Follow these healthy weightloss tips to lose pounds and keep them off. There is so much information and misinformation about shedding pounds that it can make your head spin.
After much research and my own trial and error I have come to the conclusion that the best weight loss plan is one that you can stick with. It effectively helps you lose weight at an encouraging rate while building your health. You eat good for you foods that taste good, and enough of it so you feel satisfied. You also establish habits and best practices that support your goal for a trim, fit body long after you reach your target weight.
Shedding pounds this way may take a bit more time than a quick fix plan, but in the long run you will look and feel healthier, age gracefully, and have more energy. You will also feel happier doing it. If you have suffered from deprivation and starvation crabbiness before, you know what I mean!
If you are a menopausal woman, you may have been stunned by how quickly your body changed and began packing on the pounds. I know I was! Getting and staying trim in your older years is definitely more challenging than in younger days.
Lifestyle habits, changing hormones, physical changes, and a slowing metabolism do catch up with you.
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 achieve and maintain your goal.
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're there, request a full thyroid test. Even if your thyroid is on the slow side of normal range, 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 lose pounds due to hormonal imbalances.
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 while stressed interferes with digestion and assimilation. It also makes you want to overeat junk food (which creates body stress) and carbohydrates. If you decide to eat something unhealthy, do so without guilt, which will make it even more toxic in your body. Take a few deep belly breaths before eating to calm your nervous and digestive systems. As a bonus, when you assimilate food better, you have more energy and better health.
Set a goal and have a plan. What is your target weight? What is your target waist? Set realistic, healthy, attainable goals. Look around at diet plans or create your own using the healthy living diet as a guide. Which weightloss tips will you incorporate into your plan? Remember, the best weight loss plan is effective, healthy and stick-withable over the long term.
Accept yourself. Self acceptance is a first step for change. Loving and accepting yourself may sound like odd weightloss tips. 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 temporary 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 or step on the scale, and acknowledge the facts without shooting yourself with daggers of self-contempt, you are ready to embark on your weight loss journey without baggage. Notice how much more self-supportive you feel in a judgment-free zone. When you start your 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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