Diets suck. No doubt about it. Why? Because eating feels good. When you are full your brain releases several types of feel-good chemicals, like serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine.
In addition, some people are predisposed to be affected less by some of these chemicals when eating, and therefore need to eat more to get the same effect. Fortunately there are several ways to lose weight and still feel good in the process.
These tips are designed to help you slim down quickly while combating the negative effects dieting has on your mood.
5 Tips to Lose Weight for your family:
Tip #1: Drink plenty of water BEFORE each meal:
Aim for an entire glass. This will help you to feel full while significantly cutting the amount of calories you consume.
Tip #2: Also make sure you stay hydrated throughout the rest of the day:
This does three things: first it keeps more satisfied between meals, and secondly it is the best way to lose water weight. Excess water weight is typically your body’s way of telling you that you aren’t giving it enough hydration and it feels it needs to hoard all the water it can. Third, being hydrated feels good. It makes you feel more energetic, gives you softer, more even skin, and it keeps helps replace water you lose during exercise.
Tip #3: Eat 6 small meals instead of 3:
Divide your meals. You’ve heard it before, I know. If this sounds like too much of a challenging aim for 3 meals and 3 light snacks. This is the biggest healthy thing you can do to rev up your metabolism.
Tip #4: Don’t trust the scale:
It can’t tell the difference between a pound of fat and a pound of muscle. If you lose 3 pounds of fat and gain 2 pounds of muscle you may feel that you failed, when in reality you’ve accomplished more than if you had only lost 3 pounds. Instead, try getting you body fat ratio measured or taking a “before” photo to track your progress.
Tip #5: Find an activity you honestly enjoy:
If you hate running: stop running! Instead, start biking, swimming, dancing… Keep trying new things until you find something that is fun to YOU. Once you find that activity, you’re a lot more likely to keep it up long term.
Losing weight isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be completely uncomfortable. Hopefully these tips will help you to stick to your weight loss plan.