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Making Healthy Choices To Maintain Weight Loss Goals

 


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Losing weight is a very common goal for most people, and it can also be one of the hardest goals to achieve. Whether you are just trying to tone up or you are trying to redesign your entire lifestyle, a lot of time and effort is required to effectively and permanently lose the weight. So many products on the market today claim to be the new ‘cure-all wonder pill, ’ but most often than not it's the simple things that can help you reach your goals.

BABY STEPS!

Weight loss is hard, and learning new routines is even harder. Most people who start a new diet or exercise regime believe that they will see drastic results in their first week. Then, when they don't see the results they had hoped for they are disappointed and then quit. The most important thing to do when starting a new weight loss plan is to set small, reasonable goals. Don't keep thinking about how many pounds you need to lose to be completely satisfied - instead, focus on losing 1 pound, 5 pounds, 10 pounds, et cetera. Start small and work from there. Also, if you don't reach a goal do not be disgruntled that you didn't lose x amount of weight.

DIETING

Most people cringe at the word ‘diet, ’ and with good reason. Popular culture teaches us to believe that dieting is painful and difficult when it really doesn't have to be. Slowly integrating healthy choices in your diet is the best way to transition into a healthier lifestyle. Most people who drastically change their eating habits in one quick event usually aren't able to stick with it.

Start by purchasing low fat products like ‘I Can't Believe It's Not Butter’ instead of normal butter, or purchasing low fat salad dressings instead of regular. Some low fat products do take some time to get used to, but when you're finally used to the flavor, it will all seem second nature to you. After that, integrate more fruits and vegetables into your diet. Also, substitution is a great way to cut unnecessary calories and fat. Using olive, grape seed, or flax oil instead of butter when you cook will greatly cut down on fats, and substituting whole grain breads and pastas for white breads and pastas will reduce the amount of processed ingredients you're in-taking and increase the amount of fiber you get.

It is also very important to eat slowly. It takes your body 20 minutes from the time you eat until your stomach tells your brain that you're full; and 20 minutes is certainly enough time to pack in that extra bit of food that you could easily spare. The basic equation for weight loss is this: to lose weight you must intake fewer calories than you're burning each day. When you gain weight you are in-taking more calories than you burn each day. If you eat lean, nutritious meals routinely, you will find the pounds flying off easier than ever!

EXERCISE

You don't need to hit the gym every day to be active and burn calories. Simple every day adjustments are often enough to give you that edge that you need. Walking an extra couple blocks each day or taking the stairs instead of the elevator can help you burn an extra few hundred calories!

Jim Mackey is a renowned dietitian. He has been advising people on how to maintain a proper diet and how to lose those extra calories. If you want to know more about How to lose weight south beach diet, diet plans, diabetic diet you can visit www.dietsinreview.com

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