How to lose weight

Look at your lifestyle honestly and decide how your day is structured. Look at your previous week and your pattern of work, recreation and sleep. When do you eat? It may help to keep a diary for a week. Write down the times you wake and the number of hours you work. Some people will be eating throughout the day, while others have regular meal times. Don’t forget breakfast, because it will reduce the desire to snack later. Have a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack, between your 3 regular meals. This should keep your blood sugar balanced throughout the day. Be flexible with social engagements over the weekends and work out your unique pattern of eating.

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Life is busy at the best of times. Some people forget to eat and then gorge themselves, which won’t help the weight loss. Our stresses and strains affect us emotionally and we find comfort in the food we eat. The mind and emotions play a significant role when it comes to eating. Are we eating because we are hungry or because we need comforting? Once we start eating or nibbling ‘out of hours’ then we tend to go on until our weak conscience stops us.

If we are watching TV then our mind is not on our food, but on the program and the food is just going into our mouth without us realising it. We tend to see the food and then want it. We may also know the food is there and go searching for it especially chocolate. We may have cravings for something sweet or savoury. In my opinion, the body is trying to tell you that you need a certain substance. Decide also whether you really need a drink instead of food, as our thirst can get confused with hunger.

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If we are constantly thinking about food, then we will want to eat often. It is a good idea to get out of the kitchen and away from the food itself. If our mind is occupied by doing something exciting, then we will not even think about eating. We can set ourselves challenges depending what we are doing and then set an achievable goal. For example, if you say to yourself, “when I have finished doing this task, then I will have my mid-morning snack and drink.”  


Keeping physically occupied will also burn up calories and then you will notice that your stomach will actually inform you when it is time to eat. Exercise helps tone up our muscles and it gives a feel good factor. Our mood will lift, as we will be feeling better. Some people prefer cycling, dog walking, jogging or just a stroll. It is all beneficial.

You may want to consider joining the gym. You can enrol in many different programs, whether it’s building muscle or doing aerobics. There is swimming at most gyms and also circuits or classes to match your activity level. Find out more about  Pilates

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 Basics of Weight Loss

Proper calorie intake is important for the promotion of long-term weight loss and maintenance of a healthy weight. In order for you to lose one pound of fat, you have to burn up to 3,500 calories more than what you consume. Considering the fact that you can lose up to 2 pounds per week, you can surely burn around 1,000 calories from your diet every day.

A diet plan promoting vegetables and fruits, whole grains like oats, quinoa, and rice, low-fat dairy, nuts, seeds and lean proteins can provide you with various minerals and vitamins you need, even when you limit your intake of calories.

The following are some of the nutrients used in producing energy: B vitamins, riboflavin and thiamine. To prevent muscle cramping and fatigue, your body needs minerals like iron, calcium, potassium and sodium.

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The number one thing is awareness. We have to learn what foods are correct for us and what are not. We have to go back to training and comprehend what the nutrients are, that your body truly wants and in what amount. Then we have to build a dietary regimen for ourselves and our loved ones so that we eat healthier. We have to cut down on all the foods that are adverse - the sugars, the fats, the carbohydrates, we don’t truly want them - and incorporate foods that may boost our health.

 But there’s hope. Hope lies in the fact that there are a lot of foods out there that are simply as tasty as those awful junk foods but we don’t yet know about them.

A healthy cookbook may help you in understanding different and interesting ways to healthy cooking. Even with your present sort of diet you can conjure up some really delicious healthy dishes and modify your eating habits.

Before you get depressed by the media with the ‘before and after’ pictures think about this:

Control what we consume.

Indulge in physical exertion.

 Now, is that too much to accomplish? Don’t we owe that to our body that has served us so well all these years? Don’t we owe that to ourselves and our loved ones?

Energy is very important to the natural smooth flowing of the daily life cycle of any human being. Therefore finding energy sources that are both consistent and healthy are important to keeping fit and happy.