We all want to lose some weight and stay healthy in the process. Healthy weight loss is losing weight the healthy way, without crash diets or crazy weight loss programs that can be dangerous for you.
Here are some simple proven weight reduction tips:
Keep a food diary
A food diary simply lists all the stuff that you eat everyday and how much of it you had at a given time.
You might think that food diaries are useless since you already know what you eat but keeping a food diary makes you much more conscious of what you put in your mouth. It lets you think twice before drinking that fifth can of soda or getting a third serving of apple pie.
Use a small bowl or plate
Put away those huge plates and bowls. Use smaller ones that can contain only one serving instead of having 2-4 servings in a bowl or plate. That way you will stop and think before taking another serving.
Do aerobic exercises that use the whole body
Stop exercising only one part of your body at a time. That is futile since it is impossible to spot reduce. When you lose weight, you lose it over your whole body, not a single part only. So stop doing 100 abdominal crunches everyday! That is too boring and it doesn't work for healthy weight loss anyway. Exercise your whole body and have fun doing it with activities such as swimming or dancing.
Plan achievable short-term and long-term weight loss goals
Sometimes people have a simple short-term weight loss goal like losing weight for their high school reunion or losing 20 pounds before their wedding. That's good motivation and people who have a goal in mind will be more successful than who don't.
However, while you might be able to restrict your diet in the short-term, in the long-term you need to find a diet that you can stick with to maintain your ideal weight.
What if you love chocolate? In the weeks preceding your big wedding day, you might be motivated enough to stop eating chocolates completely but can you give up chocolates forever? The answer is that most people will not be able to do that. In the long term, you need to find a healthy diet that is not too restricting. Find a balance between foods you love, healthy portions and a balanced diet for your long-term goals.
Think inches, not pounds
Don't be too obsessed with your bathroom weighing scale.
Muscle weighs more than fat. If you are following an exercise regimen that tones or builds up muscle, you might actually gain weight instead of losing it. However, if you lost an inch around your hips and waistline, that is a very good thing.
Drink more water
Water is good for you and it is absolutely essential for losing weight. Burning calories in the body requires a good supply of water. Dehydration will just make weight loss harder. Good weight loss diets have a large amount of natural fiber in them in the form of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. If you don't drink enough water, this can lead to constipation. Also, drinking water before or during a meal helps people to feel full faster.
Never sacrifice your health to weight loss
Healthy weight loss should be your goal. Don't waste your time or ruin your health with fad diets or dangerous weight loss drugs. Stay healthy and beautiful by exercising and eating a well-balanced diet.