If you change your lifestyle including diet, exercise and bad habits, you’ll find that your weight will drop off and it will stay off. It sounds extreme, but if you’re really dedicated to change you will find it comes a lot faster than you expected. Here are some ideas to help you on your journey:
Once you have decided to lose weight, take an index card and write down all the reasons you want or need to lose the weight. Carry this card in your purse or pocket. Remembering the reasons for changing to a healthier lifestyle will enable you to make good choices.
When on a weight loss plan, plate your food in the kitchen before sitting down to eat instead of serving food ‘family style’ at the table. You are more likely to plate smaller portions and wait before adding food to your plate. By waiting you allow time to feel full.
A great way to lose weight is to quit smoking. A lot of people might disagree and will say that you gain weight when you stop smoking, but when you quit smoking, you’ll have a lot more energy for working out. Smoking might suppress your appetite, but it also sucks away your energy.
Salads are a great meal if you are looking to lose weight; but use caution. If you don’t have ready access to nutritional facts when you are at a restaurant, make sure to order the dressing on the side, then dress the salad with half of what you are given. Restaurant dressings often have surprising amounts of calories and fat.
Try joining a weight loss program to make it easier for you to lose weight. Many people find that they have much more success sticking to their decision to lose weight if they have a support group around them. Try becoming a member of a group in your area, like Weight Watchers, TOPS or Jenny Craig.
A great tip to aid in your weight loss goals is to do strength training regularly. If you have more muscle, then the calories you eat will go to the muscle before they contribute to fat. In addition, muscle burns approximately four times as many calories as fat. Aim to do strength training twenty minutes a day three to four times a week.
Using leftovers to create new, nutritious lunches not only helps decrease your waistline, but it also increases your wallet. While preparing your healthy supper, prepare a little extra so that you can have it for lunch the following day. You can make chicken salad and turn that into a healthy pita sandwich for lunch. This gives you a quick lunch without needing to plan.
If you are a salad lover, it is important to make your own dressing. Make a vinaigrette based dressing and keep it in your fridge. Many store-bought dressings are filled with calories, that can turn a healthy salad into a dieters nightmare. Be careful with how much you use, everything should be done in moderation.
When you’re changing your lifestyle to lose weight you need all the support in the world. What we’ve included here is only a jumping off point, it’s up to you to make other changes that you feel comfortable with to increase your weight loss until your goal is met.