There are so many weightloss tips around that trying to follow them all can make your head spin. With so much information and misinformation out there, it is difficult to know how to best go about shedding your unwanted pounds.
After much research and my own trial and error, I have come to the conclusion that the best weight loss plan is the one that you can stick with. On an ideal plan, you effectively lose pounds at an encouraging rate while building your health. You eat good for you tasty foods, and enough of it so you feel satisfied. You also establish habits and best practices that support your goal for a fit trim body long after you reach your target weight.
Some of these weightloss tips have nothing to do with food or exercise. They may take a bit more time and commitment than a quick fix plan. In the long run you will look and feel healthier and happier and have more energy. If you have deprived yourself and suffered starvation crabbiness before, you know what I mean!
If you are a menopausal woman, you may be stunned by how quickly your body changed and began packing on pounds. I know I was! Lifestyle habits, hormone changes, and a slowing metabolism catch up with you. Getting and staying trim is challenging!
Know that there are effective ways to manage your weight regardless of your age. As you emphasize sensible healthy eating and living habits, you are much more likely to naturally lose pounds and maintain a realistic goal weight.
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Here are some healthy weightloss tips to help you do just that.
Visit your doctor. Get the green light and your doctor's advice before choosing the best weight loss plan for you.
While you are there, request a full thyroid test. Even if your thyroid is just on the slow side of normal, it makes gaining extra pounds is a lot easier than losing them.
If you suffer from bloating, water retention, low energy, or gas after eating certain foods, ask for food sensitivity testing. Another test can determine if you are a candidate for bio-identical hormone therapy. Tiny doses of these hormones can help you quickly lose pounds gained because of hormonal imbalances.
Rule out food sensitivites. If medical testing is not for you, ferret out food sensitivites on your own by following an elimination diet. For three weeks totallly eliminate all foods containing: gluten, soy, eggs, dairy, peanuts, corn, sugar and chemical sweeteners. Meals containing less than five grams of added sugar are probably okay. Stevia, xylitol and erythritol are acceptable sweeteners. Read labels carefully and learn the sneaky names for these ingredients. Be suspect of natural flavors, textured vegetable protein, words ending in -ose, and casein to name a few.
An elimination diet may feel torturous for a the first few days as you battle cravings and ingrained eating habits. Be sure to eat plenty of high fiber whole foods, healthy fats, and lean protein in their place. Do not under eat. You may risk giving in to temptation. Take a high quality probiotic supplement containing bifido and lacto species to help heal your gut at the same time.
Why is this so important? Problematic foods can waylay your best efforts no matter how faithfully you follow the weightloss tips. Food sensitivities set up a vicious cycle of craving and inflammation that make you pile on the pounds along with health harming belly fat.
Within three weeks of getting the offending food(s) out of your system, you are likely to lose several pounds and feel better as your body heals.
Waist is more important than weight. Your waist measurement indicates the amount of abdominal fat you are carrying. This is more damaging to your health than other fat because the fat is around your organs. Abdominal fat is linked with inflammation and insulin resistance, two saboteurs of healthy weight loss. It is suggested that your waist measurement should be no more than half your height in inches.
Keep stress at bay. Eating when stressed interferes with digestion and assimilation. It also makes you want to overeat carbohydrates and junk food (which creates physical stress).
When you are upset, fearful or worried, you are more likely to chuck your new healthy eating habits for your favorite comfort foods. A little of this emotional stress eating will not derail your diet, but if it happens regularly, you will find yourself right back where you started or worse. Should you choose to eat something fattening and unhealthy, do so without guilt. Guilt will make it even more toxic in your body.
Always take a few deep belly breaths before eating to calm your nervous and digestive systems. As a bonus, you may eat less and assimilate your food better, which promotes more energy and better health.
Accept yourself. Practicing self acceptance is a priority weightloss tip. Hating yourself for gaining weight or how you look creates an undercurrent of stress and self-loathing that will eventually undermine your efforts. It may provide a temporary burst of motivation, but in the long run you are likely to resort to old behaviors. Why should your mind and body partner with you for change if you despise them and hurl insults at them? Are your thighs to blame because they are heavy?
When you can look in the mirror, step on the scale and acknowledge factually and non-judgmentally your weight and how your body looks and feels, you are ready to begin. Notice how much more self-supportive you feel in a judgment-free zone. When you embark on your weight loss journey from a space of love and acceptance, your mind and body will work for you instead of against you. Lose pounds because you love yourself so much that you want to give yourself the best self care you can. Do it because you believe you deserve to look great and feel great.
Avoid obesogens. Obesogens are chemicals and natural substances that cause weight gain and other health problems. Soft plastic is a major offender. It is almost impossible to completely avoid these products, but you can limit them by choosing naturally raised foods, using non-toxic cleaning products and glass or fabric instead of plastics.
Set a goal and have a plan. What is your target weight? What is your target waist? Set realistic, healthy, attainable short and long term goals. Choose the best weight loss plan for you or create your own using the healthy living diet as a guide. Remember, the best weightloss tips for you are the ones that are effective, healthy and stick-withable over the long term.
Get support. Healthy weightloss tips are not always easy to follow. It can be challenging to stick with a new eating and exercise plan. Having a good support system can make all the difference. If you are struggling on your own, seek the help of a diet counselor, wellness coach, weight loss support group or a friend. Even better, recruit reliable friends and family members and do it together.
Another form of support you may want to try is hypnosis. An expert hypnotherapist knows how to use words in a way that implants suggestions in your subconscious mind. These suggestions can help you overcome emotional eating and resistance, as well as create new habits for healthy weight loss and maintenance.