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We’ve all seen these fad diets, you know the ones that promise you will drop 20 pounds in one week. Even though you may lose the weight, unfortunately you’re losing it too fast and usually in a really unhealthy manner. On top of that, fad diets and "get thin quick schemes" are often very expensive, requiring you to eat their meals, take their supplements and purchase their workout videos. Thankfully, there’s a way for you to safely lose weight that won’t cost you the earth. All it takes is a little bit of common sense that I’m going to share with you today.
We all know that a massive pile of greasy fries with mountains of cheese melted on the top isn’t going to help you lose weight. As lovely as it tastes, that meal alone probably contains more calories, carbs, salt and dairy than you should be consuming in one day. Using a calorie calculator can help you determine what you should be consuming. My Fitness Pal is great at tracking what you eat in more detail.
To clean up this meal a bit, try substituting in sweet potato fries, bake them rather than frying them and use a very minimal amount of cheese or none at all! This meal and most other "naughty" meals have a healthier alternative that won’t make you feel like you’re missing out.
You should also make sure you eat more fruit and vegetables, as they typically provide the nutrients that you need. Fruit also has a natural sweetness that can feel more like a treat or dessert!
Soda, sugary juices or alcohol don't hydrate you and are full of unnecessary calories, sugar and other artificial ingredients. While there's nothing wrong with enjoying a few alcoholic beverages every now and then, but you do need to drink in moderation. Out of all drinks, water is the best thing for your body for staying hydrated. Drinking water can also help curb an appetite and keep you from snacking. Plus, drinking lots of water will also do wonders for your skin.
Listen to what Your Body Wants + Needs
Don’t eat just because it’s a meal time, if you don’t feel hungry then there isn’t any point in eating. We often confuse hunger for thirst too, so a great tip is to drink a pint of water before eating. If you no longer feel hungry then it was just the fact that you needed a drink. It’s also good because water fills you up, so you’re less likely to eat too much.
Another thing to do is to eat slowly, really enjoy the food you’re eating. It takes your stomach a while to inform your brain that you’re no longer hungry. Only eat to the point of satisfaction, because eating until you’re uncomfortably full means you have consumed too much.
It cant take a bit of practice and take awhile for you to get used to these habits, but once you’re able to take them on board you will notice more than weight loss. You'll feel better as well. Keep in mind that this is a marathon, not a sprint. Some people experience a large amount of weight loss in the first few weeks when making a big lifestyle change. If yours is slower than that, don't be defeated! You're making healthier choices that will help you towards your goal.
Remember, this shouldn’t be treated as a diet. This is a lifestyle change because you want to be healthier and keep any weight that you lose off permanently. You can’t go back to your old ways of eating and expect the weight not to pile back on.