Weight Loss Tips

Weight Loss Tips

Weight Loss Tips Continued...

#6 - Add Variety

Make sure your healthy eating plan has a variety of different foods.  For each food group, try to add some variety.

Of course if you are a vegetarian or cannot have certain foods, then make sure to get your full nutritional needs in other foods.

For your veggies, add dark green and orange veggies.

Try some starchy vegetables and even add dry beans and peas.
  
You can add variety in your fruits as well, getting citrus fruits such as grapefruit and oranges and apples and pears which are low calorie, high fiber fruits.  

Adding variety and changing things up a bit may be just the ticket to getting past weight loss plateaus.

#7 - Avoid Late Night Snacking

You’ve probably heard that you should not eat at least 2 - 3 hours before bedtime. But the question is whether this falls into the weight loss myths category or weight loss tips category.

Some of the research I’ve found will tell you this is a myth.

After all a calorie is a calorie regardless of what time of day you eat it (see WebMd's weight loss myths for more on this).

Other sites, like on Oprah.com, will tell you not to eat anything at least 2 hours prior to bedtime.  

Honestly I am not sure which of these are correct. What I do know from experience is, that if you deny yourself during the day by eating too few calories, you will be hungry and have late night cravings.  

If you are hungry, then go ahead and eat something sensible as this will help you get a good night's rest.

Want to read some more weight loss and diet myths?  Click here to see more myths.

#8 - Indulge (moderately)

Chocolate cake anyone? You’re probably thinking, she’s nuts!, you can’t eat chocolate on a diet!

In fact you can – in moderation! You want to make sure your calorie intake for weight loss is less than the calories you burn.

Remember you are burning calories all the time, even while sleeping, so it doesn't mean you have to run a marathon to work off that extra treat.

Just make sure you are aware of the calories you have for the day and the exercises you have done. This way you will know if it's okay to have that sweet snack.

If you continue to deny yourself a treat once in awhile, you run the risk of eating the whole cake, instead of just a small slice.

So, morale of the story is; you really can have your cake and eat it too.

#9 - Dine In

Eat at home as much as possible.

At home you can control your meal plan and your portions.

But, with the busy lifestyle many of us have, eating out is a must once in awhile.

When you do eat out, order from the children’s menu which offers smaller portions.

Start with a salad as you want to get those veggies in with every meal.

If it’s a fast food restaurant, look the menu over carefully.

Many fast food chains have now added some healthier choices like yogurts, fruits, etc. - and skip the fries!

#10 - Drink Water

drinking waterAll weight loss tips I have ever read include this one tip.  

Water is one of the best things you can add to your weight loss plan. 

There have been very few scientific studies done on why water helps with weight loss.

However, experts do admit that people who include 8 to 10 glasses of water a day tend to lose more weight than those who do not drink water.

Losing weight is just one of the many benefits of water.


Check out this article on water and weight loss for more information.





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