At any one time, there are over a million people trying to lose weight. Statistics suggest that most of them will fail, either through lack of motivation, inability to make lifestyle changes or just not sticking to it. Determined to succeed? Here's my top seven tips on weight control...
1. Don't Try to Be Perfect!
Don't compare yourself to celebs with perfect figures, and instead judge yourself on what you can do. Lose five inches from your waist, or to be able to run a mile, give yourself a target that's personalized to you! That way you can track your progress, and won't get unmotivated by unrealistic targets.
2. Watch Your Carbohydrates!
Most meals contain bread or pasta, which are both carbohydrates. These are hard to digest, and can lead to weight gain....if you are looking to maintain your weight, or to lose a few pounds, try to get most of your carbohydrates during the day, and instead eat couscous and beans at night.
3. Eat Regularly!
Skipping meals or eating irregularly will lead to cravings and starvation, which are both bad for your waistline! Have a schedule, and eat at around the same time everyday. This will allow your body to 'predict' when your next meal will come, and burn calories slowly until then.
4. Regular Exercise
Take the stairs, bike to work, park slightly further away...It can be hard to find a formal exercise routine, but even just little bits boost the metabolism and will increase the numbers of calories you burn. So, think about things you could do everyday to do a small amount of exercise, and you'll feel the benefits really soon!
5. Use the Right Milk!
Make sure you are drinking skimmed milk, and limit your dairy intake to be your RDA. Dairy products are high in saturated fats, which aren't good for you, and most people consume much more then they need too. Check the ingredients, and you'll be shocked what actually contains dairy, including popcorn and baked foods!
Be conscious of how much sugar you consume, and make sure its the least possible amount. With all the "No Added Sugar" notices on food these days, you'd be forgiven for presuming you are consuming less sugar then ever, but really, the artificial sugars can be just as bad. Check the labels, and try to buy products that contain a low amount of sugar. Too much, and your body will convert it straight to fat.
7. Use the Right Oil!
Avoid animals fats and lard as much as possible, as these are very bad for your health. Try using vegetable oil, and see if you can spot the difference...your body will thank you! Remember to use oil moderately, too!
Making small changes like this to your diet can help you to control and maintain your diet much more easily, and they don't take much time at all!
Have you got a trick that helps you control your weight? Please let me know!!
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