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These Tips Can Help You Lose Weight

By Paul Rothbart

With the proliferation of fast foods and all of the automation that makes life easier, it's very easy to gain some extra pounds. Easy but not healthy. There are many people out there who are trying to lose weight. Diet and exercise are time-honored and scientifically-proven methods. They are not always easy to stick to and everyone could use some extra help. Here are some tips that research has shown can be helpful to those trying to lose weight.

Get Lots of Protein

Protein is an essential nutrient that contains amino acids the body needs. It is also used to build muscle tissue. Protein can also aid in weight loss. It can help you eat fewer calories by making you feel full and reducing hunger pangs. Research discovered that participants who consume protein as 15-30 percent of their total calories lost an average of 11 pounds over a 12-week period. They ate 441 fewer calories each day and did so without restricting any foods. Eating eggs for breakfast is a good way to start the day with a protein-heavy meal that can help you eat fewer calories for the rest of the day.

Eat Slowly

Chowing through your meal quickly is detrimental to weight loss. There are a number of studies that have found that fast eaters are more prone to obesity. By eating slowly, you give your brain enough time to determine that you have had enough to eat and will be less likely to overeat. A good way to slow down when eating is to make sure you chew your food thoroughly. Some people even count how many times they chew each forkful.

Don't Eat in Front of the TV

So many people eat dinner parked in front of the television. This is a distraction that can easily cause you to lose track of how much food you are eating. You tend to end up consuming more than you should. Research has discovered that people who eat while distracted by electronics eat 10 percent more food on average than those who don't. Lose the distraction. Focus on your meal. You will enjoy your food more and eat less.

Smaller Portions

Many of us grew up with the clean your plate mentality. If you serve yourself a large portion, you will probably eat it all. Large servings of meals have been linked to obesity. Decrease your serving sizes by just a bit and it may make a big difference in your weight loss attempts.

There are more overweight and obese people than ever. So many are trying to lose weight and struggling. Try adding these tips to your diet and exercise routine. You may be more successful in shedding your excess pounds.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Snellville, Ga.

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