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3 Tough Realisations To Help You Lose Weight (and Keep It Off!)

You’ve been trying to lose weight for months or maybe even years. You finally drop enough to fit into those jeans you wore in university but sooner or later, you can’t even slip them over your thighs again. Why does losing weight have to be so hard? Here are some difficult things you’ll need to swallow in order to lose the weight and keep it off for good.

Diets Aren’t the Answer

While many people lose weight ditching carbs or going on a liquid diet, these methods can’t last forever. These diets are often not nutritionally sound or so restrictive you end up binging on all the foods you crave. Plus, when you hit your goal weight and go back to your old eating habits, the weight is bound to come back. Slimming down and being able to maintain this smaller version of yourself is all about making a lifestyle change. That means figuring out a healthy diet that can be maintained for the rest of your life. What’s been proven to work is a diet full of fruits and veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins.

Of course you’re allowed to cheat every once in a while and it can actually help diminish cravings but indulgences should be in moderation. It’ll take some getting used to, but soon you’ll adapt to your new healthy way of eating and wonder how you ever used to down cheeseburgers, soft drinks, and cookies every day. Keep reading to learn two more realisations that’ll help you lose weight for good.

Counting Calories is a Must

Losing weight is about basic math: calories in cannot exceed the amount of calories the body uses up. And to lose weight, you’ll need to create a calorie deficit. Counting calories may seem strict, but if you don’t keep track of how much you eat, you may never reach your goal weight. Start by talking with your doctor about how much weight you want to lose, and he or she can help you figure out an appropriate daily calorie amount. Many find success writing down their daily diet in a food journal, or with a weight-loss app, which logs the calorie amounts for food eaten. If you like to cook, plug your recipe into this Calorie Count tool[1] and you can keep track of how many calories your favourite meal contains. You’ll also want to arm yourself with calorie-saving tricks for eating out[2], when you hit happy hour[3], and during the weekend, as well as learn some tips to avoid overeating[4].

Walking Isn’t Enough

A healthy diet is key to losing weight, but if you have more than a few pounds to lose, that alone isn’t the most effective way to get you to your goal weight. You’ll have to incorporate exercise as well, and I don’t mean just a walk around the block. Most recommendations say that to lose weight, you must exercise for at least an hour a day, five times a week. We’re talking the kind that gets your heart rate up such as running, biking, or a cardio class at the gym.

An hour may seem like a lot, but once you carve out that time in your schedule, it’ll be something you look forward to every day. If boredom is your complaint, switch up your cardio routine and keep you excited about working out. Aside from burning calories, exercising will give you muscles, which boosts your metabolism and helps you burn more calories. It’ll give your body some definition as well, making weight loss even more noticeable. Exercising can also be a way to feel good about indulging if you go on a two-hour hike, you’ll know you can enjoy dessert after dinner without a side of guilt. Exercising regularly is just as important as eating right, and once you adapt both to your life, losing weight and keeping it off will be a breeze.

References

  1. ^ this Calorie Count tool (www.calorieking.com.au)
  2. ^ calorie-saving tricks for eating out (www.fitsugar.com)
  3. ^ happy hour (www.fitsugar.com)
  4. ^ tips to avoid overeating (fitness.popsugar.com.au)

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    What Is Are Some Of Your Favorite Weight Loss Tips? What are some of your most succesfull weight loss tips?? I have my few that I live by, but I am looking for some tips on cutting down. Please only share different/ unique tips.
    I know about all the common ones…. lots of water lots of rest six small meals etc.

    thank you so much in advance!

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      • HealthNut
      • October 1, 2013
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      Hi CollegeGirl

      In my opinion, no weight loss tips are truly successful on their own. Lots of water is not necessarily a good way, because how much water a person needs depends on the BMI of the person. 6 small meals maybe hard at times, especially when you are stuck at school or office and have no chance to eat, and then you need to eat more when you have the chance. Well, dieting is a good way to lose weight, but then it is hard to stick to a diet. For example, something like this:

      Breakfast:
      2 egg, low fat Cheddar cheese omelette – 320 calories
      2 slices wholemeal toast with thin smear butter – 200 calories
      Large slice melon – 47 calories

      Lunch:
      Spicy Turkey Salad recipe – 304 calories

      Snack:
      Muesli or honey nut Health Bar “Sainsbury” – 180 calories

      Dinner:
      Baked potato with 100g “Heinz” baked beans &/or Cottage cheese if desired – 300 – 400 calories (350 average)
      Large helping salad fruits &/or vegetables – 100 calories

      Another weight loss tip is to do interval and turbulence exercise.

      Turbulence Training is a fresh plan that requires finishing three 45-minute exercise sessions each week with marginal equipment. It is an increasingly trend-setting fitness plan with the intention of helping you in the reduction of weight.

      Interval training is the fitness world’s equivalent of a visit to the in-laws. The shorter and more intense the visit, the better. An interval is a short period of exercise performed at a given intensity for a specific length of time. Each interval is separated from the next interval by a short rest or lighter activity. There are no strict rules on how long or how intense the interval must be, however, changing the interval length or intensity changes the way your body works and responds to exercise.

      But people have a short willpower. It may be strong at the beginning but will eventually fade as time goes on- as they realize that going on a diet is not actually as easy as they think it is. Of course, the strength of willpower differs from one person to another. This is the reason why there are people who can actually maintain a diet and exercise program for 1 year and there are people who can only maintain it for few months. Nonetheless, willpower is a big factor that dictates someone whether to continue losing weight or not.

      And in my opinion, besides sticking to a diet and exercise plan, it is the ultimate willpower to stop yourself from overeating that is the #1 tip to lose weight. But that is the hardest part if you are accustomed to eating lots of food even though your body does not need it. It is partly because of the delicious taste of the food causing a craving for more. There are certain ways to fight this craving ad I found one that maybe helpful. It is a type of chocolate that can actually suppress your appetite. It will can provide Good Energy that promotes a healthy weight by providing energy while burning fat. And it helps suppress cravings for sugary snacks.

      Good luck!

      PS: Information on the Special Chocolate that I mentioned can be found on the website in the source box. Recently, they are giving away a one month free trial.

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    Weight Loss Tips And Help On Loosing Weight Ready For Prom? Im 15 and hopefully going to prom in the first week of July, as im British we only get 1 prom so its really important to me that i look nice 🙂
    Im very overweight at the moment, last week i weighed 12stone 9lbs (177 pounds) and now i weigh 12 stone 5lbs (173 pounds) but i know it won’t be like this every week.
    Are there any weight loss tips that can help me? I currently only eat 3 meals a day and 1200 cals as recommened on my app.
    Also what weight roughly should i be in July by your weight loss ideas?
    BQ- Im tanned, fat (hopefully not soon) and has long brown hair any ideas on what the dress could be?

    Thank you so much!

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      • HealthNut
      • October 1, 2013
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      First off, have a great time at the prom! Secondly, you want to get to that lower weight doing it healthy. 1200 is a reasonable amount of calories, but I’m pretty sure those calories are not coming from all the nutrients your body needs. You don’t want your weight loss coming to a crashing halt! I know all about the crazy diets out there. You don’t have to spend ANY money on a quick fix or gimmick that may not work or work only for a few weeks. I have been on a natural eating plan and I lost 50 pounds in about 5 months. You’re younger, it may be faster. I also incorporated lots of exercise to burn more fat. This way of eating is called Paleo, or the Cave Diet. Eat everything your ancestors ate! If mother nature made it, eat it, if man made it, don’t touch it! It’s as simple as that. Go to the Cave Diet link below. You will lose weight, feel happier, glow from the inside out. Good luck!

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    What Are Your Best Weight-loss Tips And Motivations? How to get up each morning and go for a jog?
    How to avoid the cravings?

    Tell us your best weight-loss tips/motivators/play lists…anything!

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      • HealthNut
      • October 1, 2013
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      When it comes to losing weight, staying motivated is one of the hardest thing to do. You tend to want to give up after not seeing results early in your program. However, you should keep you eye on your goal. Whether it is to lose 10 pounds, 25 pounds or even 100 pounds. You see the only person that knows what you really want is you. Tell yourself you can do it and follow through with your program. Below are some tips to help you stay focus and lose weight.

      Tip #1- Avoid going on the scale on a regular basis. For most people the is a bad habit. You see the scale can be very discouraging. If you constantly go on the scale and do not see a decrease in your weight you will feel like giving up because you may think that your program is not working. But note that the scale can be misleading. You see while you are losing weight, you are also building muscles. Therefore it will not show on the scale since the mass of your muscles will replace the weight loss. So to avoid feeling discouraged, you should avoid the scale.

      Tip #2- Do not compare your body with others. Everyone has a different genetic make up. Some people can lose weight fast while some people will take months. Now if you are comparing yourself with others, you will only discourage yourself more and not focus on your real goal that you want to achieve.

      Tip #3- Treat yourself after you cross small milestones. This will motivate you to continue. So break down your long term goals into smaller goals and once you achieve one of your goals, treat yourself to something nice.

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