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Want To Lose Weight & Keep It Off?

January is a key time to try to knock off a few pounds and fit into those smaller sizes in the back of the closet.  That sounds good until we get to the first Monday and those donuts in the office look really great.  Finding real answers and lasting ways to keep weight off calls for more than wishful thinking.  When you succeed your body will be much healthier too.

I have been on effective diet plans that helped me lose twenty pounds in a few months.  But two years later I had regained the twenty pounds and added five more.

Start with these easy ways to make this time different.

Rethink Your Approach to Food.  When you hit the store for a weekly shop spend some time in the produce aisle loading up with fresh fruits and vegetables that appeal to you. Avoid the frozen convenience foods and totally skip the crackers, chips and pastries.  Instead of sodas, look for waters, juices and teas.  Add low fat dairy too with low sugar yogurts that can be topped with fresh fruit.

Think about how you eat too.  Many nutritionists will tell us we gobble up calories much faster than we register a full feeling.  Relax while you eat, dine with friends and enjoy the meal. Most important chew each bite until you have a watery consistency.  If you are a fast eater this may be quite a change, but the results actually work.  In no time you will be eating much less and actually enjoying your meals more.  I dropped 15 pounds this way and it really seemed easy.

Don’t go on starving binges.  All of that willpower used to skip breakfast, eat practically nothing at lunch and wait for dinner can spell disaster.  Healthy breakfasts are proven to be good weight loss aids and skipping meals can lead to total binges in the evening, justified by the fact that you really ate almost nothing all day.

Watch Out For Midnight Snacking.  Many of us will admit this is a dangerous time of the day to add calories.  We may eat reasonably all day and then blow It with some over the top snacks as we fight insomnia or just stay up late when we are out. What could be better than beer and pizza after a late movie?  Pick a new spot and opt for lighter salads and leaner protein choices. 

Keep Your Exercise In the Loop.  Now you are eating better you may be totally motivated to run a little more, add more gym days, or try a new exercise routine. When the sugar and fat intake goes down you may feel a natural urge to speed up the exercise for maximum results. Go with that urge and watch the results.

Really Think About Your Goals.  The true diet that results in weight loss that stays lost usually centers on a healthy satisfying diet that you actually enjoy.  The Mediterranean Diet is an excellent example of fresh fruit, vegetables, olive oils and fish that can become a delight instead of a chore.  Start browsing diets that really appeal to you and choose the one that really fits you.

As always check with your doctor when you start a new diet. 

 

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