Mar 18, 2024


Fad diets and cutting back calories to lose weight may work temporarily, but in general, it’s not going to be something you can continue forever. Weight may drop quickly at first, but sooner or later, you will find you just cannot continue eating that way. Another myth has to do with cutting calories. If you choose to do so severely low, this may drop some weight quickly as well, but then you’ve made your body go into starvation mode, which is going to slow your metabolism, to save the calories that you have left! To keep weight off permanently, a commitment to living a healthier life is the only way to find success. Here’s what you need! The best diets consist of better eating habits, rather than specific foods or just eating less. Any change you make needs to be a long-term change. Lifelong changes are easier to manage than short term changes as most of the time short-term changes make you miserable. You might feel like you are robbing your body of something you want. Instead of restricting yourself from a specific food you like, choose some healthier options for the foods you crave. Healthier eating habits are much better. That means being choosy when it comes to servings, and perhaps only drinking pop once a day, instead of with every meal.

Once you reach a goal weight, it can be easy to slip right back into old habits. Keeping a daily food diary that lists everything you eat is a good way to stay on track and keep those good habits on track. In that diary, list your daily weight and do this regularly enough so you can notice if weight starts creeping back up. As soon as you see that happening, take action. It’s much easier to lose 5 pounds of regained weight versus that original 35 pounds. Be extremely cautious about slacking off when it comes to exercise. It is just as important as eating right, especially because losing weight should only happen when you are living a healthy lifestyle and not a goal in itself. You should strive for atleast 45 to 60 minutes of physical activity at least 3 times a week. Make this something fun you do for yourself too. If you love walking outdoors, take a lunch break every single day and get out and walk. If you lost weight while exercising and have stopped, some of that weight is bound to come right back on!

Believe it or not, lack of sleep can be bad for your weight loss plan. The body produces ghrelin, which is a hormone that makes you feel hungry, or increases the appetite. When the body gets five hours of sleep or less, it increases the production of this hormone, because it thinks you need more energy to stay up so much. Everybody is slightly different but between Six to Eight hours of sleep is the preferred amount of sleep needed to help you stay healthy, fit and energized for each day. To conclude, remember that you can control your weight and keep weight off, but you have to be consistent with the good habits that got you there. Remember that fitness is a journey, not a state of being. Furthermore, it’s a lifelong journey! Don’t think in the short term. Always think in the long term!!

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