Are you interested in losing weight? Whether your goal is to lose twenty pounds or two hundred pounds, you have come to the right place. You may be tempted, when trying to lose weight, to cut fat out entirely. But it’s important to remember that fat has a high satiety value in foods, so a little will go a long way. Case in point: baked potato chips may have no fat, but because of that, they don’t trigger your satiety level as quickly as regular or even the ‘fat-free’ Olestra chips do. So, you’re tempted to eat the whole bag. Better, for example, to eat a small amount of high-quality, high-fat food – let’s say, a small high-end dark chocolate bar – then to gorge on large quantities of low- or non-fat foods. You’ll be more satisfied without having to say ‘No’ to treats.
Try to prevent eating anything a few hours before you go to bed. When you eat food at night, it will sit in your stomach and turn into fat. Make sure you are leaving at least three hours between your last meal and your bedtime. That should give your body enough time to burn the calories without leaving you hungry.
For losing weight, nothing is better than eating high amounts of fiber. Fiber is found in whole grain foods, nuts and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Fiber takes longer for the body to break it down, so you feel full for much longer and won’t start craving snacks and unhealthy foods.
When making breakfast in the morning, try to choose cereal for the majority of your meals. Selecting a cereal that is high in whole grains and fiber will help you control blood sugar, which will ultimately lead to weight loss. Stay away from cereals that are loading with artificial flavors and colors.
Stop spreading cream cheese or butter on your morning bagel. Instead use a butter substitute. You can also try spreads like peanut butter or almond butter. These are both lower in calories and fat. Peanut butter even contains protein. Protein is great for your body and if you are exercising properly, will help you lose weight faster.
Consider eating a piece of angel food cake the next time you crave a dessert. Completely ignoring your cravings can be stressful and frustrating. Some cakes, like angel food, are quite airy. As you might expect, this lack of substance means they don’t have too many calories.
Weight loss will hit a wall after a while. That’s just the way it is. In order to stay on track, try tricking your metabolism after a few weeks on a diet. Eat around 200 to 400 extra calories a day for 3 to 4 days, and then remove 400 to 600 calories from your diet. Your system will reboot, so to speak, and you’ll pick up where you left off with burning that fat.
We hope that, through reading this article, you now have a much clearer idea of the ways in which lasting weight loss occurs. Learning about the basics of healthy, long-term weight loss is one of the most effective steps that you can take towards achieving your weight loss goals.