Weight loss is a confusing topic. There are so many different people and articles telling you so many different things it can be quite difficult to wrap your head around them all. This article will aim to lay down the essential and necessary basics of weight loss in hopes to clear the fog that surround it.
Part of weight loss is regular elimination. The more rapidly your body can move food and liquid through your system, the less chance it will have to build up and accumulate pounds. Though chemical laxatives are generally a bad idea, a diet very high in fiber (whole-grain products, lots of fruits, vegetables, and of course, plenty of water) will keep one’s digestive tract in good working order, which will assist in your weight loss efforts.
When trying to lose weight, be sure to eat plenty of fiber. This will fill you up, and you will not be hungry for other potentially unhealthy foods. Fiber is also fantastic for digestion and overall bowel health. Some foods that are good for you and high in fiber are avocado, bran cereals, kidney beans, black beans, and oats.
For some people, at some times, a low-carb diet may really be the answer, at least in the beginning. The reason low-carb diets work is that your body normally uses carbs as a first fuel. When you give your body no carbs (the “induction” phase of most low-carb diets), your body needs to use something for fuel, and so turns to burning your own fat. These diets have proven very successful for many people, but should be undertaken with care as people do need some carbs in their diet. Most low-carb diets nowadays move from an induction phase into a much healthier maintenance phase, where “smart carbs” (high-fiber, lower-calorie choices) are reintroduced.
One great way to assist you in losing weight is to only eat egg whites. Although the yolks have certain nutrients, they contain high levels of cholesterol and fat which may work against your diet. Egg whites are a great source of good protein.
If you are trying to lose weight, make sure you are getting enough sleep. When you are chronically sleep-deprived, your body will produce excess cortisol, and that can lead to weight gain. Be sure to get a good 7 or 8 hours of restful sleep every night in order to be more successful in your weight loss efforts.
During your weight loss program if you get off track and eat something unhealthy or fattening do not punish yourself. Sometimes during holidays or special occasions you may consume foods that are not part of your plan. This is fine as long as you do not beat yourself up about it and move on. Punishing yourself will lead to falling back into old patterns of eating. Pick yourself up and keep a positive attitude when you make a bad food choice. Make better choices the next day or the next meal.
A really good way to help you lose weight is to consult a nutritionist. They can form an excellent diet for you that will help you with your weight loss goals. Nutritionists have a thorough understanding of nutrition and by consulting them you take the guesswork out of creating your own diet.
When selecting produce for good nutrition, choose items that are grown locally, organically, and without genetic modification. These items are more natural and are most likely to give your body what it needs. As well as being better for you, they are better for the earth and the environment.
Try eating foods that contain healthy fats. Foods like nuts, olives, and several different types of fatty fish contain healthy fats that will make you fill full. They will also help you fend off hunger and cravings. As is the case with any healthy food, just make sure you practice moderation.
Set realistic weight loss goals so that you don’t get discouraged. If you plan on losing 5 pounds a week, every week, for the next 3 months you are setting yourself up for failure. Doctors recommend a pound to a pound and a half loss, per week. It is likely to be more on some weeks and less on other weeks.
Exercise is going to do more than just make your body look good. It’s also going to make you feel good and give you more energy. Not only that, but it can give you a great self-esteem boost. You’ll be able to be proud of your weight loss and your fitness goals and your new look.
Just because there is food on your plate does not mean that you should keep eating. As soon as you feel your body is full you need to get up from the table. If you are in a restaurant then you should ask to have your food wrapped so you can take it home.
Keep your priorities in mind when trying to lose weight. If you are having a sandwich for lunch and think some extra mayo or mustard would taste great, stop and think do you really need it? The overall goal of losing weight is the most important thing, not the improved taste of your sandwich that will be gone in an instant.
You should look to having a leisurely meal with your family if you are watching your weight. Family time is always important, and sharing a lengthy mealtime with them will encourage less eating. It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to recognize that you are full, so longer meals lead to eating less.
Weight loss can be very challenging because of the confusion surrounding it. It is sort of like the old saying that too many hands in the soup will spoil it. In order to re-focus, sometimes it is best to trust yourself just to a few basics from one source. Hopefully, this article has provided that direction.