Many people set weight loss goals with hopes of looking like celebrities or skinny friends. That approach is unrealistic, and it can be harmful to a dieter's health.
If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you'll need to set weight loss goals tailored to your age, health and lifestyle. An active individual who mountain bikes and jogs daily can consume more calories per day on a diet than someone in a sedentary job who may only have time for an exercise class or occasional walk a few times a week. Ask your doctor or personal trainer for weight loss advice, and nix the trendy advice from celebrity websites.
Examine healthy foods, exercise routines, meditation, weight loss teas (green, oolong, mint) and other options. Choose the ones that are most appealing to you.
Set weight loss goals and once you've achieved them, follow up by maintaining your weight with healthy lifestyle changes. You'll probably have to give up the occasional high-calorie treat during your initial weight loss plan. You can always indulge every so often.
A 55 year old, sedentary female will need around 1600 calories a day to maintain her weight while an active 35 year old woman needs 2200 to maintain her weight. This Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion chart from the USDA lists recommended calories per day for ages 1 to 76+.
Consult Baylor College of Medicine's BMI and Calorie Calculator to determine the number of calories you need to lose weight or maintain your current weight. To lose one pound a week, you'll need to cut 500 calories a day from your diet.
Don't crash diet! If you restrict yourself to less than 1,000 calories a day, you'll lose weight and fat, but gain it back within six months. Set weight loss goals by committing yourself to a new healthy eating regimen. After all, losing weight to look good and feel better isn't just a temporary thing. We want to keep the weight off and look good indefinitely!
Losing weight means cutting calories, so we need to be sure the foods we do eat are nutritious and tasty. Low-calorie foods don't have to be bland! Fruits, vegetables, carbohydrates, proteins and healthy fats are necessary to maintain good health while you lose weight. Proteins include almonds, cashews, organic peanut butter, beans, lentils, tuna, shrimp, tofu, yogurt and sunflower seeds. Brown rice, buckwheat, oatmeal, groats, bran cereal, sweet potatoes and 100% whole wheat breads and bagels are just a few of the carbohydrates to choose from when you need to lose weight. Healthy fats include salmon, halibut, herring, peanuts, walnuts, fish oil supplements, flaxseed, extra-virgin olive oil and pumpkin seeds. That's just a partial list of the choices for lunch, dinner and snacks. You can also look into healthy smoothies or herbal teas for a treat any time of day, or learn more about out Best Breakfasts for Weight Loss.
Merely counting calories may help you lose weight in the short-term, but it won't keep you healthy and energetic unless you have nutritious foods on your plate. Here are a few of the best foods for weight loss.
High in protein and healthy fat, eggs contain energy-boosting Vitamin B12, folate, riboflavin and bone-strengthening Vitamin D. Eating one egg a day won't cause heart or cholesterol problems in healthy individuals, and eggs help fill you up faster and reduce your appetite. Choose egg whites over egg yolks, and eat fruit and whole grain toast for breakfast to lose weight and stay healthy.
Eat small portions of lean, red meat from animals raised organically to lose weight or maintain your current weight. An organic, grass fed, lean ground beef patty contains 200 calories, and is high in zinc, niacin and Vitamin B12. An organic, boneless, skinless chicken breast is 130 calories and contains 25 grams of protein. Add a plain baked potato (no sour cream or fatty butter), leafy greens or a salad for a low-calorie, protein rich dinner.
Confining yourself to a certain numbers of calories a day can be stressful for most people. Instead of adding up numbers all day, get used to choosing from your list of healthy foods. Mix and match the foods you love, and check out recipes and cooking methods on online food sites. Set weight loss goals by choosing the foods, teas, smoothies and exercises you like, and incorporating them into your daily life.
Exercise may not pare off pounds like changing your eating habits, but it will firm up jiggly thighs, help eliminate cellulite and flatten your stomach.
A 2015 article in Obesity Reviews showed that high-intensity interval training is more effective for weight loss than other types of exercise. These workouts consist of short, vigorous bouts of exercise followed by less intense exercise or complete rest between activities.
If you aren't up for intense workouts, engage in moderate physical activity a few times a week. Play volleyball or softball, walk, bike or hike. You'll burn calories and get your blood pumping.
There's a bonus to choosing team sports to keep in shape. The camaraderie between teammates improves social skills and may lead to an enduring friendship or two. Research has proven people with close friends are happier, healthier and have more moral support for their endeavors.
Diet and exercise are the two main components of weight loss goals, but many other habits that affect your weight and your overall health. Sleep, stress management and meditation are
When you don't get enough sleep, you fill up on dehydrating coffee and energy drinks to stay awake during the day, and that's just one of the after effects of insomnia. You're more likely to break your diet by overeating or indulging in high calorie sweets when you don't get enough shuteye. The National Sleep Foundation recommends between seven and nine hours of sleep each night.
1. Use a small plate between 9 and 10 inches in diameter, to eat meals. The Smaller Plate Study, found that the bigger the dinner plate, the bigger the portion-and the calories. Eating from larger plates could result in consuming 50 calories or more a day. Reduce the temptation to eat more by reduce the size of your plate or bowl.
2. Drop soda from your diet, and that includes diet drinks. Research conducted on rats at Purdue University and the San Antonio Heart Study, which tracked the dietary habits of 5,000 adults over several years, suggest that drinking diet soda may cause weight gain. Substitute no-calorie water or low-calorie herbal tea, and you'll save up to 540 calories a day. Water and herbal teas are healthier for you. They improve your digestion, keep your skin smooth, and fill you up so you eat less – without harmful chemicals like aspartame and sucralose.
3. Chew your food slowly. Eat mindfully to lose weight. You'll enjoy your food, instead of rushing through meals on the go or snacking in front of the TV. You'll eat less and you'll be better able to keep track of what you eat.
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