There are a number of reasons why any given person may want to lose weight. Perhaps they found an old picture of their previous self and desire to get back to that look. Maybe it’s just the opposite and they’ve seen a recent picture of themselves and don’t like the image it portrays. It could be a loved one has recently passed away from a weight-related disease and they desire to make lifestyle changes to avoid the same fate. Or, it could be a recent diabetes diagnosis that drives them to look up weight loss diets or buy the South Beach products in the store. Whatever the reason, and truly, whatever the diet, there are a couple of tips to help anyone with their weight loss aspirations.
If you’re moving, you’re not eating! But, exercise also helps boost the metabolism, burning off calories and fat at a faster rate. Furthermore, if you’re lifting weights or building muscle, you’ll find that muscle burns more calories at a resting rate than does fat. So, it all works out for the best. Don’t jump in with both feet from day one, instead, working up your exercise from a slow start. Get out for a walk, each day going one mailbox further or five minutes longer. Go swimming, not just floating in the shallow end, but put in some laps. If one lap is all you can do today, that’s all right. Do 1.5 tomorrow, and so on.
EAT ALL THREE MEALS
While it may seem like a good idea to skip a meal and get a head start on your diet, it’s not such a great plan. Work all three of your meals into the day whenever possible. However, eating late night meals typically result in a higher number on the scale the next morning. So, when possible, plan your last meal of the day as early as possible.
STAY THE COURSE
The average person should not be losing more than 1.5-2 pounds a week, so don’t discouraged when you don’t see the scale moving as fast as you might think it should This is not a race to the fast and furious, but the one who stays the course and doesn’t go back to their old eating habits.