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Reach Your Weight Loss Goals With These Great Ideas

By Dr Pj Prakash


Are you having a difficult time losing weight? You know the right things to do, but you are just having a hard time motivating yourself to actually do them. Perhaps the key is to start with a few smaller changes rather than a complete overhaul. Try these few tips to see just how easy small changes can be.

If you're trying to lose weight, remember that the key to weight loss is moderation, not exclusion. If you deny yourself any foods you enjoy, you're much less likely to stick to your program. So, allow yourself a small portion of your favorite food every once in a while, but couple it with generally healthier eating.

It's hard to lose weight if you don't allow yourself any treats. One good way to have your treat and eat it to is to buy one bag or container of something you love to eat per week and no more. Allow yourself a little of your treat per day and you won't feel as deprived and overeat something else.

For optimal weight loss, reconsider your preconceived notions about food and nutrition. For example, just because one item at the fast food place is healthier than another item doesn't make the fast food stop a good choice. Understanding the best ways to meet your nutritional needs will help you to best set up a diet that meets your desires and your body's needs.

If you are trying to limit your calorie intake while maximizing your nutritional benefit, skip or limit the condiments. Most salad dressings and sandwich toppings are high in fat, while even low-calorie options such as ketchup or mustard are high in salt. Limit the condiments you eat to the ones you really need to enjoy your food.

In order to lose weight, you should be active for at least 30 minutes a day. This is a good start for those who are inactive. The exercise does not need to be strenuous, just enough to get you up and moving. You will feel better, digest your food better and have more energy.

Go ahead and throw out those high calorie foods. It might feel wasteful, but if you are serious about losing weight it might be a good idea to hurry and get rid of any foods that might tempt you to stray from your diet. Clean out your fridge and pantries to make room for healthier foods.

Although it is tempting to check your weight every day or even several times a day when dieting, try to resist this impulse. Weight fluctuates several pounds throughout the day, so you cannot get an accurate picture of your progress and can become discouraged, which may lead to overeating.

Allow yourself a treat. Deprivation is one of the biggest causes of weight loss failure. When you completely deprive yourself of foods you love, it can often lead to a binge if your resolve weakens. Instead of completely eliminating your favorite junk foods, allow yourself a small amount as a treat once in a while. Moderation is the key here - a single cookie instead of the whole package will satisfy your sweet tooth without spoiling your diet.

Keep a food diary. Carry a notebook with you and write down everything that you eat and drink, and the time of day. You may begin to notice a pattern. Do you tend to snack during the late morning? This could be because you skipped breakfast. Do you fill up with snacks after dinner? You are probably snacking while watching tv, and aren't even aware exactly how much you are eating. By focussing on these patterns, you will be able to change your habits accordingly.

You are more likely to stick with these new habits if you focus on making a few small changes at a time. Try adding only one or two of these tips a week, and you will be lighter and healthier in just a few months. Make these habits part of your regular routine, and you will benefit throughout the rest of your life.




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