Saturday, June 28, 2008

Creative Weight Loss Tips

Snack Throughout the Day
Contrary to popular belief, snacking throughout the day is much more healthy and likely to result in weight loss than starving yourself and eating only a few large meals. It will help keep your energy levels up and you will be less likely to overeat in one sitting.

Avoid Alcohol
This is probably one of the easiest ways to shed pounds, especially if you are only a social drinker. Alcohol (especially beer and wine) is loaded with empty calories and has nearly seven calories in every gram. If you must have a drink, replace your usual ones with nonalcoholic beer or wine - they have nearly half the calories of the regular stuff.

Drink lots of Water
Drinking water can help stave off hunger and help you eat less. In fact, try drinking a glass of water before each meal to help you eat smaller portions. You'll find that you will feel full without stuffing yourself.

Try Cinnamon Gum
It's said that cinnamon flavor is more stimulating and can keep you satisfied longer than fruity or mint gum.

Sleep In!
Getting enough sleep is essential to help the body rejuvenate and revitalize. Sleep depravation can inhibit weight loss more than you think. Make sure you get plenty of sleep each night (7-8 hours).

Energy Pill
While I would certainly not say that taking a supplement (such as the Zantrex energy pill) is always a guaranteed quick-fix, I do think that it can help jump-start weight loss by encouraging a new and improved lifestyle. Using a weight loss supplement to help shed those first few pounds may just be the motivation you need to sustain long-term weight loss.

Don't Shop Hungry!
Do not...and I not go food shopping on an empty stomach! It will only result in impulsive buys of junk food, which is not only bad for your health but perhaps your wallet as well.

Join a Gym
If you have trouble getting motivated to exercise at home, join a gym! Most gyms have free exercise classes for members and you're bound to find one you enjoy. See if they offer hip-hop dance, salsa, cycling, yoga, kick-boxing, etc. Many also offer gender specific classes, perfect for individuals who are not comfortable exercising with the other sex.

Buy a Bathing Suit
It may be 30 degrees out, but go out and buy your absolute favorite bathing suit. Buy it in the size that you are hoping to (realistically) be in the summer and use that as motivation to get yourself in shape!


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