For most of us who struggle with our body weight from time to time, these are the top 4 ways to stay in control of your weight and shed excess pounds.
1. Eat Clean
While eating deep fried food, or sweets might taste good and satisfy our craving of the moment, the truth is there is no nutritional value in grease and refined sugar. The most effective way to shed the excess weight you are trying to get rid of is by changing your eating habits. What you eat is the key determiner of your bodies weight, now that might seem obvious sometimes we need to be reminded that we are in direct control of our body. Try keeping a diary of what you are consuming on a daily basis. At the end of the day go through what you put into your body that day and ask yourself, “Did my decisions help me get closer to my goal weight, or did they push me further away?” Holding yourself accountable is the best way to create the habit of eating clean, and bring consciousness to the times that you give into cravings.
2. Cook for Yourself
Eating out can be fun and delicious, but over-doing it can cause us to gain weight without even noticing. When you eat at a restaurant, you are not in control of what goes into your dish, and even if you pick the most healthy thing on the menu, chances are it’s not as healthy as you think. A lot of time there is extra oil, seasoning, and sauces on the food that give it an extraordinary flavor that keeps you wanting more. When you cook for yourself, you know exactly what you are putting into each dish, and you control the portion size. This doesn’t mean your food has to be bland and boring. There are tons of great recipes for mouthwatering food that is nourishing and healthy for your body.
We tend to see people who have slim toned bodies and want that for ourselves too. What we don’t see is the hard work and dedication they put into their exercise plan. While your eating habits help you shed a lot of the excess weight, the bottom layer of fat tends to be the most stubborn. Adding in just 30-45 minutes of exercise 4 times a week can make a huge difference.
Exercise can not only help decrease the last bit of fat but also give you the slender and defined looked that you’re after.
4. Cut out Alcohol & Sugary Drinks
Have you ever heard the phrase, “don’t drink your calories”? It’s a vital tip for anyone who is looking to lose weight. On a scientific level, the only way to lose fat is to have a lower calorie intake than we burn throughout the day. Knowing that we tend to focus on our food calorie intake, and forget all about the calories that are in our drinks. The sugary Frappucino’s you are slurping every morning can have more calories than your breakfast. Cocktails are also a culprit of hidden calories. Cutting out sugary drinks and cocktails can help keep your calorie intake low, so your body can burn your excess fat quicker. Try replacing your sugary drinks with water infused with fruits for a naturally sweet flavor, and take your coffee black or in espresso form.