Effective Weight Loss Strategies

Posted by Mourad Jabbour On Saturday, March 30, 2013 0 comments

We are a nation that is obsessed with dieting. Statistics indicate that 50% of all American women are on a diet at any given time. The percentage of men dieting is 25%. Americans spent over 70 billion dollars in 2011 on weight loss related services and products. Approximately 95% of all dieters regain all the weight they lost within five years. Diets don't work. It is lifestyle changes that will help you to lose the weight in a healthy and permanent way. Chronic dieting in fact, can lead to serious health complications and even slow down your metabolism.
Before beginning any diet it is always a good idea to get a complete physical from your medical provider. Sometimes weight problems can be linked to underlying disease such as diabetes. One of the simplest techniques is to continue eating foods that you enjoy. The deprivation technique of most diets backfires on people. You will eventually give in to the cravings and spiral into overeating. You should think about the foods that you love and simply reduce the amount that you purchase and consume. For example, if you enjoy chocolate chip cookies you should still have a few throughout the week. This can be your "reward" snack. The concept is simple to follow. You will be able to satisfy your cravings and prevent binge eating. Just choose wisely and select a few of your favorite foods.
Mini-Meals: We are a culture that believes in consuming three large meals. But this eating style puts extra stress on our digestive system. It is far better to eat smaller meals that are nutritionally balanced. Your body will be able to metabolize the food more readily and you will also have increased energy throughout the day. You will lessen the likelihood of being hungry and eating things that are bad for you. For example, a breakfast could be a cup of oatmeal with raisins and honey. A mid morning snack could be fruit and yogurt. A small lunch could be a few ounces of turkey with cheese. The idea is to eat small meals that will provide you with the nutrients you need. Stay hydrated: Drinking lots of pure clean water helps you to lose weight. Whenever you feel hungry start by drinking a glass of water. You may simply be dehydrated. If it's hard for you to drink plain water you can add herbal tea. Brew and chill for a delicious calorie free beverage.
Protein is important: Many people avoid protein when trying to lose weight because they think it is too high in calories. This is simply not true. Of course, eating fattening red meats are high in calories. But proteins such as turkey, chicken and white pork are lean and low in calories. A 6 ounce portion of roasted turkey breast is less than 200 calories. There are many success stories of people who follow high protein diets and take off the weight. You have to balance your protein intake with adequate amounts of complex carbohydrates as well. Avoid simple carbohydrates which are sugar and white flour products. An ideal protein rich meal could be chicken with roasted vegetables and wild rice. Protein snacks include nuts, cheese and yogurt. Protein helps to preserve muscle mass. If you avoid protein when dieting you will lose muscle and feel tired and weak. Protein also helps your body to burn fat and improves the effectiveness of your metabolism.
Healthy Fiber: Fiber is effective for weight loss. Women should aim for 25 grams daily and men approximately 40 grams. You can find fiber in foods such as whole grains, oatmeal, fruits and vegetables. Fiber helps the digestive process and lowers your cholesterol. Increase your fiber intake for your health as well as for weight loss. Spices: Hot spices have been shown to speed up the metabolism and help in weight loss. Spices help to flavor foods and reduce the caloric levels of the foods you eat. Instead of adding fattening ingredients like butter and cheese, try adding some delicious spices like garlic, turmeric, cilantro, parsley and cayenne pepper.
Adequate Rest: If your body is stressed or you don't get enough sleep it will be harder for you to lose weight. Your body produces a hormone called leptin when you have enough rest. Leptin helps you to feel full and satisfied after eating. A decrease in this hormone can leave you feeling hungry even after eating. So make sure to get consistent and sufficient sleep. If you are under a great deal of stress you need to find constructive ways to deal with it. Prolonged stress can have devastating effects on your health and well-being.
These are some effective general guidelines for losing weight. When undertaking any dietary or lifestyle changes, always consult with your medical provider especially if you have been diagnosed with any disease or are taking prescription medication.
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