Weight loss is a goal that some people can easily do while others try for years and fail. Unfortunately, the majority of dieters do fail. But by following some simple weight loss tips and guidelines, you might find that losing weight may not be so hard after all.
Stop eating at restaurants. This is many people's biggest weight loss mistake. It doesn't matter if you intend on eating a salad, once you walk into a restaurant you may be overcome with smells and temptations. A salad turns into a chicken breast dinner with buttery bread, fattening sauces, and more starch than any weight loss program would recommend.
Pack your own lunches, plan breakfast and dinners ahead of time and stick to it. Keep motivating post-its around your kitchen and work space to remind you of your goals. Pack your lunch the night before so you don't run out of time in the morning. These tips may take practice but will be worth it in the end.
Eat more than salad and less bread. For example; if you are used to sandwiches for lunch, swap your traditional sandwich for a wrap. These are lower in calories and these days you can even find low carb wraps at your local market. Be sure to include plenty of fresh vegetables either in your sandwich or on the side. If possible, start each lunch and dinner with a fresh salad to get your enzymes and metabolism revving.
Put down the diet soda. Recent research shows that even diet sodas are not conducive to any weight loss program. In fact, one study from The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio showed that dieters who drank diet soda on a regular basis had 70% larger waistlines than those who didn't. Another study showed diet sodas raised blood sugar in diabetes-prone mice.
Instead of soda, opt for water with fresh lemon squeezed into it. Drink diluted fruit juice; about 3/4 water and 1/4 fresh juice. Also look for green and herbal teas. Allow your body and taste buds to enjoy the fresher flavors. Fresh water and teas will help your body flush waste and excess weight. It will keep your body hydrated better than any soda if you drink throughout the day. This is one of the easiest and healthiest changes you can make.
Exercise just a little. If you are used to exercise, then keep at it. Strive for at least 30 minutes a day if you are trying to lose weight and if your health permits. If you are not used to exercise and you hate even the thought of it - start small.
Try exercising 10 minutes at first. Ten minutes is mentally easier to think about than longer. You may be surprised at how quickly ten minutes goes by; especially if you find a fun exercise. There are many DVD's that boast 10 minute exercise routines. You could also jog, bike or walk. If weather does not allow, go into a gym or get some home equipment.
The trick is to making exercise part of your lifestyle is to start somewhere. Many people enthusiastically go from no exercise to 40 minutes of exercise. After a week or two life starts getting in the way as that 40 minutes become a lot longer with clothes changes, showering and so on. This makes it easy to quit. So think about ten minutes instead, because some is better than none.
Keep a journal. Some of us may have a hard time sticking to a weight loss plan due to stress, emotional eating and so on. Starting a journal to learn your issues may be key in solving them or getting help. Be honest with yourself and write down things like; what makes you stressed? Why are you overweight? Do you exercise and eat right? Are you sure? Answering these an other questions might help you see your shortcomings so you can work with them or around them.
No matter what you do, forgive yourself if you slip. Eating pizza one night will not ruin your entire weight loss program unless you let it. Most people "fall off the wagon," then assume the mentality of "I'll start tomorrow." Don't do this to yourself. If you eat pizza, keep the mindset that you are still on your weight loss path; you just took a meal off. Get right back on track and continue to go for your goals.
Hopefully some of these helped. Do whatever it takes to stay on your path. Choose a healthy weight loss program. Talk to your doctor if you have health issues. And be kind to yourself because practice makes perfect; even when it comes to weight loss.