Mounting medical costs have created a strong desire for people to improve their eating and lose weight. It can often be difficult to know where to start when it comes to weight loss and all seem overwhelming. If you are starting a weight loss programme ,it is important to see your doctor first to make sure your health is ok and they may also offer some weight loss advice. Eating a healthier diet and regular exercise are proven to help shift weight but what other ways are there out there to help shift those extra pounds? Below are some suggestions on how to get started on your weight loss journey:
Ten Effective Ways of Losing Weight quickly and effectively
1. Juice Diet–
The juice diet is considered a quick-way to lose weight over a short period of time by limiting your intake to raw vegetables, fruit juice and water. This diet is considered a good source of vitamins and antioxidants. There are various juice diets and detox plans out there and they are very popular with celebrities who need to lose a few pounds quickly or perhaps want to detox to feel healthier.
Do you have arthritic knees but still need to work out? Swimming is considered great for the cardiovascular system as well. There are several ways to exercise with swimming including swimming for a set amount of time or adding water aerobic exercises to the routine. A three times a week minimum schedule should be adhered to for swimming to be effective for weight loss. This is a great way of exercising the whole bogy gently without muscle or joint pain or damage.
3. Fun exercise–
Dancing, , kickboxing, cycling are all great forms of exercise that can improve your weight loss. The key consideration is that it is an activity you like so that you will do it more often. Adopt the concept exercise for pleasure as opposed to punishment. If you like dancing, turn up the sound and have fun dancing for twenty minutes a few times a week. Join a cycling group so you can socialise and get fit or perhaps get your friends involved as well.
4. Slimming drink replacement–
Using drinks that are high in protein and low in carbohydrates for some of your meals can help weight loss. There are many brands available and they also contain lots of vitamins so that you are reducing calorie intake but are not missing out on essential vitamins and minerals. Replacing two meals a day with a slimming drink can take the weight off quickly. But remember that as soon as you stop having meal replacement drinks weight will pile back on unless you keep up a healthy lifestyle and diet.
Though more expensive and dramatic than other methods of weight loss, liposuction does improve aesthetic looks of the patient which is often the springboard for changing eating habits and improving exercise. Looking good helps make you feel better after all. Cosmetic surgery is often considered as a last ditch attempt as weight loss such as a gastric band or for those who merely want to lose smaller pockets of fat. There is also a less evasive form of liposuction which uses a laser to turn fat cells into liquid which is then drained out of the body through massage and small insertions. Cosmetic surgery is not for everyone but some use this as a way of losing weight.
6. Limiting sugar and other simple carbohydrates–
Carbohydrates convert to sugar that can cause cravings for sweets and other carbohydrates that can lead to overeating and weight gain. The body reaches for the stored fat for fuel and helps weight loss. The worst offenders are things like white bread which is full of sugar, chips, cakes and all the other sugar laden simple carbohydrates. Try to cut out these kinds of carbs and focus on complex carbohydrates and protein to aid weight loss.
7. Substitution method–
Substituting lower fat for high calorie food is another good way to lose weight. Replacing spaghetti squash for spaghetti noodles cuts the calorie and carbohydrate count of spaghetti dinner down significantly. Substituting friend chips for baked chips allows dieters an alternative when they feel like having a snack and helps to cut calories as well. Another great idea is using lettuce leaves for bread and put filling in between two lettuce leaves.
Increasing your water intake improves weight loss. Not only does it help flush toxins out of your body but it also can make you have a fuller feeling while eating. Often we think we are hungry when actually the body is dehydrated. The next time that you feel flutters of hunger pains, try having a glass of water instead and see how you feel.
9. Favourite foods–
Do not deny yourself all your favourite foods. By denying yourself your favourite foods you create an emotional mindset of punishment which is not conducive to long term effective weight loss. Allow yourself some of your favourite high calorie foods but eat smaller amounts or use a low calorie version of the food. If a recipe calls for whole milk try substituting lower fat milk. Perhaps have one day of the week where you can indulge in as many treats as you like so that you feel happy and that you are not missing your favourite foods. If you love pizza, try making your own healthy pizza using pitta bread as the base, use low-fat cheese and fill up with lean meat or vegetables for a yummy alternative.
10. Weight loss groups–
Facing the ominous weekly weigh in can motivate people to stay on track for weight loss. Weight watchers offer group support as well as a treasure trove of recipes to help in the weight loss journey. There are also other slimming groups like slimming world and many others which use points systems or colour coded food groups. Feeling like you are part of a team can motivate and help you with weight loss. Making friendships will help because you can support each and give each other hints and tips on losing weight.
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