Diets alone are not an effective weight loss solution. The world diet implies a short term change that can help you lose weight. However, in order to lose weight and keep it off you need to think of weight loss as a permanent lifestyle change. The habits that contributed to your weight gain in the first place aren’t going to go away just because you started a new diet, you need to make a conscious effort to put good habits for weight loss in place, keep them going strong and rid yourself of bad habits.
Habits That Aid Weight Loss
Research has shown that people who regularly eat breakfast weigh less than those who skip it. Having breakfast helps to get you metabolism going for the entire day and helps you to burn calories faster leading to increased weight loss. Don’t have time for breakfast?
Grab a piece of fruit and a plastic bag with a cup of nutritious high fiber cereal or opt for a hard boiled egg and a piece of whole grain toast,
Drink Enough Water
The average person should drink at least eight 8 oz glasses of water a day. If you plan on exercising or are perspiring a lot up the amount of water you drink. Water helps to keep the body hydrated and flushes toxins out of your system. If you are concerned about water weight remember your body is more likely to retain water when you don’t get enough than when you are properly hydrated. If you don’t like the taste of water squeeze a little lemon or lime into it to give the water a better flavor.
Change The Color of Your Bread
Instead of eating white bread switch to a whole grain bread. Research has shown that people who eat more refined flour products such as white bread are more likely to have belly fat than those who eat whole grain bread. When choosing a wheat bread make sure that you are choosing a whole grain product. You can find this information out by reading the label.
Get A Buddy or Join a Support Group
An exercise buddy or support group can be crucial to helping you on your weight loss journey. It really helps to know that you aren’t alone and both of these are great outlets to share your triumphs and downfalls. get advice and tips from others who have been in your shoes. There are thousands of weight loss communities on line that can provide just the support you need. One of the ones I’ve found very helpful is Spark People www.sparkpeople.com
Exercising is one of the key ingredients to weight loss so include it in any weight loss plan. A key to making exercise work for you is to choose something you like and stick to it. Like running then run for exercise, more of walker then get your exercise by taking walks. If you enjoy the exercise you do you are more likely to make it a habit than if you do something you don’t enjoy. Music can make exercising more fun so I suggest investing in an Ipod or Mp3 player.
Once you’ve reached your weight loss goal you may be tempted to not keep up with these good habits for a healthier lifestyle. That would be a mistake. Losing weight and keeping it off is all about replacing bad habits with good ones and if you slide back into your bad habits you will find that the scale starts to sliding the direction you don’t want it to go in.