It's so tempting to want a magic fix that will allow you to lose weight easily and quickly. No matter if you need to lose five pounds or over a hundred, it's not always very fun to put in the effort required to drop that weight. Unfortunately, losing weight is something you must be intentional about, and it does necessitate hard work. Happily, we have some great tips that will help you in your journey.
Now, everyone knows that drinking at least eight glasses of water, eating healthy and exercising is the right way to lose weight. Knowing that, however, still leaves you with a lot of questions. Hopefully, the following tips will clear some things up for you.
One tip that we've found helpful is to add, not subtract. What that means is that some people believe that getting healthy and losing weight means that you need to completely cut out foods from your diet. Actually, it's best to perhaps limit the amounts of certain foods, while adding in lots of healthy choices. Make sure you add in healthy foods and snacks you really love, so you don't feel like you're being deprived. On a related note, take recipes that you already love and tweak them to make them better for you. For instance, substitute low-fat cheese for the full fat version, or use whole wheat pasta in your spaghetti.
In today's society, portion sizes have never been more out of whack. Just take a trip through any fast food drive through and you'll notice how big the drink cups have gotten. Some of them even require two hands to hold! Educate yourself on what an adult portion actually is. At first, it will most likely shock you, and it may take some getting used to. Keep at it, though, because consuming accurate portions will serve you in good stead.
Finally, listen to your body's cues. Most of us are full before we stop eating. The key factor in accomplishing this is slowing down and savoring your food. That way, your body has time to let you know that you're full, and you can refrain from overeating. Pair this tip along with accurate portion sizes, and you could potentially lose weight just from those two changes.
If you really want to jump start your weight loss regimen, however, pair eating right with exercise. If you're the type who hates exercise, start slow. Take a nice walk around your neighborhood when it's nice out. Perhaps you hate running and walking, so you've never ventured out into other activities. There are tons of activities that will get you active, and you're sure to find something you actually enjoy doing. Maybe you're best in the water. For you, swimming or water aerobics should be on the top of your list. Whatever you enjoy, find it, and get moving!
Let's face it. Losing weight takes effort and dedication. It doesn't have to be miserable, though. If you employ these tips, you can shed those pounds while eating food you enjoy and being active in exercises you actually like doing.