Healthy Weight Loss is a topic of main concern for almost 108 million overweight Americans.
Obesity is a serious problem and is predicted to reach epidemic levels by the year 2020.
There is one way to prevent this alarming statistic, and it is to make people aware of the risks of being overweight or obese.
Carrying a lot of extra pounds aggravates the risks of some specific diseases related to excess weight. These are: Heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and hypertension. Losing weight helps to prevent and control these diseases.
Based on numerous statistics and on my own observations, quick weight loss do not provide long lasting results. More often than not, dieting methods which involve dietary drinks, foods and supplement or pills don't work. If they do, the results are only temporary. It is better to rely on healthy weight loss options which will provide lifetime results. You have to set realistic goals and not expect to lose a lot of pounds in a short span of time. As a rule: There is no quick healthy weight loss that lasts.
#1. Do not starve yourself.
The key to fast healthy weight loss diet is "not to diet"... You may seem happy and feel that you are losing those unwanted flabs on your belly and thighs by skipping meals. You should know that this won't last long. Remember that your body cannot tolerate having insufficient food to fuel the energy that you use up everyday.
If you skip one or two meals a day on regular basis, your stored calories will be used up instead of the energy that should have been provided by your meals. So if you just eat one huge meal in one day, it will end up straight to your problem area (your hips, thighs, buttocks).
#2. Start your day with breakfast.
Mothers always say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Have a healthy meal in the morning to jump-start your metabolism.
Your food intake after you wake up will be used to burn fat all day long.
#3. Eat 5 to 6 small healthy meals per day.
Five to six small-serving snacks per day is better than three hearty meals. Eating more frequently, and in small servings, can prevent over-eating. This will also increase your metabolism and make calories burn faster.
#4. Decide on how much weight you want to lose.(Decide 5 to 6 pounds at a time).
Keep your goals realistic. In the long run, it is virtually impossible for you to lose 40 pounds in 2 weeks. Have a mindset that you want to eat healthy to stay healthy for the rest of your life.
Once you have decided on a healthy weight loss plan or program, stick to it and make sure that you follow your own set of dieting rules.
#5. Drink lots of water.
Your body needs sufficient water to burn fat and keep your cells hydrated and healthy. That's a number one rule most of us have a tendency to overrule.
#6. Avoid sugar (too much of it).
Plan your meals around lots of fruits and vegetables, some bread, rice or pasta for that carbohydrate fix that you need, plus lean meat and protein rich-foods. Avoid sugar and sweets found in sodas, pastries, etc. If you must, these should be once-in-a-while indulgences only.
#7. Watch your fat intake.
Fat is not the culprit to being overweight. You need this to keep your weight at the proper level.
You know there are healthy fats: Olive, peanuts and canola oil have them. Tuna, salmon and mackerel have omega-3 fats which is good for the heart.
Leave your car if you are only going a few blocks from home, take the stairs instead of the elevator, jog, cycle or skate. Use these activities and other home chores if you dislike going to the gym and take exercise classes. When you do this regularly you don't even notice that you are already shedding pounds with these every day activities.
It does not matter how much weight you plan or need to lose. What is important is that you set realistic goals for yourself.
Go slow. If you have already lost 5 or 6 pounds, give yourself a break then try to lose the next 5 pounds.
Eat healthy, drink lots of water, have enough sleep and exercise. This will give you a higher chance of losing weight and improving your health, which will result in a new, healthier you.
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