Losing weight and keeping the weight off is a long term commitment. It requires determination, willpower, and common sense. There are 100’s of weight loss tips available, and the ones listed below are probably not new to you, but they are the ones that helped me lose over 40 pounds. I lost the weight slowly, but have kept it off for 3 years now. Hopefully the tips will be useful to you as well!
1. Don’t go hungry. Most people who are dieting don’t eat enough and then they get so hungry that they just give up. It’s better to eat a little too much than not enough.
2. A lot of people get too impatient and give up when they don’t see results as quickly as they want. People need to realize that there is no “short-cut” to losing weight. Sure, you might lose a few pounds with the latest fad diet in a short amount of time, but you will put the weight right back on (plus a few more pounds) as soon as you start eating normally again.
3. Your daily eating habits are very important to controlling your weight. A good way to reduce weight is to choose foods that are lower in calories for the meals you have every day and for snacks. All you need to do is pick foods you eat regularly and then look for lower-calorie alternatives.
4. Drinking more water will help keep curb your appetite by making you feel full and by helping your metabolism. A good formula for knowing how much water to drink is to multiply your bodyweight by .66 to get the required number of ounces per day. Water is necessary for the metabolism of your stored fat. Another way to use water to lose weight is to drink a large glass of ice water just before meals. The cold causes your stomach to shrink slightly, making you feel full faster.
5. Eating smaller meals throughout the day will keep your hunger down, so when mealtime comes you will not overeat. Space the meals out to about one every 3 hours.
6. Hide tempting snacks – if they are out of sight it will be easier to not eat them. When you do have a snack, try to avoid snacking after dinner and before bed. By skipping night snacking, you can cut calories and will most likely wake up hungry and want to eat breakfast. Eating a healthy breakfast is a great way to start your day. Your body needs the fuel and skipping breakfast can cause a 40% drop in your metabolism rate.
7. Don’t go grocery shopping when you are hungry. You will be more likely to buy the high sugar and fatty snacks if you are hungry than if you go shopping on a full stomach.
8. Keep a journal of what you eat and when you eat it. Doing this will help you identify areas of weakness. Once identified, you can come up with ways to avoid those weak areas.
9. Don’t eat while watching TV, reading, or driving. You will be too distracted and will most likely eat more than you intended. When you are not focused on your meal, you may not feel that your hunger has been satisfied. Try to eat foods that force you to slow down such as hard-boiled eggs that you have to peel. The time spent on peeling the egg is less time you’ll spend eating. Also you tend to eat hot foods slower, such as soup. Anything that lengthens your meal is good for weight loss.
10. Set a certain timeframe for your weight loss to help keep yourself motivated. The thought of slimming down for a special event such as a vacation, wedding, or family reunion could be your key to success. Just be careful not to be too aggressive with your goal and get discouraged if you haven’t lost as much weight as you wanted within the timeframe you set.
11. Don’t weigh yourself more than once a week. If you weigh more often than that, you might not see any improvement in your weight and can become discouraged. In fact, it might be better to use a measuring tape instead of a scale. Then you can measure how many inches you’ve lost instead of worrying about pounds.
12. Don’t beat yourself up if you overeat, especially at a social event or special occasion. All dieters have good days and bad days. Just get back on track as soon as possible.
13. Think of a reward for yourself once you’ve reached your weight lost goal. Keeping your eye on the prize will be a great motivator for success.
14. Get some exercise! You can shed pounds with just 30 minutes of exercise a day. Walking is a great way to get exercise, even if it’s just walking up and down the hallway at work.
15. Don’t feel like you are being deprived when others are eating certain foods and your mind is telling you that you “can’t” eat them. Tell yourself that you choose not to eat certain foods … and since it is your choice to improve your health by losing weight, you are not being deprived – you’re making yourself better!
Good luck to everyone who is trying to lose weight. I hope these tips help someone else. Just think how proud you will be of yourself when you achieve your weight loss goals!