Losing Weight the Healthy Way

Still struggling with your weight after trying a lot of diet? Kept on regaining the weight that you’ve worked hard to lose? Your diet’s not working? Maybe you need a new one, but NO.

The main problem is that people think that diet is the key to weight loss. If nothing changed after some time they’ll just switch to something else that ‘might’ work.  Sure, the food that you eat plays a big role in controlling your weight but you have to think bigger than that. Weight loss is not all about diet!

In order to lose and control your weight, there are some factors to consider. Check out these tips and try to evaluate which part you fail to integrate in your supposed-to-be-perfect weight loss plan.

  1. Eat a healthy breakfast. Have you skipped breakfast because that’s what your diet book says? Did you ever feel tired and hungry and decided to binge later on? Then you have your answer why skipping breakfast is not a good idea after all. Eating breakfast actually boosts your metabolism so go eat a healthy breakfast. A low glycemic index meal is your best option.
  2. Apply the “Plate method”.
  • Non-starchy vegetables: These are high fiber, low carb, low calorie foods. Broccoli, Asparagus, Cabbage, Spinach, Carrots, Onion, Cucumber, Tomato, Green Beans, Cauliflower, Peppers, Eggplant.
  • Carbs: Avoid refined ones. Good sources of carbs are starchy vegetables such as Potato and Corn, Brown rice, Whole grain bread, Whole wheat pasta, Fruits, Beans, Milk, and Yogurt.
  • Protein: Meat, Poultry, Fish, Cheese, Eggs and Tofu.
  1. Regular exercises. Weight loss is not all about food control, you have to be active. Being physically active and doing fitness workout will actually help you burn more calories. Gaining lean mass also means you’ll burn fat more. It also boosts your mood, so for those who would constantly binge eat when feeling down, keep moving and give your body a little exercise. Quit making excuses, whatever your fitness level is, there’s always a variety of options to do exercise and be active.
  2. Cheat meals are okay, in moderation. Every now and then you can indulge yourself with your favorite not-so-healthy foods. Feeling deprived of your favorite food might discourage you to resort to a healthier eating pattern. Take them only in small portions.
  3. Prepare ready to eat fruits and vegetables. Cut them up and put them in a sealed container and keep it in the fridge. Whenever you get hungry you can just grab them and there you have a healthy snack.
  4. Water intake is important. Drinking water instead of sugary beverages will help you control your caloric intake. When you’re feeling hungry, drink water first, it might be thirst that you’re actually feeling and not hunger.
  5. Write down your goal and plan. Writing what you want to do and what you want to achieve will keep you on track. Record your progress and use this as a motivation to keep you focused on your goal.
  6. Involve family members. I know it’s hard to keep everybody involved especially if you’re following some weight loss diet that not everyone’s willing to try. Introduce clean and healthy eating, it’s more reasonable to push them to eat healthier anyways. A group exercise would also be fun and beneficial.

Keep your focus and be patient

Weight loss doesn’t happen overnight. You have to work hard for it and be patient. Avoid crash diets for fast results; aside from the fact that they’re not really effective, they are also detrimental to your health. Be motivated and have a positive outlook, your health is worth the effort.