This is the time of year that everyone is looking to lose weight. Everyone want the magic formula to lose as much weight as fast as they can. I’ll tell you the truth about losing weight. It is not easy. However, it can be done and rather successfully if you pick a process and stick with it. That can be changing your diet, cutting your portion sizes, or exercising.
Here are a few methods to get you started on your way to shedding some poundage:
- Intermittent Fasting– Choose a time in the evening to stop eating for the day (ex. 7pm and fast until about 12-15 hours later (usually overnight and skipping breakfast). There is a lot of information on fasting and how it can not only promote weight loss but is beneficial for your body in so many other ways. Remember to keep hydrated.
- Cutting down on meat– You don’t have to become a vegetarian or vegan but your body will definitely benefit from eating less meat products. Instead substitute more veggies, fruits, and nuts.
- Cutting down on dairy– Cut down on your milk, cheese, and butter consumption and you’ll not only feel better, but shed some pounds too. You can get calcium from many other sources like veggies (broccoli and supplements).
- Cutting sugar– This is a hard one for a lot of people. Maybe start with a little less added sugar in your coffee and tea. Limiting yourself to two cookies not four. If you can’t go fully without at first try cutting down a little at a time .
- Don’t stock your kitchen with temptations- This is probably the most helpful. If you don’t have it constantly staring at you from your refrigerator or pantry then maybe you can’t eat it. Instead stock your kitchen with lots of healthy alternatives like fruit, and veggies, nuts, dried fruits, and try some recipes for healthy snacks.
Hopefully this will get you started on your way to a healthier, lower weight lifestyle. You’ll notice there is not much about exercise above. While it is important, we all need to learn to control what we put in our mouths first. What you put into your body ultimately determines your health and ability to reach and maintain a healthy weight.