Weight Loss Tips - Follow These 5 Steps To A Slimmer You

by Candice McInnes - Date: 2010-10-12 - Word Count: 729 Share This!

The pressure to lose weight before a special occasion has faced many women. Unfortunately we all succumb to the pressure and try to lose these pounds by starving ourselves. This causes our weight to fluctuate (yo-yo dieting). This yo-yo effect is very prevalent in society today, and many women find they lose the 20 pounds easily but end up putting on 25 pounds again later.

This extra weight is due to the fact that you have actually starved your body of the nutrients it needs, so now it conserves everything you eat as fat. Most of us have read somewhere that the more you eat the faster your metabolism. This is true. If we could learn to listen to our bodies and eat the healthy food it craves (when it craves it), then the body will help to melt the excess fat it now no longer needs.

Keep your servings/portions of food a little smaller than you usually would, and try to eat slower to give the body time to feel full.

So if you want to lose 20 pounds of ugly fat follow these 5 easy steps. Get rid of the weight once and for all and keep it off.

1) Eat more vegetables

Oh dear, who likes vegetables? Unfortunately veggies are very important as eating non starchy veggies helps increase your fiber intake, and helps fill you up faster. Vegetables are very important. They are known energy consumers due to the amount of energy the body has to use in order to digest them.

Try eating four or more servings of non starchy veggies a day. This is a very important first step, so put your dislike for veggies behind you and get eating.

2) Eat a protein with every meal

Protein comes in many forms, textures and taste. From dairy to meat, you can mix and match your meals to suit your taste. Remember to use low-fat dairy or lean meats. This source of nutrient is vital to preserve your lean body mass, and is another energy consumer when being digested.

So start adding beef, chicken, fish, eggs and dairy to your diet. Also, remember not to fry but rather steam or grill the meats, and scramble the eggs.

3) Include whole grain carbohydrates

Eating this food source helps regulate your insulin level. Insulin promotes fat storage, so we need to avoid simple carbohydrates which digest faster and produce large amounts of insulin. Rather, eat more complex whole grain ones that take longer to digest.

Including these carbohydrates in your diet will improve your health, and help speed up your weight loss.

4) Include more healthy fats

This is weird, as we generally try to avoid all types of fat when we go on diet. So what are healthy fats?
A few examples are olive oil, almonds, walnuts and any other source of omega 3. These healthy fats are essential to help the body with the different processes it goes through on a daily basis. These fats also are a good antioxidant, and can help reduce the risk of certain illnesses, and also increase your metabolism.

So go nuts and add these to your new eating habits. They are perfect for a in-between meal snack.

5) Eat more frequently

Hooray, we can eat more often. Change from 2-3 normal meals a day to at least 5-6 smaller meals a day. This will increase your metabolism and help burn more calories. Mix and match the above food types. Eating smaller portions more regularly will also assist in controlling your blood sugar, due to a steady input of nutrients during the day. Strangely enough by eating more meals during the day you tend to eat less, and this is good for a steady weight loss.

Now for the part we all prefer to avoid.

As with any weight loss programs, an increase in exercise is always important. Get yourself off the couch, and start walking, running or doing any other form of exercise at least 3 times a week. As you are already changing your eating habits it is now a good time to start changing your sedentary habits as well. The extra energy you use while exercising also helps with the burning of extra calories.

Remember, while you are trying to lose those extra pounds by dieting and exercising, to drink extra water. At least 2 liters a day. Try to avoid any type of alcohol, as these are empty calories and can cause weight gain.

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