One way to feel better about yourself is to to be happy with your body – to be more specific, your weight.
Let’s be honest. A person can be a little overweight and still be healthy. As long as you’re healthy and happy with how you look, then you’re fine. Be happy with who you are!
But if a person is too overweight, it’s not healthy at all. Plus the added weight can make a person feel sluggish, tired, and just worn out without doing much of anything. And if you’re not happy with the numbers on the scale, then it’s time to do something about it.
These healthy weight loss tips are to help you lose weight without losing your mind in the process. These worked for me.
The first main weight loss tip – when you weigh yourself, do it first thing in the morning after you wake up after you go to the bathroom – before eating or drinking. This will give you the most accurate weight. Remember younger ladies, you will weigh more from water weight gain if it’s near or during your time of the month. My advice is to not weigh yourself during these times because it won’t be an accurate weight.
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To lose weight, the cold hard truth is that you have to get up and move. Any movement is exercise. You don’t have to run a marathon to get daily exercise. You just have to get up and move. This is what throws so many people off!
Just normal everyday house cleaning is exercise! So when you’re sweeping, mopping, running the vaccuum cleaner, doing the laundry, or washing the dishes, you’re getting exercise in and that helps. Just walking from one room to another, doing this or that, is exercise. All of it helps in your goal to lose weight.
Exercise is needed to lose weight, but a change in your diet is also needed. What you eat and drink plays a vital role in your weight loss goals.
I’m a firm believer is not totally cutting out the junk food, simply because if you totally cut everything out, then you start to crave it and then you go overboard and eat or drink way too much and put the pounds on rather than take them off. You do have to cut out most of the junk, just not totally all of it. I can almost hear some of you over there going yay… 🙂
It’s a fact that the more overweight you are, the faster you will lose weight, and the more pounds will come off. If you’re only a few pounds overweight, it’ll be harder to lose the extra pounds. Also, if you’re lots overweight, even though you’ll lose weight faster to start with, as you get to a normal weight, your weight loss will start to slow down.
Okay, so here’s the deal – how to lose the weight. Remember as you read this that you can have a wee bit of so called junk food and drink if you don’t want to crave and over-indulge. But also remember that when you do eat or drink even a wee bit it only prolongs the weight loss.
First of all, leave out the salt or as much as you can. Salt makes your body hold water and you bloat. Icky yes, but it’s true. Cut out the soda and drinks such as sweet tea or other drink with sugar. Drink lots of water. Your body needs water. Once you get used to drinking water, you’ll be surprised as how refreshing it is.
When you shop, buy healthy food that you have to prepare. Leave the junk food, the premade food, sitting there at the store. A general rule – if it’s not grown or natural, it’s probably loaded with calories.
The kinds of things you want to buy and have on hand at home are: cheese, milk, eggs, rice, veggies, fruits, fish, chicken, beef (only lean), pork, nuts, real butter, extra virgin olive oil.
For fish, chicken, beef, and pork – bake, boil, stir-fry or grill instead of fry in grease or oil.
If you don’t have a steamer, buy one. A steamer is excellent for steaming veggies. Steamed veggies keep their flavor, along with the vitamins and minerals. I wish I could tell you how yummy steamed veggies are compared to boiling them.
If you used canned veggies, drain and rinse them before using. This gets rid of the salt that’s added to them when they’re canned.
Some foods that you want to give up while trying to lose weight, or eat as little as possible are: breads, rolls, biscuits, pasta, ramen noodles, bacon, sausage, weiners, lunch meat, desserts, soda, sauces, gravy, fried foods, fried foods.
Eat when you’re hungry but don’t eat until you’re full or stuffed. If you don’t finish your plate, put it in the fridge for later.
If you’re used to eating a lot of food at a meal, you can eat a lot of healthy food, not be hungry and still lose weight. It’s what you eat, not how much you eat. But if you’re used to eating a lot, it will take a lot to fill you up until you get used to eating less and your stomach shrinks down.
So how do you fix that? Eat slow and stop eating when you’re not hungry, even if you have food left. Put the leftovers in the fridge. Since you’re eating real food and not junk food, you’re going to lose weight even if you still eat a lot. As you eat less and less with each meal, your stomach is going to shrink and you’ll get full faster on less. You can fill up on healthy food and not be hungry at all.
A good idea to help in your weight loss efforts is to plan ahead what you’ll make for a meal. You can cook some things ahead so that the fridge is never empty when you want a snack. Remember that you don’t want to buy junk that’s premade when shopping, so preparing some snacks ahead is a good idea.
You can boil some eggs then put them in a bowl in the fridge – great for a snack, chicken or tuna salad, etc. Steam up some carrots or brocolli. Bake some sweet potatoes. Make some individual salads ahead – lettuce, tomato, baby spinach, carrots, shredded cheese… then top with some fat-free dressing when ready to eat.
The main idea here is that to lose weight, you have to love and you have to change your diet. Once you change your mindset to one of eating to live rather than living to eat, the weight will come off and you’ll feel so much better – mind and body! Set your mind to losing weight and you will indeed lose the weight. 🙂