Almost every American wants the quickest and easiest way to lose weight but doesn’t want to put forth the time and effort that is required to shed those pounds/inches. Losing weight is hard of course and we don’t like to do it. Jodie Orwig educates us about the right way to lose weight with this informative article on the York Daily Record.
Quickest and Easiest Way to Lose Weight
So you’ve already broken your New Year’s resolution to lose weight and it’s only January. Losing weight is one of the most commonly made and most frequently broken New Year’s resolutions.
One reason is because the average dieter is looking for the quickest and easiest way to lose weight, which usually leads to falling into the fad diet trap. For most, fad diets are rarely adhered to long-term, and any weight lost is usually regained.
Fad diets are easily detectable. Promises of fast weight loss of more than one to two pounds per week, weight loss without required exercises, great-tasting special supplements and foods or too-good-to-be-true before and after photos in advertising are just some red flags to look for. Fad diets often emphasize eliminating one food or food group, which can be dangerous.
To determine if a diet plan is right for you make sure that it: includes foods from all five food groups, foods you would enjoy eating for the rest of your life and some of your favorite foods; encourages the proper number of servings from each food group; fits your budget and lifestyle; and includes regular physical activity.
Trim down without the fad diet approach with these suggestions:
- Become a mindful eater. Pay attention to your body. Stop eating before you feel stuffed. Leave food on your plate.
- Eat at least three times per day and plan meals in advance.
- Use a smaller plate. A 9-inch plate is recommended.
- Balance your plate with the proper portions. Half the plate should be vegetable,¼ should be lean meat, fish, or poultry, and ¼ should be grains. Round out the meal with 8 ounces of fat-free milk and a piece of fruit for dessert.
- Drink plenty of calorie free beverages. You may be thirsty rather than hungry.
- Keep all food in the kitchen. Don’t eat in the car, bedroom, or TV room.
- Enjoy your meal for at least 20 minutes. Eating fast does not allow time for your brain to realize that you are full.
- Get leftovers in the fridge before you begin eating your meal. This will help you avoid having seconds.If you are eating to deal with feelings other than hunger, such as boredom, stress, habit or being tired, here are some things to try:
- Call a friend for support.
- Use inspirational quotes to help avoid temptation to eat.
- Take a warm bath or shower.
- Listen to music or a relaxation CD.
- Take a walk.
- Try activities that keep you from eating, such as exercise or gardening.Now, it’s time to set some realistic goals. Start with two or three specific, measurable and attainable goals. Track your progress by keeping food and activity logs. When you have accomplished a goal, give yourself a reward. Eventually, these attained goals will become habits or lifestyle changes. Here’s to a healthier 2012!
I think the author makes two very important points when she says that a diet should include food you will want to eat for the rest of your life and that it should fit both your budget and your lifestyle. I find that a lot of us force ourselves to eat salads or other foods that we don’t necessarily like when we’re on a mission to lose weight. Then someone in the office, or your husband/wife/parents and/or kids has to go and order pizza or food from your favorite restaurant. It looks so delicious and you’re so tempted. So you give in “just this once.” Too much temptation and not enough time to work out are the two “biggest” excuses.
Like I said, it’s hard work. To wrap things up I can just say that your life will be so much easier once you stop trying to find the quickest and easiest way to lose weight and follow the suggestions above. I wish you a happy weight loss journey!