Tips For Permanent Weight Loss
You know as well as I do that all weight loss tips are not created equal. Some are of vital importance and others are useless and should be ignored. These tips, however, are of vital importance and should be followed if you want to arrive at your weight loss goal anytime in the near future. They are easy to follow and if you do follow them, you will love the results that they bring.
It is important to set key dates for your weight loss goals and then strive to meet those goals before those dates. For example, if you plan to lose 10 pounds within the first month and then 5 pounds for every month thereafter, until you reach your ultimate goal of 30 lbs, this gives you a plan to meet your goal and you know that if you are doing the right things and you don’t meet your goal, you need to change your way of doing things to achieve your goal. More than anything, having a clear goal and a date by which to achieve it gives you something to celebrate when you do achieve it. This little piece of achievement can give you more motivation to carry you through to your final weight loss goals and in the end, will prove more important to than almost anything else.
The Right Diet
Eating the right foods may be the most important part of your weight loss journey. It’s essential to limit your intake of grains and starchy foods that are not high in fiber and nutrition. Bread, especially white bread, are some of the hardest foods to break away from. This is because of their addictive nature which, in turn, is due to the genetic engineering that today’s wheat has gone through. It’s been modified to get more output from one crop of wheat that what used to be grown just 50 years ago and in doing so it’s less nutritious and more fattening. Worse yet it leaves you craving for more of it, simply because it is less nutritious. Thus, it’s addictive nature. According to cardiologist William Davis, MD, author of the bestselling book Wheat Belly, modern wheat is a highly addictive complex carbohydrate since it contains a special protein called gliadin, which has the same effect on brain receptors as opium. What you should eat is food high in fiber as the World Health Organization concluded that dietary fiber was the only dietary component that had convincing evidence showing a protective effect against weight gain and obesity. High fiber foods include all fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts. Although grains used to be on this list, I can’t in good conscience include wheat anymore and it’s even difficult to include the other grains like oat, rice, and corn from what I’ve learned from Dr. Daniel Amen in his book Use Your Brain to Change Your Age that grains aren’t all that good for your health or weight loss. Dr. Davis reaffirms this in his book, Wheat Belly.
Being Consistent is key when it comes to losing weight. As I’m sure you already know, it’s much harder to lose weight than it is to put it on. You need to be consistent with your weight loss efforts if you want to see changes. This is a crucial tip that you have to abide by to give you the weight loss you desire. To give you an example of why you need to be consistent, think about what is really required in order to lose weight. You can’t go back to what put your weight on. Albert Einstein once said, “problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them”, meaning to change the way you are, you have to change the way you do things. If eating certain food made you overweight in the first place, you cannot continue to eat those foods. To change your weight you must change the foods you eat. This means no more high sugar drinks (soda & juice drinks), no more processed foods (quick pre-made dinners), no more fast foods (floured and fried foods). Instead, these need to be replaced with high fiber fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, sprouts and lean meats. Start to read labels. Read them religiously. Know what you’re putting in your body. If you don’t know what’s in the foods buy off the shelf, how can any you expect to know what you’re eating?
Cardio AND Weight Training
Many of my female clients are very quick to shy away from weight training and conversely, many of my male clients are very quick to shy away from cardio training. However, in order to achieve a well-rounded physique, you need to be doing both. This is because the more muscle we have, the higher our metabolism becomes and the more fat we burn while resting. Also, cardio is, in my opinion, the most effective way of burning fat, as it can be performing by people of all experience levels and can be performed almost anywhere. When we build muscle and burn fat at the same time, we accelerate our progress, as the 2 results will eventually meet in the middle. So whether you are just starting out or a fitness veteran, these 3 weight loss tips will help you get more out of your exercise and diet plan. Remember then to set specific goals for yourself, be consistent with your efforts and mix up your training from time to time.