If you’ve finally gotten your will power up and you’ve started a diet, you might be wondering why the weight isn’t coming off. Here are some things that might help with weight loss that you may or may not be doing. Long-term weight loss is much more than a few weeks of willpower. Click on the links below for more dieting advice.
- Don’t restrict calories too much. This will mess with your metabolism and make your body hang onto the weight. Your body will try and protect you from starvation.
- Don’t think adding a ton of exercise will take the weight off. People new to dieting and exercise often reward themselves by eating more calories or eating things that are not good for them.
- Do try and walk 30 minutes every day.
- Do some strength training. Squats, wall sits and using hand weights will help build muscle which helps you lose fat.
- Do drink a lot of water. Every cell in your body needs water to function. Water also can boost your metabolism and keep you feeling full.
- Avoid and don’t add salt to your foods. We get enough salt in the processed foods we eat. Salt can make you retain water and make toy feel bloated.
- Eat more fiber. It will make you feel full and help manage cravings. Stock up on fruits and vegetables and make them easy to grab and go.
- Don’t overdo it on the healthy snacks. Foods like nuts are great healthy diet foods but you need to remember they are packed with calories. If your afternoon snack is almonds, eat the recommended portion, not the entire bag.
- Some dietitians recommend eating several small meals however, spacing your meals 4 hours apart might help you lose weight and manage your diet. You should get enough calories in a meal to last you at least 4 hours before you’re hungry again.
- Eat protein at every meal. Protein helps you reduce the hunger hormone. Protein helps you lose weight.
- Drink coffee or black tea and cut out all the sugary drinks.
- Try intermittent fasting. Start your eating at say 10am and be done eating by 5pm.
- Don’t focus how much the number on your scale is telling you. Read this for more info.
All the links above provide more info on each of these 13 tips. Good luck and be healthy!