There are multiple motivations behind losing weight. Weight loss can be beneficial to your health, improve your appearance and boost your performance in a number of areas. In this article I provide you with four more tips to assist you in your weight loss efforts:
1) AVOID FAD DIETS:- I’ve already written a full article on why fad diets are bad for you but this really is important. Fad diets will work in the short term but in the long term they are detrimental to your weight loss efforts and can also be damaging to your health. You may lose quite a lot of weight whilst on a fad diet but when you return to normal eating you will almost always put it back on. To keep the weight off you need to learn about healthy eating and cut down your daily calorie consumption.
2) DRINK LOTS OF WATER:- Most of my weight loss articles have focussed on the importance of a healthy diet and reducing your caloric intake. However, you should not neglect the importance of drinking water. Drinking lots of water makes you feel fuller meaning you are less likely to overeat. It also reduces water retention (so you will not be holding any excess water weight) and helps your body function at its optimal level (meaning that it can burn more fat). Plus, drinking lots of water has multiple other benefits such as; maintaining a healthy skin tone, ensuring proper digestion and flushing out toxins. If you try to drink 2-3 litres a day you will start to notice the difference.
3) EXERCISE:- A healthy diet is half of the battle but you need to combine this with exercise. Try to exercise at least 15 minutes per day (more if you can manage it). Exercising does not necessarily mean joining a gym. You can take up a sport, start walking more or even do some exercises in your home. Remember, the more active you are – the more fat you will burn.
4) EAT RIGHT:- As I have mentioned multiple times, eating right is essential if you want to lose weight. Your diet needs to contain lots of nutritious, low calorie foods including; fruits, vegetables and whole grain carbohydrates. You also need to eat smaller meals more frequently. Break your typical three large meals down into five or six smaller meals which you eat every two or three hours. Finally, you need to calculate the average number of calories you are consuming each day and then reduce your daily consumption.
Losing weight is a difficult task for many and there is a lot of bad advice out there. However, a good exercise plan and a healthy, nutritional diet are all you really need. I hope these four tips help you achieve your weight loss goals.