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How to Lose Weight in a Comfortable Way
Many people have tried to lose weight using extremely difficult workouts and complicated or overly restrictive diets. These programs can be confusing, expensive and feel too hard to maintain long-term. Studies have shown that weight loss is easier and more comfortable when you make more subtle changes over longer periods of time. In addition, it's easier to maintain the weight you've lost.With a few tips and tricks you can lose weight and improve your overall health without using an uncomfortable or difficult diet program.
Modifying Your Food Choices
Journal your food for a week.Write down everything you eat in one week. Keeping track of all your meals, snacks, and beverages will help you get a good idea of what your diet looks like. You'll be able to learn a lot from this information - like what good eating habits you have and what ones might need to change.
- Include work days and weekend days. You typically eat differently on your days off than you do on a more scheduled weekday.
- Take some time and circle or highlight any problem areas you see. For example, take note of nighttime or boredom snacking or extra large portions.
- Be sure to keep honest and accurate notes of everything. This exercise won't be as helpful if you're not accurate with your reporting.
Eat smaller portions.Counting calories or points, measuring portions or avoiding certain food groups can make dieting frustrating and unappealing. To make life easy, try eating smaller portions. Even without changing the foods you eat, smaller portions automatically cut out some calories and may result in weight loss.
- If you don't want to measure specific portions, use plates or bowls that will limit how much food you can consume at one sitting. Use salad or appetizer plates, smaller bowls or try using a smaller fork to eat with.
- Drink a glass of water before eating. This will help you feel more satisfied and curb your hunger before a meal which could result in smaller portions.
- Listen to your body. If you pay attention and take your time eating, you'll notice you feel satisfied with a smaller portion. Eating too fast or not paying attention to how you feel sets you up to finish off larger portions that you actually need.
Always include a fruit or vegetable.Fruits and vegetables are low calorie, nutritious foods that can help aid weight loss. If you make half of your portions a fruit or a vegetable, this will help cut down on overall calories and help support weight loss.
- Choose a variety of different fruits and vegetables each day. Try to go for different colors throughout the day as well. Each color contains different essential nutrients.
- When you're preparing fruits and vegetables, it is best to eat them raw. If you cook them, use only small amounts of oil or fats such as butter. This will help keep the calories low.
- Fruits and vegetables will also add volume and bulk to your dishes. They help make you feel like you're eating more, but keep the calories low.
Choose low-fat protein sources.Protein foods are another important part to a weight loss plan. High protein foods that are low in fat help keep you feeling satisfied but also keep calories low.
- Try to choose low-fat or leaner protein choices. Choose white meat or poultry without skin, lean cuts of beef or low-fat dairy instead of full fat. Items like eggs, seafood, legumes, or tofu are generally lower in calories.
- Prepare lean protein without adding excessive amounts of butter or oil and do not deep fry these items. Also be aware of high calorie sauces, marinades or dressings.
Switch to 100% whole grains.There are many benefits to whole grain foods. They are higher in fiber, protein and other essential nutrients compared to foods that are made from refined white flour (like white bread).
- The extra fiber that whole grains provide can also help you stay satisfied with less and keep you feeling satisfied longer.
- If you're not a fan of 100% whole grains, try just making 1/2 of your grain choices whole. Also try a variety of different types of whole grains or brands. With some trial and error you might find something you enjoy.
- Whole grain foods to try include: oats, quinoa, brown rice, 100% whole grain bread or barley.
Cut back on indulgences.One of the harder things to do when dieting or losing weight is to cut back and monitor treats and indulgences. These types of foods or beverages need to be monitored in order to successfully lose weight and maintain weight loss.
- Decide what "moderation" means to you. It could mean a sweet treat once a week, a glass of wine every Friday night or a higher calorie dinner a few times a month.
- Be honest about how often you're indulging. If you're treating yourself too often you'll have difficulty losing weight.
- Another way to limit indulgences is to choose one indulgence at a time. For example, if you're out to dinner choose to have a glass of wine or dessert. Not both. Or choose a burger and a side salad instead of a burger and fries.
Keep healthy foods handy.If there are easy, on-the-go, healthy options available, you'll be more likely to pick these items over unhealthy treats.
- Keep healthy, easy to eat snacks around like: fresh fruit (make sure to wash and cut if needed), washed, and cut vegetables, individual yogurts or containers of cottage cheese, low-fat cheese sticks, individual bags of nuts or hard boiled eggs.
- Also keep easy to prepare items around for quick meals. For example, choose pre-washed or cut vegetables or frozen vegetables to help get meals on the table with ease.
Stick to unsweetened beverages.Studies show that people who drink sweetened or high calorie beverages weigh more and have difficulty losing weight compared to people who stick to low or no calorie beverages.
- Ditch sugary, sweetened beverages like: regular soda, fruit juices, sports drinks, sweetened teas and coffees.
- Try to drink at least 64 oz or 2 L of no-calorie beverages like: water, sugar-free flavored water, unsweetened decaf coffee or tea and no-calorie sports drinks.
Incorporating Physical Activity
Add in more lifestyle activity.If you don't have time or don't want to spend time exercising regularly, try increasing your daily lifestyle activities. These are exercises you already do and increasing them can help you burn more calories throughout the day.
- Think about your day and see if you can find additional ways to add in more steps or to move more. A little planning can help you find a few ways to add in activity or find an extra few minutes to be active.
- Try adding in activity like: taking the stairs over the elevator, parking far away from your destination and standing or walk in place during TV commercials.
- Make a rule to walk to your destinations if they are under 1 mile (if safe and appropriate for you). Skip taking the bus or driving.
Go for a 30 minute walk.Going to the gym, doing high intensity aerobic classes or spending money on expensive equipment isn't possible or comfortable for everyone. Walking is an activity that most healthy people can do that can help burn calories and increase your cardiovascular fitness.
- If you walk 30 minutes on five days of the week, you'll be meeting the minimum guidelines for physical activity (150 minutes per week).
- If you don't have time for a full 30 mins, try breaking up your walk into three 10 minute increments.
Add in 20 minutes of strength training.You don't have to spend hours in the gym or purchase expensive equipment to include strength training. Even light weight resistance training can help increase muscle mass and muscle tone.
Think outside the box.Sometimes people think exercise just means running on a treadmill, but there are tons of ways to get exercise, inside and outside the gym. Try a new machine at the gym, or go for a long bike ride or a challenging hike. Try jumping rope or playing hopscotch with your kids or younger siblings.
- Put on some upbeat music and dance around your house. This is a fun way to get your heart rate up and get some exercise.
- Make walking fun by taking an interesting tour or visiting a local museum. Or try skipping instead of walking or running.
- Play a sport. Try joining a local soccer, tennis or basketball team for a fun and exciting way to be active.
QuestionCan you lose 10 pounds in a week?
Personal TrainerPersonal TrainerExpert AnswerIt is considered safe and healthy to lose up to one percent (1%) of your total body weight in a week. Therefore, if you weigh 1000 pounds, then yes, you can safely lose 10 pounds in a week.Thanks!
QuestionWhat is the healthiest way to lose weight?
Personal TrainerPersonal TrainerExpert AnswerModify your diet to reduce empty calories like sugars and gradually increase your physical activity, to work up to 150 minutes of cardio per week. Faster loss might occur if diet and exercise are changed a great deal, but this is harder to sustain and usually leads to falling off the wagon and gaining the weight all back.Thanks!
QuestionWhich type of exercise is best for weight loss?
Personal TrainerPersonal TrainerExpert AnswerIf you are physically able to run, it is probably the best way to burn off excess calories and fat. If not, try walking, swimming, bicycling or some other total body exercise which causes you to have a sustained elevated heart rate.Thanks!
QuestionWhat is the best way to lose belly fat?
Personal TrainerPersonal TrainerExpert AnswerBelly fat, like all fat on the body, will only burn off through a calorie deficit. That means you have to eat fewer calories to burn off the excess calories that you eat - or excess calories you've already eaten that have turned to fat.Thanks!
- Always speak to your doctor prior to starting any weight loss program.
- Discontinue any physical activity routine if you have any pain. Consult with your doctor and do not restart until approved by your physician.
- Making small changes over a long period of time can help you lose weight and keep it off long term. Take your weight loss plan one step at a time for the best results.
- Keep track of your progress in a journal. This may help keep you motivated long-term.
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