Watch weight loss products that use the words, “guarantees” and “miracles.” You already know there is no miracle cure for weight loss, and the best way to lose the extra weight is to eat better and exercise.
You may actually want to avoid working out if you are trying to lose weight. This is a good tip for people who aren’t into exercising. Do fun activities like taking the dog for a walk, playing football or riding a bike. This is a fun and rewarding way to get your exercise.
Just about everybody loves to munch on french fries. It is important to avoid them if it all possible. If you want to eat fries, try baking the fries. Cut potatoes into 1/2″ fries, toss in a large bowl with 1 tbsp. of oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and a bit of rosemary if you like, and bake in a single layer at 400 degrees for 30 min. Turn it with a spatula and then bake 10 minutes more. You will prefer these over the usual deep-fried version because they are scrumptious with ketchup and they have a lot less calories. This great idea for “French Bakes” came from Laurel’s Kitchen cookbook.
You should not drink as much caffeine. There has been research that shows caffeine may slow down your stored fat burning.
Many people make dinner the largest meal of the day; a better option is to focus on eating a large lunch and a more modest supper. If you usually eat a sandwich at lunchtime, try eating it at dinner instead. You calorie-burning mechanisms are fired up during daytime and slow down at night, so it is wiser to eat much more during daylight hours.
If you are trying to shed some pounds, don’t let the embarrassment of leaving a half full plate deter you. Kids are often told to finish everything on their plate and this can usually mess them up later in life in terms of weight issues. You should not feel bad about getting a doggy bag to take the remainder of your meal home. Just because you still have food on your plate does not mean you should eat every last bit of it. It’s important to listen to your body and understand when it’s full.
Yogurt is a great snack to have when trying to lose weight. Choose low fat yogurts or plain yogurt. Use yogurt to prepare salads and desserts. Plain yogurt tastes great with a few berries, nuts or even a teaspoon full of honey. Another benefit of yogurt is calcium, which helps to build strong bones.
If you are a highly social person, consider involving another person in your weight loss program. If you have no one to workout with, there are multiple groups and online forums for people that need support. The internet may even lead you to finding an actual group that you can attend in your area.