Fruits and vegetables
Refresh meals with vegetables (or fruit if you like exotic dishes). Soon, you will get to eat your daily portion of five servings, which is recommended by nutritionists. Add strawberries to your breakfast and bell peppers in your sandwich. And at work, eat fruit as a snack instead of the usual junk food.
4. Weigh yourself regularly
In this way, you will see if your efforts are successful, but do not get obsessed with the number on the scale. It is important to be in shape and keep your body healthy, not to please the expectations of society. Once a week we recommend you weigh yourself. If you feel like you are getting obsessed with your weight, then it would be better to do it every few weeks.
5. Three meals per day and two snacks
Another important aspect on our list of tips for losing weight the healthy way we definitely have to mention the importance of eating regular meals. Eat three essential meals every day that provide you with the necessary nutrients needed each day. Never skip breakfast, which is often the most neglected, because it is in fact the most important meal of the day. Don’t forget two healthy snacks between meals (low fat yogurt, fruit, cottage cheese etc.) You won’t feel like you are hungry because you are constantly eating health food.
6. Keep temptations away from your fridge
Cakes, chocolate and other desserts are foods that cause problems when it comes to portion size. Don’t keep such products at home. Buy yourself a small portion when you are really craving (that is, if you cannot stop the craving with fruit and dark chocolate).
7. Careful with combinations
It’s not exactly the food we eat that makes us gain weight, but the combinations we eat it in. Meat is only combined with veggies (except potatoes), veggies go with anything, potatoes and rice are combined with veggies and/or cheese. For example, you can eat a grilled chicken breast with grilled veggies, you can eat soup with meat and veggies (but without potatoes or rice), a baked potato with cottage cheese is also a good option and salads with meat (chicken, fish) make a tasty meal. Make sure you respect this suitable combinations and you cannot go wrong.
8. Do not mistake thirst with hunger
In the afternoon, especially after lunch, it can happen to you to think that you are hungry. But many times this hunger can be appeased with a glass of water or a cup of hot tea. A little moisture can be a very good way to get rid of that hunger sensation, which is actually for emotional reasons: stress, anger etc.
9. Pay attention to portions
And we are not just talking about the size of the place, which is very important. When you have a snack before lunch, it counts. So when you eat, put less on the plate. And do not eat in front of the TV or computer, you’ll have fun and you will get to eat more than you planned.
10. Read the label
Certain food promise you delicious food with low calories, but most of the times they are packed with other harmful ingredients. So, make sure you read the label before you add the product into your shopping cart.
We hopped you enjoyed our tips for losing weight the healthy way and if you are planning to lose some kilos in 2014, we wish you the best of luck.