It can be hard to lose weight because we sabotage ourselves in thousands of small ways without realizing it. However, if you don’t pressure yourself to lose weight and make weight loss fun and easy, you’ll see the pounds peel off.
Similarly, if you order alcohol while out, order it by the glass. If you have a bottle of wine or a pitcher of beer sitting at your table, it can be tempting to drink more of it than you really need or want. Not only can this cause you to behave inappropriately, but it can also add extra calories. Alcohol has a lot of empty calories; you could easily drink a whole day’s worth of calories if you overdo it. By ordering one glass at a time, you have to think about what you’re doing, and you may not want to spend the money to get a lot.
If you are uncomfortable discussing your loved one’s weight with them, then there are plenty of things you can do to quietly encourage them to become healthier. Writing a letter to your loved one explaining your feelings and offering your support can help to open the door to a discussion, without the awkwardness of having to bring the subject up in conversation. Complementing certain outfits they wear by telling them how slimming it is on them can also send little cues to your loved one that it might be time to lose weight.
Are you thinking about following a weight loss program?
Take the time to do some research and select a healthy one. Your weight loss program should include balanced meals, a sufficient calorie intake, and some exercise. Stay away from programs that require you to get rid of entire food groups or to eat less than what you need. Even though you will lose weight quickly, your body will compensate by storing as much fat as possible and you will not be able to follow this diet for very long.
Read labels carefully and do some research about the foods you usually eat. Certain products are advertised as ‘lite’ or ‘fat-free’ but contain other unhealthy ingredients. You should avoid high fructose corn syrup, trans fat and high levels of sodium. Do not let a commercial make you think a product is healthy until you read the label.
You should be careful about the processed meat, fruit juices, microwave dinners and baking preparations you buy. You should buy organic foods if possible; even though these products are a little more expensive, there are no unhealthy hidden ingredients. Use these tips to make changes to your lifestyle. You will probably have to make a lot of efforts to get rid of your old habits and get used to new things, but remember that it is in your best interest to do so.