If only there was a magic diet that would make the pounds melt away with no effort. Although many claim to have a miracle plan, the only safe and surefire way to lose weight is to eat healthy and exercise.
It takes some time, but the changing your lifestyle will result in a lifetime of better health.
Step 1: Clean out Your Cupboards
Itâ€™s much easier to avoid temptation if itâ€™s not confronting you every time you open your cupboards. One late night craving can ruin a whole day of healthy choices.
You know what foods make you weak, so get rid of them. There will be plenty of chances to cheat at social functions. There’s just no need to keep junk food at home.
If itâ€™s loaded with sugar, salt, bad carbs, and unhealthy fats, get it out of the house.
Make a grocery list when youâ€™re not hungry, and can make good decisions, and stick to it.
Step 2: â€œChoose Your Calories Wiselyâ€
Run this mantra through your mind, and lose the weight for good. Avoid empty calories, and while the occasional treat is okay, think before you eat. If you are craving chocolate, you could substitute a 500+ calorie dessert for a 150 calorie sugar-free chocolate muffin. Youâ€™ll have satisfied that craving, but more importantly youâ€™ll feel better about yourself afterward.
By choosing your calories wisely, you can eat more and feel less deprived. If youâ€™re unsure how many calories is in something, find out. Ask for the nutrition information, Google it, or use common sense. Chances are itâ€™s more than youâ€™d think, so think twice.
Step 3: Stop Snacking
Snacking is a habit. If youâ€™re eating enough fiber and protein with your meals, you should not have to snack between meals. If you do find that you are truly hungry, and not just bored or thirsty, choose a healthy snack like natural granola or almonds. Watch those portions though. Measure out a 100-200 calories and put the container away. Choosing a piece of fruit is usually the best option. Grab an apple and get out of the kitchen.
Step 4: Add Exercise
The more you exercise the easier it gets. Itâ€™s best to start slowly and check with your doctor to see whatâ€™s right for you. Work up to thirty minutes a day. If you donâ€™t feel like working out, take a walk. Walking is great for all over body health, and walking every day will keep that momentum going. Swimming is another great exercise that is easy on the joints. Find a few activities you enjoy, and aim to do something active every day. You will be in better shape before you know it.
What if you had followed this plan last year even 75% of the time? How much closer to your goal would you be now? Every bit of effort you put in will add up over time. Put up reminders to keep yourself on track. It will take some time, but think of how good youâ€™ll feel six months or a year from now. That time will be now faster than you think.