When I started researching and writing this article it came to me that there are so many ridicules diet plans out there. What should we use? I kept asking myself: “which one is right for me”?
You get confused and overwhelmed soon, once you start reading one by one. There is no way that I will review them all. Instead, I made 20 tips how to get started and what is the easiest way to lose some Lbs.:
Tip 1: Drink plenty of water.
Drink a glass of water first, before you getting into bag of unhealthy treats. People sometimes confuse thirst with hunger, so you can end up eating extra calories when a glass of water is really all you needed.
Tip 2: Think twice about snacks at nighttime.
Meaningless eating occurs most frequently when you finally sit down and relax. Eating snacks in front of the Television is one of the easiest ways to throw your diet of the horse. Either choose fruit, or allow yourself a low-calorie snack.
Tip 3: You can enjoy your favorite meals.
Instead of cutting out your favorite meals, be very smart shopper. Buy one fresh cookie at the bakery, instead of whole box. Make smaller meals.. Moderation is the key!
Tip 4: Choose several small meals during the daytime.
If you eat fewer calories daily, more likely you will lose weight.
Eat often-smaller meals, rather then 3 times a day big portions.
Tip 5: Try to eat protein at every meal.
Protein is the ultimate fulfillment food — it is more satisfying than carbohydrates or fats and keeps you feeling full for longer period. It also helps guard your muscle mass and encourages fat burning. Be sure to incorporate healthy proteins like lean meat, yogurt, nuts, or beans into your meals and snacks.
Tip 6: Stock up your kitchen with healthy food.
Having ready-to-eat snacks, and cook in advance so you will have your meals ready sooner. You will be less likely to hit the drive-through or order a pizza, if you can throw together a healthy meal in 5 or 10 minutes. Here are some ideas to keep in your pantry and freezer: frozen vegetables, whole-grain pasta, reduced-fat cheese, canned tomatoes and beans, pre-cooked grilled chicken breast, whole grain tortillas or pitas, and bag of salad.
Tip 7: You could try to order kids portion meals at restaurants.
Ordering a kid-size entree is a great way to cut calories and keep your portions reasonable. This has become such a popular trend that most servers will not even ask the question or eyeballing you when grown person order off the kids’ menu. Another trick is to use smaller plates at home. This helps the portions look like more, and if your mind is satisfied, more likely your stomach will be full.
Tip 8: Switch pasta, for a cup of vegetables.
By eating less pasta based meals and more veggies, you could lose a dress or pants size in a year or less.
Tip 9: Always try to eat breakfast.
When you hear skip breakfast and you will lose weight. Not true! Let me put this way, not eating breakfast can make you hungry later on, leading to too much binge eating at lunch and dinner. To lose weight and keep it off, always make time for a healthy based morning meal, like fresh fruit, high-fiber cereal and low fat milk, and incorporate some nuts.
Tip 10: Lose weight slowly, rather then fast.
If you are losing weight but not as fast as you would like, do not get discouraged. Loosing pounds takes time, just like gaining them did. My suggestion is to set a realistic goal to lose few pounds a week. If you set your expectations too high, you may give up when you do not lose weight fast enough.
Tip 11: You have to get enough sleep.
When you are sleeping, your body overproduces the appetite-stimulating hormone ghrelin but under-produces the hormone Leptin, which tells you when you are full (protein hormone that plays a key role in regulating energy intake and energy expenditure, including appetite and metabolism.). Getting enough sleep may make you feel rested, full and keep you from doing unnecessary snacking.
Tip 12: Eat rainbow of fruits and vegetables.
The best “diet” is one where you get to eat more food, not less. If you eat more fruits and vegetables, you should not feel as hungry because these nutrition-rich foods are also high in fiber and water, which can give you a feeling of fullness. Snacking can be a good thing, (yes, I said good) as long as you choose smarter snacks.
Tip 13: Limit alcohol, period.
Alcohol contains empty calories: a five-ounce glass of wine has 125cal, a bottle of beer about 153. Because our bodies do not use those calories well, they usually are converted directly into fat. But If you enjoy an occasional drink, try on weekends only, with just one drink for women per day, and two for men. Unlike food, alcoholic beverages usually end up in taking more that you should, so if you want to lose weight you have to watch on how much!
Tip 14: Chew sugarless gum.
The next time you want to take on go a fattening snack; rather reach for some sugar-free gum instead. Chewing gum gives you fresh breath and can help manage hunger, control snack cravings, and have potentials in weight loss. Although gum might make you eat less, it does not mean you can stop eating right. A good diet and exercise are still important.
Tip 15: Weigh yourself once a week.
People who weigh themselves ones a week tend to have more weight loss success. When you weigh yourself, follow these tips: Weigh yourself at the same time of day, on the same day of the week, on the same scale, and in the same clothes.
Tip 16: Clean the cupboards of fattening foods.
If you have fattening snacks in the pantry and chocolate cake in the fridge, you are making weight loss harder than it has to be. Reduce temptation by cleaning up your pantry and the fridge, and replacing with low fat snacks and stock on a fruits.
Tip 17: Keep a food diary.
Personally, I am not using food diary, but researching I found that for most people it does work. If you are not in control, on how much you are eating than the best thing is to write it down.
Tip 18: Celebrate success, but avoid with a food
You lost 10 pounds this month. It is time to celebrate! Rewarding weight loss success really can encourage and motivate for more success, so indulge your achievements. Buy a new dress, tell your friends, go dancing and set a goal for the next milestone. Just do not celebrate with a big slice of cake or three meat pizza.
Tip 19: Be Active; Walk, Dance, Run and Move, Move, Move…
Activity is one of the most important factors in a weight loss. You do not have to kick box, or weight lift, just move…You can clean you house, garden, walk your dog or take a nice walk with your friends. As long as you are moving, it is great think. Of course, every week try to set goal; for example if this week you are walking ½ mile, then week after try to make a mile. On the other hand, if today is 10 steps then in few days try 20. Do you see where I am going? Always do activity that is the best solution for you and you will see results.
Tip 20: Get support from family and friends.
Getting support can help you reach your weight loss goals. So tell family and friends about your efforts to lead a healthy lifestyle. Perhaps, they will join you in exercising, and eating right. When you feel like giving up, they will help you; cheer you on through the hard times– making the whole experience a lot easier and better for you.
I found many websites with tips how to loose pounds and those tips helped me a lot over the years. I want to share my story, and what I used to turn my weight loss into success