7 Secrets to Successful Weight Loss without Dieting

The word “diet” should be banned from the English language!  It immediately brings to mind starvation and deprivation of the foods you love.  Dieting is usually a short-term way of eating that you cannot maintain even if you manage to reach your goal.

Here are some ways to lose weight without “dieting”:

Keep a food diary for two weeks.  Write down everything you eat, how much, when, and where.  Also note if you eat in response to an “emotional” trigger.  You will be amazed at what you discover when you review your journal.  It will be easy to identify ways you can improve your eating habits.

Drink an adequate amount of water, at least half a glass every hour.  This keeps your body hydrated and snacking under control.  Many times when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually thirsty.

Add some exercise to your daily routine.  This burns calories, increases your metabolism, and  makes you feel better.  It also strengthens your bones, tones up your muscles, and makes your heart stronger.

Be aware of how much you are eating.  Put your food on a plate, in proper portions, sit down at the table, and take pleasure in eating.  Don’t read or watch television.  This leads to overeating because you’re not aware of what you’re doing!

It’s important to not skip meals.  It’s easy in the morning to just grab a cup of coffee, but that will lead to major hunger about 10am.  Then you will hit the vendor machine at work and eat something full of fat and carbs.  By lunch time, your blood sugar has plummeted, so you head to your nearby fast food place.  This meal also is mainly fats and carbs, so by 3 pm you’re ready to snack again.  When it’s time to go home, you’re exhausted, and the thought of cooking a nice, healthy dinner just makes you groan.  So you pick up a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken, with potatoes and biscuits.  All because you skipped a decent breakfast!!!

Take the time to eat a decent breakfast with good proportions of protein and carbs and you will be set up for a day of healthy and controlled eating.

Vegetables should be a big part of your eating regime. They are fat-free, low in calories, and have fiber.  They will fill you up and give you minerals and vitamins your body needs to stay healthy.

If you get hungry between meals, have healthy foods available.  Fresh fruit, low fat cheese, a handful of almonds, all go a long way to satisfy hunger.

These tips should help you reach your weight loss goal, maintain a healthy weight, and give you new habits to improve your overall health.

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