Monday, April 13, 2009

Starting A Fat Loss Diet? Check Out These 7 Tips First

Beer Belly

Do you want to lose fat? Have you tried different diets and
failed consistently? If you answered yes to these
questions, you are in good company. There are a lot of
people who have been trying fat loss diets over the years
and have failed. The reason they have not succeeded is that
they used gimmicks and lose-weight-fast diets that do more
damage than good. Here are some sensible things to keep in
mind when you try to lose weight.

1. Why are you overweight? Do you have a problem with
emotional eating? If that's the case you need to teach
yourself to turn to solutions other than food when you have
an emotional difficulty. If you are just not eating right,
learn how to eat well and nutritiously. Check with your
doctor if you suspect a hormonal imbalance. When you find
out what is causing you to gain weight, you can go ahead and
find a solution that will encourage fat loss.

2. Decide that from now on you control your food intake.
Look for a long term healthy diet that will allow you to
live a healthy life. Do not let friends and family pressure
you into eating something you shouldn't eat. Do not let
restaurant menus or food in your fridge influence what you
will be eating. Eat only what you decide you will be eating
in order to attain a healthy lifestyle.

3. Eat every 2-3 hours. The recommendation used to be to
eat 3 big meals. However, today we know that eating
frequently is better for your metabolism. Beware of snack
foods that are high in fat and calories. Instead, choose to
eat healthy snacks and stay away for high-fat processed
treats or sugary sweets.

4. Chew your food well. If you eat slowly and enjoy the
taste of your food, you will get more pleasure out of
eating. You will also end up eating less because it takes
your body some to to register that it is full. If you eat
too fast - you will end up eating more before you realize
that you are full.

5. Don't make major changes in your lifestyle. It is much
easier to follow a fat loss diet when you don't need to make
huge changes in your eating habits. Choose a plan that will
allow you to make small changes, allowing time for yourself
to get used to each change. You should not feel that you
need to starve or eat food that you are not familiar with.

6. Stay away from processed food and eat a balanced diet
Processed foods are high in sugar and fat, and
eating it will make it harder for you to lose weight.
Processed food is also unhealthy and can cause heart disease
and other health problems. Instead, eat a lot of fruit,
vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.

7. Remember to hydrate. Water, unsweetened teas, and other
relatively calorie free beverages that provide good
hydration (diet beverages often have caffeine, which can
reduce their hydrating ability) are a must. You'll feel
fuller, your body will be able to keep itself cleansed, and
the flavor of teas and similar drinks keeps you from having
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