Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Article # 338. 5 Tips To Uncomplicate Your Weight-Loss Journey
Loosing weight is treading the difficult journey towards self-discipline but you can make the road less bumpy by simplifying your ride down the weight-loss lane. A simple diet plan with fewer rules, no-frills and everyday mini goals is far more achievable than complicated fad diets and lofty weight loss marks that turn your life around 360 degrees. So its been recommend making simple changes to your daily habits for the long haul and these basic 5 tips that will glide you over all the daily potholes as you cruise down the weight-loss highway and keep you on the diet wagon for life:
Tip#1 Make friends with your weight –loss tools: Treat the weighing scales, diet supplements and calorie apps as your friends rather than foes. Remember half the battle is in your mind so the more positively you embrace the means, the better will be the outcome. So instead of dreading the weighing scale, make it the first thing you do after you get out of bed every morning. And don’t wrinkle your nose at the protein bars, steamed veggies and meal replacement shakes…find ways to make them palatable to your taste buds.
Tip#2: Make never skip breakfast your mantra for life- You have heard it time and again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eating breakfast kickstarts your metabolism to a healthy start and fuels you up for your daily activities, but make sure that your choice of foods is low in glycemic index to avoid spiking your sugar levels and hunger cravings. Stick to whole-grain cereals, barley, oatmeal, egg whites, fruits and whole-grain bread. According to data from National Weight Control Registry, majority of people who maintained a weight loss of around 30 pounds annually reported eating breakfast every day.
Tip#3: Attend to your snacking- Talking about mini changes… it’s not just the big meals you eat but your snacking as well that needs a rehaul for weight-loss results. Planning ahead is everything- whether you load up your fridge with low-fat and fat-free yogurts, nuts and seeds, or string cheese and fruits. Fix timings for your little treats to keep from straying and aim to have one 3 to 4 hours after lunch to keep your metabolism and energy revved.
Tip#4: Prolong your dinnertime- If you’re starving you are more likely to wolf down your winner so chew your food slowly which also lets your body absorb more nutrients. I like to start with a light soup or a salad and eat it slowly before I get to the proteins, etc in my meal. If nothing else drink some water. To be more in tune with you hunger signals, concentrate on taste and texture and eat with company or using fine cutlery and chopsticks to make the meal an experience rather a quick fix gulp down.
Tip#5: Tracking what you eat on a regular basis-This has lead to more weigh-loss success so jotting down your meals, in-between nibbles and beverages go a long-way in weight-loss world. But don’t beat yourself up if you find it frustrating to do it everyday. I usually just try to be mindful about my daily calorie intake or some people do it for a couple of days a week. Do whatever works for you but its important to think about your daily calorie consumption.
The less complicated your weight-loss plan is, the higher are the chances of success and after that you are more likely to stick to simple changes in your life for the long haul. So get started here on un-complicating the everyday process…