Healthy Weight Loss

By | November 7, 2013

Obesity is a serious problem and people need to be aware of the risks of being overweight or obese.

Here are some diseases that you are putting yourself at risk of if you are carrying a lot of extra pounds:

1. heart disease
2. stroke
3. diabetes
4. cancer
5. arthritis
6. hypertension


Losing weight helps to prevent and control these diseases. Some of the quick weight loss methods include dietary drinks, foods and pills. Other than that, it is good to rely on a healthy weight loss option which will provide lifetime results.

Here are some tips on how you can lose those unwanted pounds the healthy way:

1.   Do not starve yourself.

You may seem happy and feel that you are losing those unwanted flabs on your belly and thighs by skipping meals. But remember that this would not last long. Your body cannot tolerate having insufficient food to fuel the energy that you use up everyday. If you get used to skipping one or two meals a day, your stored calories will be used up instead of the energy that should have been provided by your meals.

2.  Start your day right.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Hence, you need to have a healthy meal in the morning to jump-start your metabolism.  Your food intake will be used to burn fat all day long.

3.  Eat small, healthy meals frequently.

Five small-serving snacks per day is better than three hearty meals. Eating more frequently, and in small servings, can prevent over-eating. This will also increase your metabolism and make calories burn faster.

4.  Decide on the amount of weight you want to lose.

Keep your goals realistic. Have a mindset that you want to eat healthy to stay healthy for the rest of your life. Once you have decided on a weight loss plan or program, stick to it and make sure that you follow your own set of dieting rules.

5.  Drink lots of water.

Your body needs plenty of water to burn fat and keep your cells hydrated and healthy.

6.  Avoid too much sugar.

Plan your meals around lots of fruits and vegetables, some bread, rice or pasta for that carbo fix that you need, plus lean meat and protein rich-foods. Sweets, sodas and pastries should be once-in-a-while indulgences only.

7.  Watch your fat intake.

Fat is not the culprit to being overweight. You still need this to keep your weight at the proper level. Olive, peanuts and canola oil contain healthy fats. Tuna, salmon and mackerel also have omega-3 fats which is good for the heart.

8.  Exercise.

Leave your car if you are only going a few blocks from home, take the stairs instead of the elevator, jog, cycle or skate. Choose these activities and other home chores if you are too lazy to go to the gym and take exercise classes. Make sure that you do this regularly and you will notice that you are already shedding pounds with these mundane activities.

It does not matter how much weight you plan or need to lose. What is important is that you set realistic goals for yourself. Go slow. If you have already lost 5 or 6 pounds, give yourself a break then try to lose the next 5 pounds.

Eat healthy, drink lots of water, have enough sleep and exercise. This will give you a higher chance of losing weight and improving your health, which would result to a new, healthier you.


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