Weight Loss Tips That Will Slim You Down

Weight Loss Tips That Will Slim You Down

When trying to lose weight, you should never do it alone. The best thing to do is to talk with your physician to establish a plan. After that you should find a group of friends and family that can give you their support. With a good support system and the right advice, weight loss will happen.

You need to change your diet. If being overweight is a problem for you, remember what Albert Einstein said, “Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them“. This means that if you’re eating the wrong kind of foods and those foods put weight on you, you cannot continue to eat those same kind of foods. You must, therefore, change your diet. You are what you eat, as it’s  the foods you eat that have more impact on your body than anything else.

If you have a problem with weight right now, I can almost guarantee you that you’re eating the wrong kind of foods. You’re probably eating a lot of breads, pastries, floured and fried foods. These are the kind of foods that I grew up on because my mother didn’t know any better. I didn’t know any better until I started to research it. Only then were my eyes opened. I learned that instead of filling up on grains (which were on the bottom of the food pyramid), I should be filling up on fruits and vegetables that are high in complex carbohydrates and fiber, and are packed with micro-nutrients like carotenoids and phytochemicals. I also make sure I get enough protein and essential oils, like olive oil and fish oil.

For protein, meat isn’t necessary, although one portion a day does have it’s benefits. A better source for protein is to get it from legumes like beans and peas, and nuts, all have much more fiber than that of meat for your sources of protein. Fiber has been recognized by the World Health Organization as being a component that actually contributes to weight loss and fights obesity. In 2003, 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.

 How do you get fiber in your diet? – Simple, eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Notice I said whole grains and not processed grains like bleached white flour and bread, and semolina pasta. Bleached white flour, the primary ingredient in white bread and semolina pasta all are made of wheat without the best part of it, the bran and germ. These are the parts of the grain that have the protein and nutrients in it and provide you with the natural fiber that it has without the bleaching and processing. Instead of buying and eating semolina pasta, you should try whole wheat pasta.

Use less sauces and dressings in your foods – Sauces and dressings are often made with oil or contain lots of sugar. Drowning your green salad in dressing or smothering your baked potato in sour cream, adds a lot of fat and calories. You can try using substitutes, such as non-fat sour cream, but you should also experiment with more spices to flavor your food.

 

Avoid skipping meals – When you don’t eat regularly, your body can go into what is known as starvation mode. Essentially, what this means is that your body begins to think that you are starving and in an effort to keep you alive it starts hanging on to fat rather than burning it. This makes it far more difficult to lose weight. Instead of skipping meals, focus on eating 5-6 small meals at regular intervals throughout the day. Eat more often…just eat smaller portions of the right foods.

 

A great tip that may help you lose weight is to ditch all of those breakfast cereals that contain way too much sugar, and eat oatmeal instead. Oatmeal is one of the best sources of carbohydrates around. The energy you get from eating oatmeal (especially steel cut) will practically fuel your whole day.

When eating with others, people tend to consume more than they realize. They are so involved in conversation and having a good time, they don’t pay attention to what they are eating. In order to lose weight, it is suggested not to mix eating with having a good time. If you go out with friends for food, remember to pay attention to how much you eat, and be careful not to overdo it.

Remember if you are counting calories, to make sure you count the calories in beverages as well as food. Drinking even two or three sodas or beers each day can add up to a large number of calories over the course of a week. This may be the cause for lack of weight loss in some people.

Trying to follow tons of new rules is what makes dieting so difficult for many people. You do not have to employ each and every bit of advice that you read. The best thing to do is to try a few and then stick with the ones that show you the best results. But you shouldn’t just take my word for it. You should learn from the experts…..

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