If you want to slim down and lose some weight, then there are quite a few things you can do to shed the pounds. Losing weight too fast is not only dangerous but it is often not a permanent way.
Fad diets and diet pills can induce fast weight loss, but they can also kill you. Once you’re dead, you won’t have to worry about any weight loss, but then you won’t have a life either. The best solution is to go for permanent solutions that you can live with on a daily basis.
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The first thing is to write down the things you eat on a daily basis. Carry a small notebook with you and observe your eating habits on a daily basis for about a week. Include food, snacks, and drinks. There are a lot of websites that you can use that will help you to keep track of your calorie intake in food. After you’ve observed yourself, you’ll know about how much you usually eat.
Next, figure out what your daily recommended calorie intake is for your gender and height. For example, if you’re a man of about 5’11”, your calorie needs will be different than a man of 5’4″. Also, your calorie intake will vary with age and activity level.
Once you’ve established that, you need to change your eating habits. Fats, meats, and starches are going to be calorie packed. Fast food is usually loaded with calories, but poor on nutrition. Substitute more fresh fruits and vegetables in your meals and snacks.
For example, instead of reaching for that pack of chips or a chocolate candy bar, reach for a banana or a bowl of fresh strawberries. Eat more salads, and leave off the dressings and cheese. A whole head of lettuce is less than 100 calories, but a tiny Whopper JR. from Burger King is about four times that much. You can’t eat a whole head of lettuce in one sitting, so therefore you can actually eat more if you substitute fresh fruits and vegetables.
Make a list of the kinds of foods you want to reduce and the kinds of foods you want to increase. Foods like cucumbers, lettuce, cabbage, and squash are low-calorie foods that you can virtually eat limitless quantities on. Foods like cheese, potato chips, and candy bars are foods that you want to eat as little as possible from.
Most people are used to eating junk food and fast food. Their taste preference has been programmed by culture and society. They don’t know that they can change their food preferences. You can start to change your food preferences for more healthy foods, so that you can experience a measure of success in your weight loss.
Another important point about weight loss is exercise. Get up and get moving! Join a gym and start working out. If you don’t like exercise machines, start walking or jogging. You can also dance to your favorite music. You should exercise at least 45 minutes every other day, for at least 3 to 4 times a week. The more you exercise the more calories and fat you’ll burn.