Losing Weight Quickly? We’ve All Heard That Before
Lord knows I’ve tried my share of diets and weight loss schemes. When you’re desperate to drop some pounds you’ll do just about anything, even make stupid decisions that could be detrimental to your health. There isn’t a magic formula or pill for quick weight loss, though there are basic concepts which tend to be forgotten in the name of an easy, quick fix to obtain weight loss. Having a strong foundation of these basic concepts will help to hasten the weight loss process. Weight loss isn’t easy and certainly isn’t for the faint of heart. Therefore, a strong commitment and motivation for weight loss and a healthier “you” must be established. Finding and following a diet plan to reach your weight loss goal is inevitably a key player in the weight loss equation. After all, it always goes back to calories consumed must be less than calories used for weight loss to occur. Keeping this thought in mind as your framework for weight loss, why not consider other pieces to the puzzle that might act as catalysts to losing weight quicker. Take a look at the tips below and see if there are any you might want to add. The more you can incorporate, the quicker the weight loss.
Tips for Weight Loss
1. Determine how many calories you need each day to achieve weight loss.
2. Consume 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
3. Learn about portion control and practice it!
4. Six small meals consistently each day.
5. Try to eat fresh food as much as possible.
6. Achieve a good understanding of food labels.
7. Keep a journal of the foods you eat.
8. Keep an eye out for sugary drinks.
9. Exercise – 60 minutes daily.
10. Drink lots of water – 2 – 3 liters daily.
Healthy Weight Loss Diet Decision
It is not necessarily a diet, but rather a healthier way of eating to complement your weight loss journey. Hopefully, lifestyle changes for the better will follow as a result of the changes you make as you reach your weight loss goals. Just as you choose your exercise goals, choosing a healthy diet is just as important.
Tips for Choosing A Healthy Diet
One component to healthy and successful weight loss is adopting a healthy diet plan. The main components should include portion control, lots of fruits and vegetables, and consistent small meals each day. There are diets that have been developed and defined to support the needs of weight loss. Though, one needs to be careful as many of these diets are fads and are unhealthy. The diet plan you choose should fit your needs and lifestyle. Consider these questions as you choose a diet:
1. Does the diet include a variety of foods from the major food groups?
2. Are these foods you would enjoy eating for a lifetime – not just for a few months?
3. Can you find the foods easily at the grocery store?
4. Does the diet fit your lifestyle and budget?
5. Does it include appropriate amounts of nutrients and calories to help you lose weight safely?
Types of Diet Strategies
There are several diets which have been encouraged for weight loss. The commonly used diets are low-fat diets, low-carb diets, glycemic-index diets, meal replacements, meal providers, and group approaches.
Let’s use the Paleo Diet as an example. This is a diet one which is supportive of those who desire to lose wight, improve their level of physical activity, or improve their eating philosophy. Many athletes use the Paleo Diet as it seems to aid in muscle recovery following exercise. Although, it is argued that the extreme, stricter version of the Paleo diet may inhibit the goal of improving exercise performance due to the lack of carbohydrates. A relaxed version of this diet I could encourage with a few added healthy carbohydrates as part of a healthy weight loss plan.
This video provides a good description of the components of the Paleo Diet.
This is just an example of diet you could incorporate as a supplement to your weight loss plan. It is your responsibility to do your research before making a decision. Speaking with a dietitian or doctor is also encouraged. The overall idea of following an eating plan or diet should be one that focuses on calorie reduction. Because in the end, the calories eaten should end up being less than what is used. Studies have shown that it doesn’t matter which diet program you choose as long as it decreases your calorie intake and is healthy for your heart. And to touch on all of the hype about garcinia cambogia this, forskolin extract, green tea supplements. Please use these at your own risk. There’s very little research or studies done to prove that these so called “miracle weight loss” products do anything positive for losing weight. One particular study looked at 4 types of diets all with various combinations of fat, protein and carbohydrates. The results showed that behavioral factors rather than percentages from fat, carbohydrate, and protein, made more of a difference in weight loss than anything.