Successful weight loss depends on developing the sort of eating and exercise habits that will help you to lose weight and stay in shape not just for a few months but for ever. Weight loss which happens gradually and steadily over a period of time with some serious changes in eating habits and exercises is the best kind of weight loss recommended by experts.
Be realistic and be positive about weight loss and follow the three golden rules of weight loss.
1st Golden Rule : Follow a healthy, calorie-controlled diet.
2nd Golden Rule : Aim to achieve slow, steady weight loss.
3rd Golden Rule : Combine this with a realistic daily exercise program.
Consult a doctor or registered dietician
Before you start trying to lose weight, consult a doctor or a registered dietitian. With their help, you can come up with a safe plan, based on eating well and exercising.
Eat healthy diet
Prepare a balanced meal plan and stick to it.
Try to stick to regular meal times the best you can.
Eat slowly and chew each bite completely to decrease your appetite.
Avoid eating while you’re watching TV or preparing a meal. It is far too easy to overeat when you are distracted or surrounded by food.
Cutout a picture of someone whose figure you admire, to keep you motivated.
Eat the most filling, least fattening foods first (for example salad before the pizza, soup before the meal) so you fill up faster and consume fewer calories.
People that eat mostly fruits, vegetables and whole grains often find that they can eat as much as they want without gaining weight.
Drink four to six glasses of water each day, especially before meals. Water has no calories and it will help you to feel full.
Remember that all types of activities burn calories. If possible walk instead of ride, take the stairs instead of the elevator, park in the furthest spot. Try to work off, through exercise, any foods eaten that were not planned for in your meal pattern. At least 30 to 60 minutes of walking, jogging, cycling, swimming or some other form of aerobic exercise a minimum of three times a week.
Boost your metabolism
Boost your metabolism to keep your energy pulsating and your body in shape.
Drinking hot water as apposed to cold water can increase the speed of your metabolism and burn more calories.
Do not skip breakfast. A breakfast bowl of vegetables and brown rice is a great way to kick-start your metabolism for the day.
Avoid stress. Physical and emotional stress activates the release of cortisol, a steroid that slows metabolism.
Sleep. Research shows that people who don’t sleep for seven to eight hours a night are more prone to weight gain.
Be positive! The more you feel good about yourself the easier and faster it is to lose weight.