Avoid eating on the “run”
Plan your daily schedule to include enough time to prepare nutritious wholesome meals, or prep the food ahead of time. Fast foods can be very convenient but they are one of the #1 enemies of weight loss. There is no hiding the fact that fast food can and will make you FAT! Our bodies can’t even process half of the crap that is in almost all fast food products.
Eliminate your use of artificial sweeteners and Soda
Artificially sweetened beverages can, in some cases, aid in cutting calories from your diet, but beware. Studies suggest that drinking “diet” soda may actually work against weight loss through use of false ingredients. Even when paying attention to the nutrition label, be careful!!!!! soda companies are very slick and have ways of renaming and hiding the truth about their beverages. If your looking for a healthy alternative, I highly recommend AdvoCare Spark!
Don’t use food as a form of stress-relief
Find more productive ways to manage stress, such as exercising, listening to music, spending time with friends, etc… Eating is only going to add to stresses, complications, and problems in the future.
Be smart about condiments and toppings
Butter, mayonnaise, sour cream, and “special sauces” used by individuals and restaurants are very concentrated sources of calories & saturated fats. If you want to add flavor to your food while keeping your health in mind, try using lemon juice, soy sauce, salsa, or spices instead. Most condiments can wreak havoc on our digestive systems.
Avoid getting “too” hungry
To keep hunger and starving yourself from derailing your diet, eat smaller, more frequent meals. Try to include a healthy source fat and protein in every meal and snack. The body digests both slowly, which will keep you from getting hungry again as quickly. Keep the meals and snacks nutritious and healthy. Starving yourself can be just as detrimental to your diet as eating junk food.
Stop mixing entertainment and food
We’ve all at some point, mindlessly eaten a whole tub of popcorn, a whole bag of chips, or some form of junk food while you’re watching a movie or TV. Making eating a separate activity, will help you consume less. Food and entertainment have become a very powerful duo in wrecking far too many diets.
Pay attention to your “liquid” intake
If you’re counting calories, it’s extremely important to remember to pay attention to the calories in your beverages. Sodas, fruit juice, sports drinks, and vitamin water are significant sources of calories and sugars. Alcoholic beverages add more calories than any drinker would like to acknowledge.
Keep a record everything you eat
Simply write down everything you stuff into your face during the day. Make your entries soon after you’ve eaten, otherwise you’ll form a bad habit of falsifying them later. Keeping a food log forces you to give conscious thought to what you’re eating. Keeping track of your food intake can seem tedious, but it will help you more quickly develop better eating habits and is much easier than most people think. Your food record also allows you to calculate the nutrients you are taking in, and can also show the ones you’re missing.
Regular exercise is essential!!! Pick exercises that you enjoy and will want to incorporate into your daily routine. Be sure to include resistance training to your exercises. Be sure to consult a trainer or specialist to insure and increase the rate of your success.
If you fall, get right back up and keep going. Short-term diets only produce short-term results. The only successful way to keep the weight off is to make small but permanent changes in your lifestyle. If you temporarily slip back into old habits, don’t give up! Recommit to your healthier lifestyle!