For most people, weight loss does not come easily. If you are struggling to shed some extra pounds, you’ve likely tried one product after another and have found many over promise and under deliver. Thanks to technological advances, today there are several products on the market specifically designed to aid in weight loss. Even with the use of these products, there are a few lifestyle changes that you are more than likely going to need to make in order to see the pounds come off. Without a little common sense, even the most efficient weight loss aid will not be able to work to its maximum capacity.
The number one enemy to dieters is a sedentary lifestyle. If you want to lose weight you are going to have to do something about it. That means you need to get up and get moving. Walk, run, bike, swim, jump, dance, or stretch. Whatever you do, do it! If you don’t enjoy running, that’s ok. Try new things, find something that you enjoy and do it every day. Choosing to live an active lifestyle is choosing to live in happiness. Many people today have a 9-5 desk job that requires very little physical activity. If you have such a lifestyle you have to make time each day to do something physical.
If you’re striving to lose weight and look your best, there are a number of so-called “diet” foods that you should actually avoid. Light flavored yogurts actually have twice the fat as regular yogurt and should be avoided when you are trying to lose weight. Fruit smoothies should also be avoided as they are surprisingly high in fat and calories. While most “diet” foods are diet friendly, it is never safe to assume.
Drinking Your Calories
The vast majority of Americans are dehydrated on a daily basis and they don’ even realize it. Nutritionists recommend that adults consume a minimum of 1 gallon of water a day. That is a lot of water! Many people don’t like water and choose to substitute a portion of their water consumption with juice or soda. Drinking a glass of juice provides your body with far too much sugar, so choose a glass of water and eating actual fruit instead to help you lose weight. Fruit also contain fiber, which you won’t get unless you eat the skin and the pulp. Apples are excellent for any diet plan! If you are bored with water but you can’t stand diet drinks, try mixing the two and slowly changing up the ratio. The amount of sugar and calories in the mixed beverage will be less than if you didn’t add the diet version at all. As you adjust to the new taste, you can reduce the calorie count even further.
To lose weight, switch to diet soda. This is an easy way to eliminate hundreds of calories from your daily diet, especially if you drink large servings. Even a 12 oz can of soda can contain 39g of sugar and 140 calories, and most sodas are even larger than that! If you drink soda, switching to diet should be your first step. Be careful to read the label though; some diet sodas can sabotage your weight loss goals as the sugar substitutes they contain may cause you to crave actual sugar!
Losing weight doesn’t have to be a complex, stressful endeavor. If you find that the stress of losing weight is threatening your efforts, remember to take baby steps. Losing weight requires a complete change in lifestyle, and making that change takes time. Stick to common sense, and never let something you want now stand in the way of your ultimate goal. Apply yourself to the process, keep a positive attitude and you’ll soon see those extra pounds melting away.