Develop a habit of chewing all food, including liquid foods and soft foods like sweets, ice creams at least 8 to 12 times. This adds saliva to the food and it is only in the saliva that sugar is digested. We cannot stress enough the importance of giving saliva time to act on the food for proper digestion.
Go for dry wine instead of sweet wine. Sweet wines naturally contain a lot of sugar. In dry wines most of the sugar has been fermented away which makes them a better choice when trying to lose weight.
Ease into working out slowly and don’t get discouraged if you don’t achieve your fitness goals after one week. This is a common ‘road block’ for many people. Even if you really push your body to the limit, you cannot lose any significant amount of weight after a couple of work outs. On the contrary, if you push your body too much in the first few tries, you are likely to end up with sprained joints, a sore back and you’ll quickly lose all enthusiasm for working out. Remember the story of the rabbit and the turtle – slow and steady wins the race.
Keep measuring your weight. Check your weight before you start your weight loss journey and note changes on weekly basis. Don’t expect a radical change immediately – it might be several weeks before you notice more significant changes. However, it is crucial that you continue to monitor your weight. Bear in mind that even a few pounds lost is a big achievement that should spur you forward.
When you do notice a change, reward yourself. By reward we do not mean go and grab chocolates or sweets. Maybe you could go for a movie or buy yourself something you’ve had your eye on, or a simple trinket. This is something that can keep you going. It is a good idea to save the money that you wanted to spend on ice cream or chocolates and then treat yourself to something more substantial.
Take 2 days off from exercise every week. This is not just a very good idea but it is part of the exercise routine. Your body needs rest from exercise to help you recover and build your muscles.
Exercise outdoors whenever possible. There are two advantages of working out outside. One advantage is that it gives your body a chance to get some fresh air and sunshine. The second advantage is that the surroundings keep you perked up and make your routine more interesting and inviting.
Inform yourself about fitness and exercising, there are a lot of things that you can do outside of the gym. You can try browsing the net or getting a book or two on how to exercise at home. This information will be useful to you to know how much you need to work out on each specific exercise in order to burn off the desired number of calories.
Find a partner for working out. Ideally, it should be somebody committed and supporting that will keep your interest alive. A committed partner will keep you going, even during those days when you just feel too lazy to crawl out of bed. On such days, just the knowledge that someone is waiting for you is enough to get you out of bed. Moreover, you can discuss your progress with your partner and feed of each other motivation.
Feel free to stop when your body has had enough. There is no sense in pushing it – you are not doing bodybuilding, just trying to live in a healthier way. After working out for a time, your body will start giving you signals. Take one step at a time. Stop when you are out of breath or when a certain part of your body tells you that it has had enough.
Increase your workout routine gradually. Start with a few exercises and introduce a new one only after you master the existing ones. Start with 15-20 minutes and gradually work your way from that point.
Select a workout that suits your lifestyle. Find an exercise routine that is suitable for you. Remember that even more important than the workout is sticking to it. Unless you choose something that suits your lifestyle, you’ll have difficulty sticking to it. Bodybuilding, yoga, Zumba, running, swimming, fit ball, CrossFit, etc. – take your pick.
Don’t lie down, sit. If you do not plan on sleeping and you can help it, try sitting instead of lying down. The golden rule is to choose a position that is less comfortable.
Don’t sit, stand. If you can stand, do not sit. The rule that we mentioned above rings true here as well. We don’t mean that you should be on your feet the whole day, but select a part of the day (mornings, afternoons or evenings) when you can be active instead of passive.
Don’t stand, walk. If you can walk about then do so. Whenever possible try moving instead of standing in a fixed position. If you are deep in thought pacing about does not only burn calories, but can also aid you in your thinking.
Do not be a couch potato. If you have such inclinations, break the habit. Some people have reported success by taking away their favorite chair. Keeping a chair that isn’t too comfortable in front of the TV will discourage any tendency to become a couch potato.
If you have a sitting job, stand up and stretch yourself every 30 minutes. If you sit and punch away at the keyboard or toy with the mouse all day long, make it a point to get up at least every half an hour and stretch. If standing is not an option, you can even stretch while sitting on your chair.
While making telephone calls try walking about. Again, it’s all about staying active and burning calories.
Use the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible. There may be no sense in trudging up some twenty flights of stairs and by the time you get there you find yourself totally pooped. But while coming down, why not taking the stairs instead of using the elevator? Coming down is not exhausting and it doesn’t take much more time than using the elevator.
Smoking is a NO for weight loss. Smoking as such may not contribute to weight loss but it leads to other conditions like erratic eating habits and excessive dependence on coffee or other substances.
If you hate running, remember, you do not have to run a marathon. 10-15 minutes of cardio each day is good enough for most people.
And if you can’t run, try walking. 15-20 minutes of brisk walking every day is enough to keep most fit.
Any distance is walkable if you have the time, so consider walking to places that you would normally drive. It may take you longer, but the health benefits will last you a lifetime.
Avoid drinking coffee excessively. While a cup of coffee per day is beneficial when trying to lose weight, drinking it excessively (more than 3 cups per day) tends to desensitize your body to the fat burning effects of caffeine.
Stop using remote controls. It may be a controversial tip, but remote controls are the bane of a prospective weight loser. If you can live without remote controls, and admittedly not many can, it’s a great way to shred extra pounds. Getting up from where you are to change the channel of the TV each time you want to do so is annoying but rewarding. The same thing holds true for DVD players, A/Cs, garage doors, gateways and what not.
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