Losing weight can be quite a challenge,especially keeping the lost weight off. Many factors play a role in weight loss such as stress, metabolism, and activity level. Despite those factors weight gain and loss is based on one specific fact; if more calories are being taken in versus those being burned off the result will be weight gain. Weight loss only occurs when more calories are burned off then consumed or the caloric intake is greatly reduced. What that means is exercise is key in burning off those excess calories or limiting the diet to reduce calories which will cause the body to start burning stored fat. Many of us have a very busy lifestyle and may not have the time to exercise as much as we really want to, that’s where monitoring caloric intake becomes essential in getting rid of unwanted pounds. This can be done safely and effectively, but requires some lifestyle changes. Below are a few tips that have helped me lose twenty pounds safely in about 1 ½ years time without exercise . These are suggestions that can help reduce caloric intake which will help pounds come off safely and relatively quickly without focusing heavily on just exercise. As always you should always consult your doctor before starting a diet or health regime of any kind to make sure it is safe for you and your health circumstances.
1. Cut out the sugary drinks
This is probably the most under recognize source of weight gain. Sugar contains alot of calories and can quickly add extra inches to the waist line. Popular drinks such as soda and concentrated fruit juice drinks contain high amounts of high fructose corn syrup which is a form of sugar. These drinks often accompany meals and replace water through out the day. This drives up the amount of calories consumed daily which will foster weight gain. By replacing at least half of the surgery drinks consumed daily with plain water weight loss will occur and additional water weight will be shed. This simple way to reduce daily calories will lead to significant weight loss in a short period of time.
2. Cook at home and bring lunch
There is alot of hidden fat and sugar in foods purchased at restaurants. There is really no way of knowing how healthy the food is that is being consumed because the way it is prepared is unknown. Also the quality of the ingredients used to make the meal are often inferior to those one would use if they were cooking the meal at home. Regularly preparing meals at home instead of purchasing them at restaurants is a great way to reduce and control saturated fat intake and calories. This not only benefits weight loss goals but also can save quite a bit of money over time.
3. Portion control
As eating habits change the body adjusts, portion reduction can easily be done if done gradually. Instead of completely cutting out meals try eating less at meals. This means still eating 3- 4 times a day, but eating smaller amounts and eating foods that are high in quality. Foods that contain no artificial colors or ingredients are more filling and provide the body with more energy thus allowing less chance of feeling hungry. This is because eating foods such as these ( i.e. whole grains, fruits, vegetables) provides the body with nutrition it needs not additives that have no nutritional value. Favorite foods can still be enjoyed, but in moderation to maintain weight loss.
Diligence and patience are essential parts to healthy weight loss. Success depends on staying committed to weight loss goals and lifestyle changes. Stay positive and focused, good luck!