How to Lose Weight for Newbies

yoga_625x350_81467116887Weight loss is not about suppressing hunger, eating salads, skipping meals and other misconceptions but rather it is eating wisely and burn calories. Many people thought that it can happen in a blink of an eye like how TV commercials have deceived us. Yes, weight loss requires a lot of hard work and commitment and it is not an easy journey especially for newbies. What you need to do is just making a small, simple step forward to change your daily routine – the kind of changes that will last a lifetime.
When I decided to lose weight for the first time, there were a lot of fears of whether I will fail or gain even more weight and etc. I even spent few months just to adjust my habit to healthier ones. I have got, to be honest, it was full of bumps and bruises (well, not literally, though!). As time goes by, I was starting to get used to it and change for the better. If you are a newbie in weight loss, you are in the right place! I hope this will help you in one way or two. So, keep reading!
Do you know losing weight has a lot more to do with your psychological tricks than physical tricks? Try to use a smaller size of the plate than the big ones. Using small-sized plate can help you control the amount of food you are eating. It is more recommendable to eat a small portion of food in every few hours than to eat a bigger portion of foods every meal. The logic is that eating a small portion of foods for every few hours can help you fight binge eating and satisfies your stomach and mind rather than stuffing your stomach all the foods at once, it will disrupt your digestion process in the end.
Be more cautious about what you eat. Before buying the foods, check out their nutritional label and judge for yourself what is the best serving for your body. As much as possible, try to get rid of sugar such as glucose, sucrose, lactose, maltose, pentose, concentrated fruit juice, corn sweetener, malts, nectars, raisin syrup, ribose rice syrup, sorbitol, xylitol, scant, dextrose, caramel, disease, molasses and the list goes on. It not wrong to be extra careful when it comes to your health, you will thank the food labeling after reading this.
When you are trying to achieve something, there will always be some sacrifices to make – giving up junk foods and sodas. For most newbies, this is something that they enjoyed doing and eating. However, if you decided to make a change in your life for your health’s sake, stop eating unhealthy foods. The more reason to quit eating junk foods if you have some health problems such as diabetic, kidney or liver problems and others, these foods can worsen the situation. Instead, switch to other alternatives such as juices, yogurts, salads, seeds and a few dark chocolates, maybe? Added to that, avoid eating fried foods because it contains plenty of greases which is very bad for your health. Try some grilled or steamed foods.
Moreover, never neglect the power of walk. Go out for a walk after dinner, this can help you with the digesting process and as well as help you clear your mind from stress. Walking is proven to be a very effective form of exercise to newbies and experts alike. Rather than watching TV, playing video games or sitting facing the computer, try to go out for a walk in your neighborhood or better yet take your spouse or loved ones with you and go for a walk.
Losing weight requires hard work and there is no shortcut to it. One thing that I really had to sacrifice during my weight loss journey is to avoid going out and eating in the restaurant. I love restaurants and all kinds of foods they serve but when it comes to healthy living, restaurants are just not the ideal place, they are dangerous. Most restaurants are not particular with calories as long as it tastes goods and customers keep coming back. Instead, try making your own home-cooked meals daily. It will not only help you control your calorie intake but also save you a lot of money. Go out in the market and handpick your veggies, meats, fruits and grains, these are usually fresh foods that will benefit your overall health.
Finally, although this should be on the top list, the most important thing you should do as a beginner is to plan everything. From your daily meals, calorie intake, workout session or other physical activities, work schedules as it can sometimes disturb your routine and weight progress. Keeping a record and planning your daily activities can help you adapt your new healthy routine.

How to Lose Weight in Few Weeks without Going for Crash Diet

diary of food eaten throughout the day when on a diet
diary of food eaten throughout the day when on a diet

Now it is possible to lose weight in just few weeks and it has nothing to do with crash diet or anything related to it. Whatever your motivation to lose weight instantly, your determination will get you through it. The good thing about these tips is that you don’t have starved yourself or eating less. As a matter of fact, these tips are simple and easy to apply in your daily lives. It is all about making the right choice and stick to it for the rest of your lives and everything will seem effortless and it will become part of your lifestyle.
Eat moderate amount of meals three times a day and light snacks in between. I told you these tips do not include starvation. Any diet programs that prevent you from eating right are not right! Many people are mistaken with weight loss and suppressing hunger, as a matter of fact it is the total opposite. Weight loss management is a matter of eating strategically and wisely. Skipping breakfast is never a good idea, although many people are doing this mistake. If you feel hungry in between breakfast and lunch, eat some light, healthy snack such as yogurt or salad, it will give fill your stomach and give you energy throughout the day.
Drink water for life. Indeed this is true; water is very beneficial to our lives. Our body is made of 60% water that is why it is vital to keep our body hydrated and have sufficient amount of water. On the second note, water can help fight unnecessary cravings. Water has proven to be effective to sooth hunger temporarily and to keep away from craving. So, keep a bottle of water with you every day wherever you go, it can be very helpful in times of need.
Engage in fun activities. Involving yourself in activities just for the sake of getting is not enough. You must enjoy doing it as well. When you are doing something you love, it will not only make you healthy but also make you happy. Group activities such as soccer, swimming with friends, tennis, dancing etc. are great outlet to lose pounds at the same time releasing the “feel good” hormones in the body. If you enjoy doing things alone to relieve stress and lose some pounds, try running, walking, yoga or working out in the gym.
Build muscles. Losing weight is a futile effort if you don’t build some muscles. Building muscle is one way to increase your metabolism in order to burn more calories. Changing your body structure from fat to muscle will take process and it will not happen in one night. However, if you have a scale that able to measure body fat percentage you can see the changes in your body and it can encourage you to keep going.
Include healthy foods in your daily meals. One of the common mistake people make is that they did not include healthy foods in the daily meals. Some just eat healthy foods once or twice a week. It is important to totally change your meals if you want to have an instant change in your diet. Eating healthy meals such as veggies, fruits, and other foods that are filled with vitamins and nutrients, in just few weeks are enough to make huge changes in your body weight. Keep in mind not to stuff up your stomach. As long as you have filled your stomach with sufficient amount of food and you are good. Eat slowly and do not rush. Take time to really munch the food to help your body in digestion process.
Get enough rest. I am not only referring to night’s sleeping but as a whole. Getting enough sleep at night is as important as power nap in the afternoon. Our brain is not a machine that works 24 hour per day. It needs to be well taken care of and that includes getting enough sleep in order for it to rest. Getting enough rest is associated with weight gain and loss because when the brain is stress it craves a lot of unhealthy food to compensate its energy. Having enough sleep can promote peaceful mind and healthy body. Therefore, never underestimate power nap in the afternoon and sleep at night.
Record your progress. When we are talking about weight loss in few weeks, it is important to record your progress such as your weight, the food or calories intake, activities, your health condition and others. Some people call this a food diary and they find it very convenient and helpful. Keeping a food diary helps you understand your mistake and where you should change or continue. Some people even kept a food diary for the long term to make them aware of what they eat and how much progress they have made.