11 things we all know about weight-loss, BUT never follow!
We've compiled the simplest list of 11 things, that we all know, all advise, but rarely follow ourselves.
Waiting to read another inspirational story or tips and tricks from other friends who have managed to achieve their weight loss?
But have you ever thought that most of the things that have worked for many people to achieve their targets is because of one simple thing, they have started following a routine and followed it consistently! Yes, it's that simple, one needs to follow things that they already know about.
So we've compiled the simplest list of 11 things, that we all know, all advise, but rarely follow ourselves. Follow these consistently to lose weight magically, and they can inspire others too!
1) Never Skip Meals
When losing weight, it is important to maintain an even blood sugar level to prevent hunger. If you skip a meal you are more likely to give in to a craving. And not eating was never a solution to losing weight!
2) Eat Slowly
The more time you take to be conscious of what you eat, that too slowly, the faster you will feel full. If you've ever noticed, people who eat very fast tend to eat more as they lose track.
Macrobiotic practitioners advise chewing each mouthful 30 times as this allows the enzymes in the saliva to start the digestive process.
3) Fill your plate less, go for round 2 if needed
Guilt eating is one major cause. You sometimes feel you can eat more and serve yourself a bigger helping. But many times halfway through you realize that your tummy is full, but to avoid being guilty of wasting food, you over-eat any which ways. Best is to take a smaller serving and go for round two if you still feel hungry.
4) Do not stuff your stomach till its 100% full
Time for a did you know fact. It takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that it is full! Now you know why you need to stop before you 'feel full'.
5) Weigh yourself weekly
Losing weight is not an overnight process, and if it happens overnight, it won't stay for long. So try not to get obsessed about checking your weight daily, IT WILL NOT HELP!
Diligently follow your routine and keep a tab on your weight only once a week.
6) Eat high fiber foods
Forget all the myths and Gym supplement advertisements. High fiber foods are the dieters' friends as complex carbohydrates release energy slowly and keep you full for longer.
Oats or Lentil Pancakes are the best breakfasts that are healthy and keep you full for longer.
7) Have smaller meals at regular intervals
Try to break your meals if you feel hungry often or you crave to eat something. In that way, you will reduce the quantity that you eat each meal, yet keep eating through the day to create an illusion that your cravings have been met.
Figure out the frequency of your meals that works best in your life and stick to it. Regular meals help prevent bingeing.
8) Keep hydrated
Water is one of the most important, yet ignored catalyst while losing weight. But avoid having water while having meals as it hampers the proper digestion. If possible drink about 6 to 8 glasses of water, or other fluids per day.
We can often mistake thirst for hunger so when you suddenly have hunger pangs, try drinking some water and see for 10 minutes. If you still feel hungry, then go for a healthy munch.
No, whether you like it or not, only controlling your diet won't help. Any amount of food that you eat has some amount of energy associated with it and when your body does not consume the energy in terms of an activity, it gets stored. Even walking every day or warm-up exercises in the house will do a favor to your weight-loss targets.
10) Control your Temptation
It is said, that if you can control your food temptation in life, that means you can control any situation in life with your will. If you don't believe, try and see one bad eating habit of yours and control it.
If you are very tempted, try to TASTE and not EAT it.
11) Reduce Alcohol Intake
Alcohol is a source of empty calories and cutting down is an excellent way of increasing weight loss.