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Weight Loss Plans - Eating and Exercising Tips

Aug 17, 2007
If you have ever tried dieting, then you know that many weight loss plans can be very difficult to follow. However, it doesn't have to be that way. If you are trying hard to shed some pounds, one of the best things you can do is to find a weight loss plan that is simple and tailor it to your personal likings. Let's look at how.

There are so many diets available today you could spend endless hours trying to find the right one for you. Why not keep it simple? If you find it hard to navigate out of your normal eating patterns, then you can follow some tips to help you manage your consumption a little better. Some general rules of thumb can help you on your way to a weight loss journey.

First off, pay attention to what and how you eat. It's a great idea to start the day with a breakfast. Starving yourself early in the day will only result in overeating later on. It is also a good idea to eat smaller more frequent meals. This will prevent the feeling of hunger and overindulgence. Also try to never eat before bedtime, since you will be idle and your metabolic rate will be low. Brush your teeth early in the evening to deter nighttime snacking. You won't want to dirty your teeth and have to brush them again. Also, eat slowly. By eating fast, we don't give our bodies enough time to let us know when we are full. Slower eating will allow us to have the feeling of fullness and we will know when to stop eating. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Water will make you feel full and you will resist snacking.

In addition, by eliminating soda and replacing it with water, you are eliminating many calories. Eat your vegetables before your main course. You will load your tummy up with nutritious low calorie foods before the more caloric main course. When eating out, portion half your meal to take home as a leftover for the next day. Don't plan to finish your whole plate. At home, put your temptations out of direct reach. If you can't get to them easily, you may not reach for them at all. Reduce your sugar intake as well as breads, chips, crackers and salty snacks. These will reduce your calorie consumption in a given day.

There are also exercise tips for those of us who don't have time or money to join a gym. If you're not much of an exercise person, you can add some to your everyday life without a regimen. Moderate intensity activity can easily be attained daily. For example, use the stairs instead of an elevator. Don't pick the closest parking spot to a building. Instead, park your car farther away and enjoy the walk. Instead of reading the paper, play with your kids. Mow the lawn or rake the leaves. After supper, take a walk around the block. If you have a sit down job, take a break and get up and stretch. These are simple ways to get your metabolism moving.

We work hard enough dealing with our stressful everyday lives. Dieting and exercising can be simplified and more easily added to our regimen. If you don't have the time or endurance to follow a diet plan and exercise program, try these simple tips and strategies and take off those extra pounds in a more non-stressful way.
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