Losing weight is never fun. Gaining it is. You eat and drink as much as you like. Losing it, however, often means that you are going to have to cut out all of the fun foods that you like. Most people don’t realize that a lot of the food they intake has a large calorie input and, as such, really struggle to shift the weight. Sadly, as with most good things in life, there is no quick, easy fix. In fact, it is encouraged to do it slowly and gradually so that you can maintain the weight loss. This article will give you some ideas on how to lose weight effectively and in the right time frame.
In theory, you should aim to lose 1-2 pounds per week. Avoiding fad diets and losing weight too fast can ensure that all your hard work continues and is duly rewarded.
One of the first things you will ever hear or learn about how to lose weight is that it comes down to calories in vs. calories out. In theory, that is the gist of it. However, there are multiple factors that can affect this more than just exercise and what you eat and drink.
Your metabolism, e.g., how well your body turns food and calories into fuel and energy, is massively important. If you cut too many calories, your body won’t get the nutrients it needs and will begin to eat itself for fuel. Educating yourself about exercise can help here. For ideas on exercises, you can complete as part of a healthy lifestyle, visit the Steel Library.
One way to make sure you don’t cut too many calories is to cut back on portions rather than skipping meals. Reducing the size of your meal means that you will automatically reduce calorie intake. Just make sure you aren’t snacking around mealtimes. Drinking water instead can help with this.
Something that can be tricky to work against is not snacking and exercising. Exercise will make your body crave food. By planning a stricter diet, you can make sure you don’t overindulge.
This can help you along with your planning. Apps have become so handy when it comes to tracking what you are eating. Some will even put the calories in for you rather than you having to find them out yourself. It can be as simple as scanning a bar code. Failing that, pen and paper also work.
Also, if you are struggling to keep up with your diet, you could always try creating a support network. Groups like weight watchers thrive, not because their plan is especially unique or revolutionary, but that when you go to these groups, you are all on the same journey and can help each other through it. Though, you and a friend could do the same, making sure that you hold each other accountable for what you are eating. It is much harder to justify that late-night binge when your friend has been so well behaved.
Why do you eat?
This can be an important one. Of course, the answer immediately is because you are hungry. However, many people find that during times of stress, anxiety, and sadness, they eat as well. Equally, how else do you socialize if not round somebody’s house for food and drink or trying out the latest restaurant? Try exploring different ways of coping with these situations. Going for a walk or committing to a hobby can be effective.
When do you eat?
The time of day that you eat can also affect how you lose weight. Your body is more active and awake during the day. If you find that you are eating quite late, then it is likely that this is one reason why the weight will stick around. The body is most effective between 7 am-7 pm. Try to limit your eating to those times.
Changing your diet and exercise regime is hard. As the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” You need to stick to it and create a new lifestyle. This will make your weight-loss sustainable and make sure that you can maintain it.
It is pointless committing to 6 weeks of intensive fasting. Not only will you be miserable, but when you inevitably splurge at the end, the weight will come right back. Finding ways to ensure that you steadily lose weight through regular exercise and dieting makes the whole process so much easier.
And don’t forget, you can treat yourself now and again. The odd takeout and cake won’t ruin your entire plan if you get back to your new regime.
It isn’t easy, but if you do it gradually and sustainably, it can massively improve your life. Stick to your plan, and you will be shrinking that waist like never before.
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