Weight Loss Tips
The Top Seven Weight Loss Mistakes
Promoting weight loss is one of the top industries worldwide. And it just wouldn’t be so, if most of us weren’t trying to lose weight at some point in our lives. If you’re trying to shed a few pounds, then be sure to review these weight loss tips revealing the top seven mistakes to ensure your weight loss isn’t a losing battle.
WEIGHT LOSS TIPS MISTAKE #1 – Never getting started.
There are a number of reasons why a person who truly wants to lose weight might never seem to find the time to start a weight loss program. They might include fear, feeling overwhelmed, assuming a gym membership is required, lack of time, lack of money, or even that they just enjoy certain foods that they don’t want to give up. Another significant issue for some people is that they feel they have so much weight to lose, that it simply can’t be done. The great news is that these reasons are all myths, and you can overcome every one of them.
WEIGHT LOSS TIPS MISTAKE #2 Weight loss through starvation.
One of the most important weight loss tips you will ever discover is that successful weight loss is never about starvation. If you starve your body of the nutrients it needs, you’ll be doing more harm than good. The reason is that if there isn’t enough fuel in your body, your metabolism (i.e., the rate your body converts fuel to energy) slows down, and you’ll start to lose muscle instead of fat. Furthermore, in a situation of weight loss through starvation, the result is always temporary, because the fat on your body was never reduced. The simple reverse of this is to INCREASE the amount of healthy food – in particular protein and vegetables.
WEIGHT LOSS TIPS MISTAKE #3 – Assuming that our current diet is healthy.
If you were to ask each person you meet if he or she is a healthy eater, chances are most people will tell you that they are. This is because
good nutrition means different things to different people. To find out if YOU are a healthy eater, keep a log or journal, and write down EVERYTHING you put in your mouth for an entire week. Don’t forget alcohol, and each little “bite, lick and nibble” as the day progresses. Most likely, you will be shocked how fast it all adds up.
WEIGHT LOSS TIPS MISTAKE #4 – Weight loss means diet.
Long term weight loss and dieting are two different things. Most people who diet, jump onto the latest fad diet and eventually the weight comes back – and usually with a few extra pounds to boot. In particular, many diet foods such as low-fat grocery items and diet sodas aren’t as healthy as they appear. For example, did you know that most fat-free grocery items contain more sugar (a.k.a., “carbohydrates”) than the normal higher-fat version. Typically, the original item is the healthier alternative. But the only way to know for sure is to read the nutritional information on the label.
WEIGHT LOSS TIPS MISTAKE #5 – Weight loss without exercise.
There are two sides to this issue. Some people chose to lose weight with no thought given to their activity level. And others feel that tons of cardio is required. Neither extreme is ideal. And what YOUR body needs will also depend on your level of fitness.
Although gym memberships, personal trainers and extensive cardio may SEEM the way to go, there are two important things to remember. Our bodies need to get moving. And if you’re someone who just can’t seem to exercise at all, consider taking a WALK a few times a week, or parking your car in the farthest spot from the mall entrance, or from the entrance to where you work. Each of those extra steps can add up. Incorporating some kind of physical activity every day or so is another one of the most important weight loss tips you can follow.
WEIGHT LOSS TIPS MISTAKE #6 – Lack of protein.
To maintain your weight, you need one “gram” of protein for every “pound” you weigh. But to LOSE weight, you’ll need 1.5 grams. That’s right; you need MORE protein than normal to Lose weight. And getting 1.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight is TOUGH to accomplish. Ironically, many “diet” programs are so rigid about portion control, that you’re actually NOT getting enough protein.
If you weigh 150 lbs, then your body will need 225 grams of protein every day. And since most people have a hard time getting to the “1 gram for 1 pound” mark, don’t be surprised if you can’t consume 225 grams in a single day.
Here are a few examples of protein content:
- A 6 oz. steak has 42 grams.
- One egg contains 6-8 grams (depending on the size).
- A 4 oz. piece of chicken has 35 grams.
To ensure success, latch onto some “high protein” foods. Tofu has 20 grams per half cup and a 14 cup of pumpkin seeds has 19 grams of protein.
WEIGHT LOSS TIPS MISTAKE #7 – Not dealing with emotional eating.
Ahh… comfort foods. We all have them, right? Whether it’s chips or sweets, most people have a food that they gravitate to when the going gets tough. In particular, this activity is often combined with something mindless or relaxing, like watching TV or playing a game. Add these two things together and it’s a recipe for disaster.
In these circumstances we don’t even realize or care how much junk we are stuffing into our mouths. One quick weight loss tip to help deal with this problem is … right before you indulge … have a glass of water and a high protein snack. Then wait about 10 minutes before reaching for the chips bag. Once you DO reach for the chips, pour a reasonable amount into a bowl, put the bag away, and don’t go back to the bag; promise yourself that this is ALL that you’ll be having today. As you eat this snack, don’t do any other activity. Not only will you limit how much you consume, but you’ll savor each bite as the flavor becomes the focus.
Weight Loss Tips
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