Dropping the pounds is one thing, but keeping them off is another. Don’t be discouraged if you just saw the number on your scale just go up. It’s important to remember to stay positive! You really can control your weight.
I know what you’re thinking; all I have to do is exercise… Sorry to break it too you, but that is definitely not true. Yes, exercising is very important for weight loss, but exercise alone is not enough.
So start by getting some sleep, According to WebMD, “sleep is like nutrition for the brain. Most people need between 7 and 9 hours each night. Get less than that, and your body will react in ways that lead even the most determined dieter straight to Ben & Jerry’s.”
This culture is full of oversized portions and delicious desserts. Don’t let that discourage you; don’t let society get the best of you! If you are determined, you really can Drop the Pounds and Keep Them Off. Just remember, don’t give up on yourself!
1. Set Goals
It’s important to have a plan when beginning your workout routine. Setting goals is the first step towards your plan. How much weight are you trying to lose? Are you trying to build muscle? There are many things to think about when it comes to setting goals. Most importantly, make sure your goals are realistic. Setting realistic goals promote a more positive attitude. Unrealistic goals may get you down and damper your mood; this is because you may feel like you’re not reaching them fast enough.
2. Eat Breakfast
Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day. That being said, start your day off with a healthy breakfast, give yourself the nutrients needed and the energy to start your day. Eating breakfast is proven to improve concentration, give you energy, help with weight loss and boost your metabolism.
3. Start Your Meal With a Salad
Starting your meals off with a salad is a great way to keep off that unwanted weight. How? Well, a healthy salad is good for you, one that has oil based dressing, mixed with fruits, veggies and nuts. Eating this before your meal will in turn cause you to eat less food when your actual meal comes; this resulting in fewer calories consumed.
4. Salad Dressing on the Side
Your salad dressing can literally contain more calories than your entire salad! It is proven, when salad dressing is on the side one will eat less dressing, resulting in less calories and fat consumed.
5. Eat Nuts
Nuts are actually proven to help keep you full. Try almonds, according to Womens Day, “almonds contain the most fiber per serving, which can keep you fuller, longer.”
6. Stand up Throughout the Day
According to Health.com, “The average person burns 100 calories per hour sitting and 140 per hour standing. Get on your feet 2 hours a day while you work, and you could drop an extra 6 pounds over the year.”