You arrive at a party just in time to meet a few good friends. The dinner table overflows with mouthwatering food and desserts that practically scream at your face with no voice telling you to indulge!
Diet or losing weight seems impossible especially this holiday season. There are just too many parties to attend, too much good food on the table – but wait, maybe that versatility is exactly what will make your holiday ‘diet’ fun. Don’t deprive yourself, just eat smart by picking the right food and flavor for the calorie option at the buffet table. It’s surely okay to overeat once in a while, you assume yourself, especially in the company of close friends or relatives that you see once in a while. Nevertheless, smart food choices let you enjoy the holiday feasts and still control the calories.
Weight loss on its own is often a poor measure of a fat change. If you do exercises, you may put on muscle as you lose fat. So, your waistline may get smaller without significant change on your weight. Remember, fat loss is a slow process with lots of stops and starts, even if you are doing all the right things. But a healthier diet and exercise will benefit you anytime.
Many people eat too much fat these days. This, along with a low level of physical activity, does not help people keep to a healthy weight. Losing weight is much easier with a diet that is very low in fat and with moderate amounts of proteins and carbohydrates.
Understand The Risk Of Obesity
Your first move to achieve the best diet is to understand the risk of being overweight. Know that you have higher risk of dying early and acquiring nearly all the major diseases: diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, and some forms of cancer. If you are obese, losing even just 10 percent of your weight can lower these risks.
Have A Realistic Target
The key to losing weight is having a realist goal. Follow a balanced low-fat diet. Introduce healthy changes to your diet slowly so you can stick with them. Start working out gradually and allow yourself the odd nonfat or nonfood reward.
Start With Salads
Salads are good starters and also become the main course of choice for the diet and health conscious. The history of salads tracks back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who already knew that raw greens were easy to digest. Nowadays, so much cachet is attached to whipping up your own unique salads that are also tasty, flavorful and healthy.
More Water And Fruits
Drink lots of water when you wake up. You can drink one to two glasses of water – distilled water because it helps wash away the toxins when you first get up before you move around. Eat fresh fruits or blend fruits with no added sugar.
Avoid High-Fat Dairy Products
Choosing low-fat dairy products and cooking through a microwave oven or grill rather than frying will help cut down the amount of fat. Slowly, you’ll get used to low fat foods; there are certainly lots of delicious and healthy options out there.
Don’t Stock Up Calorie-filled Foods At Home
Store easy to access food at the farthest end of the fridge – even in the freezer, so you won’t be tempted to just heat it and fill up. Take extra care when considering snacks. Oftentimes, they are snacks that tempt you away from your healthy intentions. Be cautious of the caloric content of foods you stock in your pantry. Food labels are not just for scientific people. It is supposed to be for the general public that you must be aware of.
Don’t Let Yourself Starve
You can skip meals if you are not hungry or save a portion it you can eat later, but don’t let yourself starve, otherwise you will eat more and more. What you eat is more important than when you eat. Foods with plenty of fiber, like whole grain bread as an example, helps avoid hunger with acquiring the calories.
Exercise, Exercise And Exercise
If you’re a beginner, you can start with a 15 mins. simple workout each day, like jogging, walking or gardening. After a few days, you can upgrade to 30 minutes to an hour exercise. Just breathe hard but be able to hold a conversation. If you can manage this only in short bursts-fine-use the stairs or walk instead of riding a car.
Consider A Balanced Low-fat Diet
Balanced low fat diet and choosing the right foods can result in better weight control than fad diets that hard to follow, can leave you feeling permanently hungry, and may be unhealthy and less effective. The best way is to cut down animal fats as much as possible. Unfortunately, as humans, we have been biologically programmed to seek fatty foods to keep up our energy stores.
Don’t Sleep Late At Night
Erratic sleeping hours can contribute to your weight fluctuations. When you sleep late, you tend to eat more because you need the energy, especially when you have an active lifestyle. Carbs keeps you awake.
Maintain Your Ideal Weight
Keep to the minimum and put efforts into controlling your weight. For example, when you look at yourself in a mirror, you may think that you don’t want weighing so much because when you exercise you build muscle. So it’s really how you look and how you fit into your favorite clothes that you judge your ideal weight.
Motivation is essential to attain and keep a healthy weight; so is choosing the right foods. It is also important not to feel guilty about having a weight problem. After all, life today surrounds us with all the wrong food choices.
As a common rule, it is a good habit to keep to a maximum of just one serving of a meal. Having a healthy body and lifestyle is a reward for yourself. Think that you want to take care of your body you only have one so you do everything, not to preserve it, but to have a good sense of life. It shows in your aura, whatever you are eating or feeling. It shows whether you are taking care of yourself. Though it might be quite depressing to hear or read this advice, your life and your health should not depend on anyone else but on your own choices. You don’t have to eat less; you just need to eat better.