HOW SHOULD I LOSE WEIGHT? MY 10 SIMPLE, FUN, AND EFFECTIVE STEPS
Looking to lose that extra weight?
Follow these 10 EASY steps to lose weight and feel healthy for good.
EAT NATURAL WHOLE FOODS
Be a Diet Detective. Inspect every food product you buy-avoiding long list of hard to pronounce ingredients. These products are unnatural, too much processed, lack the essential nutrients your body needs, and are often filled with empty calories. Include more whole grains, legumes, high quality proteins, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats into your diet.
Research shows that drinking 2 glasses of water before each meal can combat overeating, cravings, and help keep the excess weight off. Often times, we mistake thirst signal with hunger. Drink about half (in ounces) of your body weight (in pounds) per day.
Excess sugar intake could affect insulin levels and lead to excess fat storage. Stay away from packaged & processed foods as they have hidden sugars in their ingredient list. Combat sweet cravings by eating more sweet vegetables such as carrots, onions, sweet potatoes, squash as they will naturally satisfy your sweet cravings without adding excess weight.
Get help from outside, it might be from your partner, a close friend or a health/medical professional. Let someone else hold you accountable for your actions.
EAT PROTEIN AND FIBER
Include fiber & protein rich foods to your each meal. This will ensure you stay satiated, and won’t feel those nagging hunger pangs often. Fill half of your plate with good quality protein like grass-fed organic meat, organic eggs, whole milk products, plain whole milk yogurt, tofu, beans, lentils, and quinoa. Add fiber to your plate by eating more plant foods like vegetable salads, whole fruit, nuts, seeds, beans and whole grain flour.
Non-exercise activity thermogenesis simply means calories your body burns by doing daily activities. Avoid sitting for more than 20 minutes at a stretch to maintain insulin levels, and prevention of excess fat storage. That one-hour workout won’t count if you stay inactive the whole day.
Health starts in your kitchen. Plan meals ahead and learn easy to do recipes to save your precious time and energy. Experiment with different ingredients and flavors to avoid getting bored easily.
TRACK YOUR CALORIES
Weight loss works on one major principle – balance of calories in and calories out. When you are caloric deficit, you will start noticing your weight going down. Download a calorie tracker app on your phone and you will be surprised on how many calories you consume daily.
Eat less when you need a caloric deficit. Overeating is found to be one of the major causes of weight gain. It doesn’t matter whether the food is healthy or not, portion control must be the goal. Chew your food well and practice mindful eating to achieve this.
Lack of good sleep could hinder your hormonal & metabolic makeup and in turn affect your ability to lose those pounds. Minimum six hours of sleep daily is essential for your body to operate efficiently.
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