5 Great Weight Loss Tips

Losing weight and keeping it off is actually a pretty complicated fitness goal and is often difficult to achieve at times.

Many people go on diets that allow them to lose a ridiculous amount of weight in a very short period of time. Also known as “fad diets”, this dangerous approach to weight loss can slow your metabolism, increase your chance of having cardiac arrest, cause damage to your liver and kidneys, and not to mention, when you come off of the diet, you’re simply going to gain all of the weight back!

Fad diets should be avoided and replaced with a more practical, realistic approach to losing weight. So to help you get started, here are 5 great weight loss tips that I’ve personally used to help me lose weight and they can help you do the same:

Weight Loss Tips

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Tip 1: Ditch the Soda

Soda is empty calories. Every time you drink a soda, you’re basically drinking poison. Okay, maybe not that serious, but I hope you get what I’m saying. Every single calorie from soda comes from sugar, which digests incredibly fast and spikes your insulin levels. Insulin is a hormone that stores fat and increases your appetite, so every time you drink a soda you are essentially storing fat. Not to mention, you’re going to be hungry a short time later and what will you most likely reach for? Another soda! It’s a never ending cycle.

But it doesn’t end with soda – anything that is processed and contains simple carbohydrates can cause this rapid rise in blood sugar. So instead of eating things like cookies, candy, cake and ice cream, focus on eating complex carbohydrates – whole grain bread, oatmeal, brown rice, etc. Complex carbohydrates digest slowly and keep your blood sugar levels stable, so you won’t have to worry about the rapid rise in insulin.

Tip 2: Start Small

Instead of drastically changing your diet around over the course of a couple days, allow at least a few weeks for your body to adapt. For example, if you regularly drink 12 sodas each day, then you can’t expect to completely eliminate this soda from your diet in a single day. If you did this, you would quickly experience withdrawal symptoms and you would be right back to where you started. Instead, you need to take things slowly and allow your body to adapt. A great technique I use is the gradual elimination technique. Simply put, if you regularly drink 12 sodas per day, every day for 12 days, you would eliminate one soda from your diet. So the first day you would drink 11 sodas, the next day 10, 9, 8 and so on, all the way down to zero. This is a much better approach at getting yourself to eat healthier than simply taking away all of your junk food at once. Just think of people who are addicted to drugs – they experience the same withdrawals you do when you don’t have your food for the day.

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Tip 3: Write It Down

Keeping a food journal will help you be aware of what you’re eating as well as the amounts. By keeping a food journal, you can judge your progress from your diet and make adaptations to improve your future weight loss success. You can almost think of your weight food journal as a guidebook. In essence, it’s leading you where you need to go.

Tip 4: Have a Healthy Stash

Instead of going to the grocery store and buying a bunch of junk food, stock your pantry high with nothing but healthy food. I know the junk food isle can be tempting at the grocery store, which is why I recommend completely avoiding it. To find all of your healthy foods, simply shop the outside perimeter of the grocery store. By bringing back nothing but healthy foods to your house, you’ll have no choice but to eat them. Just make sure you don’t start making excuses to carry out Chinese or to order a pizza! Make a rule for yourself that you will never do this and that you will always stick to the food that is inside your house.

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Tip 5: Add Movement to the Mix

Although diet is obviously going to be important for weight loss, exercise can definitely help as well. By working out regularly, you are going to burn additional calories and as you probably already know – the more calories you burn, the more you increase your metabolism and the more weight you will lose. It doesn’t matter what exercise you do, just make sure you’re elevating your heart rate for at least 30 minutes 5 times per week.

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I am Atanu Majumdar, owner of the blog obesitytips4u.com. HowToReduceObesity covers articles on various obesity, Weight loss, Fitness, Diet topics. If you like This post, you can follow howtoreduceobesity on Twitter or On Facebook Or On Google PlusI am Atanu Majumdar, owner of the blog healthadvice4life.com. Healthadvice4life covers articles on various Health and wellness topics. If you like This post, you can follow healthadvice4life on Twitter or On Facebook Or On Google Plus

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