Going on a diet is a personal thing and sometimes people are to embarrassed to ask for advice on the subject. A qualified physician can give you helpful tips and good advice about eating well and exercising regularly.
Everyone loves french fries! The siren call of french fries has derailed many diets. If you crave the tastes of french fries, bake them instead of frying them. Slice some potatoes into fries about 1/2″ wide, then put them in a bowl with a tablespoon of oil. Add salt and pepper (and optionally, rosemary), then put them in the oven and bake them at 400 degrees. Loosen using a spatula and then bake for about 10 minutes longer. They are great with ketchup and have lower fat content, so you won’t miss the deep-fried ones. This Laurel’s Kitchen recipe for French Bakes will change the way you eat fries forever.
You need to watch how many calories you consume in order to lose weight. If you don’t, you may not realize that you are eating far more calories or fat than you are working off. Try to reduce your calorie intake and eat meals in moderation. It can be helpful to write down the foods and calories that you eat at each sitting.
If you are trying to shed a few pounds, pack your lunch. Not only does this give you control over your eating, but it makes budget sense too. Always pack something high in protein and use as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible. Provide yourself with some good snacks so you stay away from vending machine treats.
A partner in a diet can help you more easily control your portion controls. Often we will eat until all of the food is gone when we eat by ourselves.
Consider dropping alcohol from your routine to increase weight loss. Alcoholic drinks are high in calories, and a diet drink or water is much better for you. There are other negative effects from alcohol, such as impaired judgement. This can ruin your motivation and determination in making the proper choices in nutrition.
One easy way to lose weight is to eat leftovers. Plan in advance and cook more the day before so that you can have a meal the next day at work. A chicken salad can become a delicious pita sandwich. This will also help you to fix an easy lunch without a lot of planning.
Try eating meals at the same general time each day. By doing this, you know when it’s time for your next meal, so you won’t be thinking as much about snacking if you know it’s almost mealtime. Try to schedule your snacks. Creating an eating schedule reduces the risk of overeating.
Before you embark on your quest to lose weight, take a picture to use as your ‘before’ picture. Pictures will keep you motivated and allow you to see how far you have progressed. You can show this picture around to others who may be inspired to lose weight as well.
Working with your temptations when you’re trying to work on weight loss can be hard. So if you want to avoid fighting with yourself, you should give into the temptations you have from time to time. If you eat snacks sparingly it can help you from getting discouraged.
Make sure that your work day is full of frequent physical breaks so that your energy level stays high. Even if you are required to sit down a lot, walking breaks can keep your metabolism up.
Your goals are your own and no one can lose the weight for you. Do not worry about how quickly you lose extra weight. Your goal should be to make healthy changes that will last a lifetime.