Monday, May 26, 2008

10 Quick Weight Loss Tips

Eating and exercising are your partners in success when it comes to effective and quick weight loss. Dieting alone can cause a loss of muscle which not only reduces your shape, but also your ability to burn calories. When you exercise you need to eat well to support the body, as it rises up to the physical challenge.

Stick to the following quick weight loss tips and you will be able to combine healthy eating with fat burning exercise to achieve, and maintain that look you have always wanted:

  • Choose a diet that uses foods you like, and that consists of a decent variety. It should allow you to eat carbohydrates, proteins and some fats. Your body has evolved in using all these elements -- they wont harm you. The diet should let you eat 4 to 6 smaller meals a day, with snacks in between.

  • Eat low in fat, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, eat whole grains, avoid too much sugar, watch your salt intake and limit your consumption of alcohol.

  • Eat before and after exercising -- Eat at least 90 minutes before working out to fuel your body and to prevent indigestion. Eat afterwards to replace used energy.

  • Have breakfast -- Your body needs a kickstart in the morning to restart its metabolism -- don't deny it!

  • Always have nutritious snacks handy. Try to provide yourself with healthy alternatives to the wrong kinds of snacks, eat fruits, vegetable sticks, nuts, rice cakes and dried fruits.

  • Don't think of food as being "the enemy" -- When you work out regularly, you will start seeing it for what it is -- a source of energy. Ask yourself if what you are about to eat is nutritional and will give you energy. Or is it just empty calories?

  • Eat more often, but smaller portions. If you don't eat for a length of time, your metabolism will slow down.

  • If you really must be naughty and have that chocolate bar, have it after your workout. Your metabolism will be at its peak, and why not reward yourself?

  • Stay hydrated -- Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water each day. In stead of washing down a glass at a time, have a bottle of water handy and sip on it during the day.

  • Power snack before an upcoming meeting, or physical pursuit -- Stock up from the local health store with rice cakes, oats, rusks, sunflower bars, nuts and if you have a sweet tooth like me, yoghurt and honey!

Some of these may seem obvious, but we all need to be reminded sometimes of the true and healthy ways to quick weight loss -- and living an active life combined with wholesome nutrition.

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