One of the first weight loss tips is this: Admit you have a problem. Many people say that until they saw a photo of themselves on the beach or at a wedding or whatever, they didn't realize that they were that overweight. I guess they didn't have a mirror or bath scale in the house. Something told them they were overweight.
Remember, with the exception of one guy that was a carpenter, no one is ever perfect and you shouldn't feel like you have to be, but if your weight is keeping you from being as happy as you should, do something about it. (And yes, I used to build houses.)
If you are over your ideal weight then you are at a higher risk for all
sorts of disease and ailments. The sooner you start, the sooner you
start to lose weight and the sooner you reduce your risk. If you are one of the people that actually has a mirror, and you have already found out that you should lose weight, start now, don't wait until tomorrow. It might never come.
Weight Loss Tip #1 - Start Slowly. Don't try and do everything overnight. If you try and change everything at once you're going to fail. Take small steps like adding a salad to every evening meal or cutting out half of the oil used to cook with. Take small steps to healthy weight loss.
Weight Loss Tip #2 - Cut down on the animal protein. This includes meat, poultry, eggs, cheese, and dairy products of any kind. The ideal goal is zero animal proteins, but just reducing the amount that you are consuming now will help you to lose weight and improve your health. The problem with animal protein is that it is low in nutrients especially the micro nutrients the body needs and also contains fat, cholesterol and quite a lot of calories to protein as compared to vegetables and fruits.
Weight Loss Tip #3 - Eat as many vegetables as you want especially leafy green vegetables. It is almost impossible to overeat on vegetables except starchy vegetables like potatoes and corn. Remember French fries and ketchup are not vegetables.
Weight Loss Tip #4 - Satisfy your sweet tooth with fruit. Fruit is a tasty, sweet way to fill up on fiber, vitamins and anti-oxidants. Fruits are a great way to fight cancer get vitamins such as vitamin C and plenty of fiber.
Weight Loss Tip #5 - Stay away from unhealthy carbs such as white flour, refined sugar, white rice and potatoes. You should be eating healthy carbs such as whole grains and beans, fruits and vegetables.
Weight Loss Tip #6 - Reduce or eliminate from your diet all saturated fats and trans fats. Saturated fats are found primarily in animal sources, which it would mean red meat and whole milk dairy products. Trans fats are basically the oils found in vegetable shortening, margins ,crackers, candies, cookies, potato chips and French fries as well as a lot of baked goods and process foods.
Weight Loss Tip #7 - Avoid sugar. Sugar causes energy ups and downs and can lead to health problems such as diabetes. You might not even be aware of the amount of sugar you are consuming each day. Sugar can be hidden in bread, soups, pasta sauces, instant mashed potatoes, frozen dinners and fast food. Eat naturally sweet food instead such as fruit, peppers, or nut butter.
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Weight Loss Tip #8 - Get rid of the salt shaker. Not only is salt the high blood
pressure culprit it has been made out to be, it also helps you retain
weight. It helps your body store fat makes the fat denser and increases
your cravings. The recommended sodium intake per day is 1500 to 2300 mg,
the equivalent of about a teaspoon. Process foods like soups and frozen
dinners usually contain a lot of hidden sodium that easily surpasses
the recommendation. Be careful when eating out, most restaurants and
fast food joints load their food with sodium. Use herbs and spices or chilies to kick up the flavors of bland foods.
Weight Loss Tip #9 - And the final weight loss tip is something I know you've heard before, get some exercise. You don't have to go run a 5K marathon tomorrow but you could go for a walk around the block or go for a bicycle ride. Take the stairs at work instead of the elevator. Start small and work your way up to that 5K marathon.
Of course always check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.
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