4 Positive and simple weight-loss and healthy living tips
The decision to lose weight or get healthy is always a good one; but it can result in a lot of frustration and unhappiness if results don’t show themselves as fast as one would desire.
There are so many reasons why people fail in the journey to better health. However, instead of focusing on the negative, let’s consider these four, simple steps to getting long lasting results.
Step One: Real Nutrition vs Fad Diets
The key to being successful when dieting is about a healthy balance of all the food groups – in every meal. One should never cut out entire food groups (carbs, proteins, and so on) in an effort to lose weight. Your body depends on those for the vital nutrients to keep going. And in fact, cutting out essential nutrients will encourage your body to hang on to the fats you are trying to lose in an effort to compensate.
Any diet that promises you extreme amounts of weight loss in a very little amount of time, or with minimal or magical efforts, is likely a fad diet. And it won’t work (at least in the long run). The average person loses roughly two pounds of weight per week when on a regimented weight-loss plan. Being patient and avoiding these miracle diets will help you see more satisfying, long term results. If you’re goal is weight loss you need to remember that the weight you’ve gained didn’t happen rapidly it was through time and it’s going to take some time to reduce your weight through eating whole foods. No pill solely will get you to your results. JUST EAT REAL FOOD!
Step Two: Embrace Cheat Days
Life and weight loss is all about balance and moderation. Everyone has a treat (or two) that they absolutely love; and to give up what you love entirely is a recipe for an unsuccessful long-term diet.
Moreover, depriving yourself of the little things in life can be very discouraging and demotivating. Rather than do this, embracing controlled and moderated cheat days as a method to fast track your weight loss goals by up-regulating your metabolism to burn more fat. Just remember the 80/20 rule when embracing a healthy lifestyle. 80% of consuming healthy nutrition that supports your goals and 20% of foods that you enjoy that help your psychology by keeping you sane.
Step Three: Drink, Drink, Drink … the Right Drinks
Hydration is very important to any work out and exercise plan. It prevents dehydration, and keeps foods moving through the body in a way that promotes a healthy and well-balanced system. But the type of hydration you take in is critical to your weight loss plan. Water is – of course – the best choice. Sugary sodas, juice, alcohol – all contain empty calories and a sugar rush that ends in a loss of energy and excess stored fat.
Step four: Manage Your Stress and Stay Motivated
The final step in any successful diet plan is to manage stress to stay motivated. Stress contributes to depression, and a whole host of other problems; not to mention overeating and a lack of motivation (<–Click to watch how to stay motivated). Managing stress could arguably be the single most important aspect of implementing successful diet plan. By implementing these simple steps, you are sure to find positive results in all your healthy living and weight-loss journey. Keeping it in perspective and managing these things to your health and happiness – that are most important not only for your diet, but your well-being – will benefit you for years to come.
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