There are so many diet pills, diet powders and diet plans available everywhere for those who want to lose weight. Even slimming teas are in abundance. Some go for extreme hunger strike, hoping to lose weight drastically fast, but end up with anorexia, which is a “silent killer.” The other desperate ones resort to liposuction to shed their unwanted fat fast.
But here’s another side of dieting. It should not be made synonymous with ‘extreme weight loss in a jiffy, ” and fad diets are not the way to go, either. They will just leave you feeling hungry all day, and most likely, the pounds you shed along the way may quickly return once you get off the diet. Duh?
You see, the real secret to shedding weight and keeping extra pounds off is H-A-B-I-T-S. Yes, habits; plain and simple.
It’s really no big secret. Just try your best to make small changes in your daily habits; let those small changes get into your system until they become part of your everyday habit.
Try these simple habits for a lighter you:
- Healthy snacks for a smart you – It can’t be helped sometimes; we get hungry between meals and a snack is so tempting. Snacking on nutritious food can keep your energy level high and your mind alert, but doesn’t guarantee weight loss. To keep energy levels going while avoiding weight gain — steer clear of food which has a lot of added sugars like candy bars or soda. Go for food which contain fiber such as whole-grain breads, cereals, fruits, and raw veggies and combine them with protein-rich snacks like peanut butter or low-fat yogurt or cheese. Make a list of smart snack suggestion and stick to the list until you acquire the ‘smart snacking habit.’
- Eat if you must, but eat in moderation! Don’t ban food completely just to lose weight; you’d be asking for trouble physically. You won’t feel deprived and unmotivated if you eat. Remember that food is not your enemy; many kinds of food will actually help you lose weight.
- Take more smaller meals instead of three big meals per day; let’s say, six small meals. Keeping a healthy balance of sugar and glucose in your system will do your metabolism a big favor. The secret here is to keep your digestive system working continuously so you don’t store fat. Rather than taking three jumbo meals, why not try eating 6 small healthy meals every 2-3 hours? Hunger pangs are also best fought this way. ^_^
- Fiber is necessary for our body cleansing. It helps bind cholesterol to get it out of our body, but it also helps to make us feel full. When we’re full, we are far less likely to take in empty calories.
- Have a smart breakfast! The old quote “Early to bed and early to rise makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise” rings true and with the right foundation. If you sleep late, it’s not easy to wake up for breakfast; that’s not being smart. Time and again we are told that if we start our day with a healthy, nutritious breakfast we will be much less likely to feel hungry as the day progresses, especially breakfast consisted of protein and fiber.
- Water, water, water. Drink more water during and between your meals. Well hydration of our body means more efficient systems internally; plus drinking water burns more fat. In addition, when you replace sugary fruit juices and soda with water, you’ll be minimizing your calorie intake significantly and that’s a great weight-losing habit worth acquiring!
- Avoid processed foods; refrain as much as you can; but eliminating those from your life is best. Our body has a really hard time burning processed foods, and more likely, those processed food with all the chemicals added into it are just going to be stored as fat reserves instead. Organic, natural alternatives are numerous; go for those.
- Very light dinner only. Health-wise, having a lighter dinner before bedtime is best. Never over-stuff yourself and never go to bed until two hours have passed because the body prefers to have time for proper digestion and absorption the nutrients in meals. Regularly sticking to lighter meals will make that a “habit.” ^_^
- Exercise regularly. Just concentrating on taking fewer calories won’t get you far towards your goal. You need to burn the fat as well, and not hoard them in your body. ^_^ Sweat it out! Strive to stay active and get at least 20-30 minutes of exercise or longer for 3-4 times a week or more (as in everyday if you can).
- Stick to the checklist above... you won’t regret it!