Losing weight has become very common among people belonging to varying age groups. The decrease in life expectancy due to our diets and the diseases caused by those diet intakes have made people more aware of how big a factor obesity plays in this. There are many different ways people resort to in order to cut off that body fat and be able to stay fit. The best way to lose weight in my opinion is to go by it naturally. Weight reducing pills, supplements and protein bars are not uncommon to anyone as a lot of people invest in these for weight loss. But! What if you did not have to go through the hassle of all this that does not even guarantee weight loss and were able to do so simply by following a set routine. This will not just help you lose weight but also help organize you and make you more disciplined.
Set achievable goals
Once you have made the decision to lose weight, set some realistic and achievable goals that you can follow. Goal setting will help you to take action, and by taking that action you will start to see some weight loss results.
Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see an immediate change. Healthy, natural weight-loss that won’t come back takes time, because it is about making new, healthier, habits.
People don’t get enough exercise and the U.S. leads a particularly sedentary lifestyle, but you don’t need to spend hours at the gym to have a healthy, exercise program. Even doing things where you walk to the grocery store, or you take 15-minute breaks at work and go for a walk, can help with your weight-loss and your health.
Exercise boosts your mood because it releases mood-boosting chemicals, which help make you happier, healthier, and more confident about yourself, which helps regulate your eating, keeping your calorie intake under control, and helps you feel as though you are accomplishing your goals.
Get an exercise buddy. It is much more fun and easier to stay on track with someone else to help you monitor yourself and to talk to.
Get enough sleep
Not getting enough sleep worsens your overall mental and physical health and makes it harder to shed pounds and to keep them off. Most adults in this day and age do not get enough sleep, so try and make sure that you get about 8 hours of sleep each night if you’re an adult (as a teenager you should get a bit more sleep).
Make sure to shut off all electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime. This means computer, iPod, cell phone, etc. The light from that messes with your circadian system, slowing your biological clock and making it harder to regulate your sleep appropriately.
The more sleep you get before midnight, the better rested you will be in the morning. 10 o’clock at night is a good time to go to bed.
Breakfast is the most important meal of your day; rather it should be if it already isn’t. People who take breakfast are less likely to overeat during the day, according to several studies carried out in this regard. A high-fiber, low-fat bowl of oatmeal with apples and raisins fills you up for a while, so you won’t nibble before lunch.
Make slow changes
Trying to change everything at once is going to completely overwhelm your system and make it difficult to stick to the changes you’re trying to make. That’s why so many crash diets don’t particularly work; or rather the pounds you shed come back when you’re off them. Start off with smaller changes. Add a 15-minute exercise routine to your day, and switch from using butter to olive oil when you’re cooking. Start thinking about food as something you’re putting in your body to fuel you, which means you want the best fuel possible and that means the healthier eating options.
Eat to satisfy your hunger. Don’t eat when you’re not hungry and try and make different comforting habits (like drinking tea instead of going immediately for the chocolate) or finding things to substitute if you like junk food.
Drink lots of water
It is said by experts that a person should consume 8 glasses of water at a minimum on a daily in order to stay healthy. Water curbs appetite, promotes digestion, and supports good hydration. It helps stimulate your metabolism in order to speed up the process of weight loss, hydration and also enhances the beauty of your skin.
Aim for a routine you can maintain a year from now
Waking up at 5am every day to run five miles might be impressive, but will you do this in six months? It may sound less exciting to walk a few times a week, but if that’s what works for you, great! If you don’t celebrate and plan for what you can realistically sustain, you’re setting yourself up to feel like a failure. Keep a diary that will record all your activity. This way you will be able to stay put and if at any instance you laze around, your diary will drag you back on track!
People who are distracted while they eat (they’re watching T.V. or reading a book, or surfing the internet) report being less full than people who pay attention to what they’re eating. Make sure that when you eat, you’re really focusing on what’s in front of you.
Make sure that you chew your food all the way and that you swallow before shoving more food in your mouth. Eat deliberately and slowly. It’s not a race to get to the end of your meal before everyone else.
Pay attention to the food you’re putting in your mouth: What is the temperature? The texture? Is it salty? Sweet? Spicy? When you’re full, stop eating. Overeating is not going to do you any favors in terms of losing weight.
Remember, exercise is not just for the gym. You might feel extremely exhausted and tired after a good work out session, but you need to keep going on. Give yourself short breaks and keep exerting. Walk as much as you can, take the stairs as an excuse!
Don’t Crash Diet
Crash diets affects your mental, emotional, and physical health in a bad way. Also, since crash diets don’t change how you eat and approach life, most people who use them gain back that weight within 5 years. The only way to have a real and lasting weight change is to change your lifestyle, adding exercise and healthy eating.
Take a deep breath and start off! Throw away all the unconventional methods of cutting down on those calories. Live natural, Live healthy!