The topic of weight loss must be second only to videos featuring cats falling off things in terms of popularity on the Internet. It seems like everyone has their own guaranteed solution. But if it was that easy, we would all be super svelte specimens with bulging muscles, not stomachs. The problem is twofold, knowing which advice to follow, and then actually following it with dedication.
The two factors are not unrelated. If you want to shed pounds and keep them off, you need to be following a regime that comes naturally and is a pleasure, rather than a chore. And while we are all different, there are some basics that apply to everyone to guarantee just that. Let’s take a look.
1. Eat Regularly
Most people assume that losing weight involves a basic calculation of expending more fuel than you take onboard. This is true, but just eating less will make you miserable, hungry and can affect your health. It is certainly not something you will feel excited about maintaining, either, so results will be short term and unsustained. The key is actually to eat at regular times throughout the day. This helps you to burn calories at a faster rate, and also reduces the temptation to have a quick snack.
2. Be Active
Sounds obvious, but there are different ways of doing it. Some of us love time at the gym, and if you are one of them, that’s fantastic. For others, it’s just not something they enjoy. Running, cycling, or even getting out there every day for a couple of hours to walk the dog are all alternatives. It is a case of finding something that you actually look forward to doing.
3. Read the Labels
You’d be amazed at the nutritional content, or lack thereof when it comes to certain foods. Just because something has the word “natural” in the brand name, don’t assume it is not full of sugar and salt. Get in the habit of actually reading the food labels, and you will know for sure what you are putting into yourself.
4. Don’t Dehydrate
It is easy for your body to confuse thirst with hunger, particularly when you have been exercising or working out, and you can find yourself stuffing candy bars when really, all you needed was a glass of water. Keep a regular flow of H2O into your system.
5. Enjoy Your Favorites
Finally, if you love chocolate, ice cream or McDonald’s, you don’t have to ban them forever. You will only get miserable and crave them more. Factor your favorites into your diet plan and allow yourself the occasional treat. After all, with this great weight loss regime, you definitely deserve it.
About the Author: Jane Sandwood is a professional freelance writer with over 10 years’ experience in many fields. Jane has a particular interest in issues relating to health, fitness, and nutrition. When Jane isn’t writing, she is busy spending time with her family. She also enjoys music, reading and traveling whenever she can.