Are there any weight loss secrets that will enable us to experience the best possible results?
Is there such a thing? Lets look at some advice given by those who have successfully managed to lose weight.
#1: Being healthy is more important
When people make the decision to lose weight they are often not concerned with their health but rather how they appear.
This can lead to drastic decisions being made that could damage your overall health.
For example fad diets that involve drastic calorie cuts or whole food groups being banned, these are not good for your health.
If you focus more on becoming healthy, then weight loss can be a bonus of this.
#2: Slow is best
You did not gain weight overnight so you cannot expect to lose the weight overnight either.
Weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint, so don’t resort to dangerous methods that promise quick results.
Even if you lose the weight quickly, chances are these results will be short-lived and unsustainable, so any lost weight will quickly return once you start eating a more normal diet again.
#3: Start your day with tea
And not just any tea either, Green Tea is a good option as it contains various polyphenols, such as the antioxidant Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) that offers various health and metabolism boosting benefits.
A standard cup of tea with milk and sugar is best avoided if weight loss is your goal. Simple food and drink swaps can save vital calories from your diet that will soon add up to superb results.
#4: Try something wild
Protein is important for weight loss for a few reasons, it is slow to digest for a start so will help to keep you feeling fuller for longer.
It also releases its energy slowly so you do not experience those blood sugar highs associated with other food types, this means that you will experience fewer cravings as you will not suffer a blood sugar crash.
Protein is also important for building and maintaining muscle mass, which is important for your metabolic rate.
Of course chicken and turkey are good lean sources of protein, they can sometimes be a bit bland.
Unfortunately beef and pork can sometimes be high in fat and cholesterol, so perhaps you could try something a little different.
For example you could try some ostrich, bison or venison as an alternative. They are all high in protein, but are lower in fat and those all-important calories.
#5: Skip the soft drinks
It may come as no surprise to you to learn that soft drinks may not be the best choice of drink for anyone looking to lose weight.
Soft drinks are full of sugar and ‘empty calories’ as they offer no nutritional benefit.
Even those made from artificial sweeteners that are zero calorie are not going to help with your weight loss efforts as they have been shown to promote cravings for sweet things.
I would suggest that you skip the soft drinks and swap it for water instead. Water contains zero calories and has been proven to help with weight loss as it can help to reduce your appetite.
#6: Take your time
If you rush your food then chances are you are going to be overeating.
The fact is that it takes around 20 minutes for your brain to receive the signal from your stomach that it is full. During which time you may have consumed a lot more than you needed to.
A simple way to slow down your eating time is to simply make sure you chew your food thoroughly before swallowing.
#7: Shop around
When you visit the supermarket have you noticed that the essentials (bread, milk and eggs) are right at the back? This is intentional as you then have to pass by the other aisles full of tempting junk food.
If you try to shop around the edges of the supermarket, with only the occasional visit to the inner aisles then you will be less tempted.
Also, make sure never to go shopping while hungry, you will be even less able to resist the junk.
#8: Ignore low-fat and low-carb diets
The truth is that our bodies need both fat and carbs to function properly, so cutting them from your diet is not advised.
What I would suggest though is to choose healthy fats and carbs instead.
#8: Watch the dressings
You may think that you are ordering a healthy salad, but once you add the dressing, the mayonnaise etc then this healthy salad is not so healthy anymore.
Remember these dressings often contain added sugar, which equals extra calories.
#9: Add those spices
When making meals, there are some natural spices that can help with your weight loss efforts.
For example turmeric, the bright yellow spice used to make Indian curry powder contains curcumin that offers numerous health benefits including the ability to reduce inflammation and fight cancer, or chilli peppers that contain capsaicin that can boost your metabolism.
#10: Take a morning stroll
Not only will you be burning calories during the walk, bit the early morning sunlight can also help to synchronise your metabolism and undercut your fat genes.
#11: Pre-prepare your meals
Nowadays we are all so busy that eating healthy sometimes feels impossible.
What I would suggest would be to pre-prepare some meals at the start of the week and then freeze them so that when time is short you can simply eat them without the preparation time.
This is a much better option than buying out all the time, or buying a ready meal full of added salt, sugar and others nasties.
#12: Put away the technology
We all do it, we have a smart phone or tablet and we are on it all day long, communicating on the various social networking sites.
The problem is that these are a distraction that can lead to you overeating at mealtimes, plus they can negatively affect your sleep too.
I would suggest that you put the technology to one side while eating, and simply concentrate on the food in front of you. You should also switch the phone and tablet off in the bedroom, or better still leave them in another room.
Your body will thank you for making these simple changes.