Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Easy Tips to Lose One Pound a Week
I've been thinking a lot about how it is important to lose just a pound or two a week when dieting, because losing slowly is the best way to keep the weight off and can create some life long habits that make it easier to maintain your target weight and to feel better for the rest of your life. Good nutritional habits are not something that ever came naturally to me - so I've had to spend a lot of years just convincing myself how important it is. I agree with others here, donuts and all the things we eat occasionally are fine - it's the things we eat every day that are so important.
I looked for a sight to give me some ideas for this post, and this is the first one that came up (and it's exactly what I was looking for).
Easy Tips to Lose One Pound a Week: "You must burn 3500 calories to lose a pound. That sounds like a lot of calories. But if you break it down in seven days - one week - that is only 500 less calories each day. If you add exercise you can cut your calorie intake by 300 calories and burn off 200 calories. Cutting out 500 calories (or less) per day from your diet can be as simple as trading in your regular soda for diet soda, downsizing each meal by one-fourth, or cutting out unnecessary foods such as candy bars or alcoholic beverages. One candy bar can have 260 calories in it! If you eliminate that every day you are half-way there."
While you are decreasing your calorie intake, make sure you are including a variety of foods to maintain the nutrients your body needs to function properly. Choose foods from all five food groups, limiting high fat or high sugar foods. A balanced diet should include:
* One source of lean meat or protein rich food
* One serving of complex carbohydrates
* Two-three servings of vegetables and fruit at each meal
* One serving each of dairy and whole grains
Eat five smaller meals and healthy snacks each day instead of the traditional three, you are less likely to overeat this way and will maintain your energy level. And don't feel you have to completely cut out fats. A little fat is important to help your muscles burn energy. If you eat no fat at all, your fat reserves will be slow in giving up what is stored in your body. That result is slower weight loss."
So, how do you find ways to cut out calories without starving? Here are some tips: http://www.weight-loss-diet-help.com/tips/easy-tips.html
..... this site goes on to talk about exercise, calories and everything else regarding weight control and good health - and it's simplified and organized, with lots of links to go to also. An excellent source of information on making small changes easy.
Posted by Chloe at 7:13 AM