Weight Loss Tips
Most of us could use a few weight loss tips to help us get on or stay on a healthy eating program.
If losing weight is your goal this weight loss advice may make it easier.
This is one of the most important steps that you can take and one that I certainly have some difficulty with. Studies have shown that it may take a full twenty minutes before your stomach registers that it is full.
By eating our meals and snacks more slowly, you are allowing your body time to give you the “I’m full” signal.
Let Yourself Indulge Occasionally
Everyone needs a break once in a while. If you are too strict with yourself you may find that you quickly get tired of your new eating habits and begin to lapse back to your old eating ways. So it’s okay to occasionally indulge yourself a bit with something you REALLY want, just not so often and so much that you go back to your old habits and forget your goals.
Avoid High Sugar Foods and Refined Carbohydrates
Foods high in sugar and/or refined carbohydrates (eg. white flour) get into our blood streams very quickly and cause spikes in blood sugar, not a good idea whether you are diabetic or not. These foods can also be less nutritious and full of empty calories.
Eat Hunger Suppressing Foods
There are some foods that you can fill up on without filling out your waistline. The obvious of course is salad without the dressing. If you find that too drab try to cut back on the amount of dressing you use until you are using it very sparingly. Also try low fat options like salsa sprinkled on your salad. Water fills you up with a 0 calorie impact. Fruit like apples are high in fiber, which fills you up but has few calories. Or snack on a dill pickle for savory crunch.
Don’t Fall for the Fads
There are many fad diets out there, as well as several eating options that are healthy ways to slim down. Any diet that asks you to eat just one or two foods every day (cabbage soup or bananas) or states that you can lose weight no matter what you eat are probably fads that will leave you in a worse place that when you started.
Eliminating too many calories will also cause your body to go into “starvation mode”, where it begins to hold on tight to as many calories as it can, which makes it even more difficult to successfully take the weight off.