The Healthy Way To Lose Weight
Millions of Americans are overweight or obese. Obesity creates serious health problems and costs hundreds of millions of dollars every year in medical costs, lost productivity from sick days and hospital stays.
Making people aware of the serious health and financial risks involved in being overweight or obese can help with the problem.
If you are overweight or obese you are at serious risk for a number of health related issues including:
By losing weight and maintaining your weight loss you are reducing your risk for these and other serious health risks.
Lasting weight loss comes from more than a quick weight loss solution. Weight loss methods that involve pills, shakes or drinks or prepackaged meals usually only provide temporary results for weight loss. Once you stop purchasing these dietary aids the weight comes back.
If you want lasting weight loss results then you must change how you go about your diet and health. Setting realistic goals and pacing your weight loss has proven to be a very successful weight loss strategy.
Here we provide some tips on a healthy way to lose weight.
1. Choose your weight loss goal
If your goals are realistic they will be easier to attain and keep you motivated. You need to plan on being healthy and eating healthy for the rest of your life.
2. You need to eat (healthy)
A lot of people, when trying to lose weight, will starve or barely eat anything. This is counter-productive to what you are trying to accomplish with your weight loss goals. Your body cannot function without proper nutrition. So eating healthy is very important to healthy weight loss.
3. Eat breakfast
You've heard it before; breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And it is true. Breakfast gives you the fuel your body needs to jump-start your day and get your metabolism going.
4. Eat frequent, small meals (instead of several large meals)
Eating 5 to 6 small meals or snacks throughout the day will keep your fat-burning metabolism at its peak all day. Eating smaller, more frequent meals will discourage overeating too.
5. Control fat intake
Your body needs fat to function properly. There are good fats and bad fats. Bad fats are saturated fats (they remain solid at room temperature). Good fats are unsaturated fat (they are liquid at room temperature). Fats from nuts, seeds, Olive oil and canola oil all contain unsaturated fats. Fish contain omega-3 fatty acids which are good for the heart.
6. Limit sugar intake
Severely limit the amount of sugar you take in during the day. Eat fruits and vegetables, pasta (limited too), brown rice and a little bread. This will give you the carbohydrates you need without pure sugar.
7. Drink lots of water
In order for your body to function properly and burn fat, it needs sufficient water. Never let yourself get dehydrated. Water keeps your cells hydrated and healthy.
You should develop a plan to exercise. The plan will allow you to decide whether or not you want a gym membership, you want or need to work out at home. Will you use weights or do cardiovascular or a combination of both? What about walking or cycling? Develop a plan and stick to it. Make sure you do it regularly for the best benefits.
The amount of weight you want to lose is unimportant. What is important is that you decide on how you want to get there, make a plan and take action. As long as you are consistent with your plan you will reach your goals.
Healthy eating, staying hydrated, exercising and getting proper sleep will benefit you in all aspects of your life.