Saturday, May 17, 2008

Seven Weight Loss Tips

Have you ever wondered why it is that some people seem to find it so easy to lose weight, but you tend to struggle and struggle with it, only to find you've gained a few pounds instead? Then this article is specifically for you. Here are 7 tips that, if followed, should help just about anyone lose weight.

1. Give up fast food! Few things improve a person's health as drastically as a commitment to give up the fast food habit. If you can't give it up completely, then decide that you won't eat it more than once a month.

2. Change your snacking habits. Notice we didn't say to stop snacking. Truthfully, it's healthy to snack throughout the day--as long as the snacks are the right kind. If you eat fresh fruits and vegetables several times a day, including between meals, you decrease the likelihood that you'll overeat at meal time. However, if all of your snacks are fatty foods like potato chips and donuts, you'd be better off just to eat all you want at meal time.

3. Choose your oils wisely. Rather than using a lot of hydrogenated oils, eat foods with olive oil or Omega 9 fatty acids. These are healthier for you and co-exist better with a desire to lose weight.

4. Count your calories on paper. One of the most productive habits you can develop is to make yourself write down everything you eat during the day and how many calories it has. This will involve getting a notebook specifically for this purpose, as well as a book that contains calorie amounts (Or, if you prefer, there are several websites that contain anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000 food items and their nutritional information). Writing down calories will do several things for you.

First, it will make you conscious of what you eat, pulling you out of that half-conscious state of eating when you're bored, without even thinking about what you're doing.

Second, it will sometimes make you decide not to eat. That's because looking up the item and writing it down can become a chore. Often we'd rather just not eat the food than to bother with recording its calorie count.

And third, by monitoring how many calories you've eaten, you can better understand how much more food you can eat during the day to reach your recommended calorie count.

5. Shun the tendency of comparing yourself to others. Remember that every person is different, and their bodies are different. This means that one person needs more calories a day than another person the same height. It also means that each person loses weight at a different rate, and in a different way, from everybody else.

6. Avoid the pills. Remember, there's still no such thing as a magic pill that makes you lose weight with no sacrifice.

7. Get a good bathroom scale and use it religiously. If your scale is analog, ditch it. They're notoriously inaccurate. Get a digital one instead, and force yourself to weigh each day, at the same time, wearing about the same amount of clothing.

Candie Zimmer recommends the following weight loss & fitness guides which are all available for instant download right now! Fat Loss 4 Idiots for diet, Burn The Fat Feed The Muscle for exercise, and Turbulence Training which is also for exercise.


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