|Eat Less Later in the Day
Everyone knows reducing calories will help you to lose weight.
However, just as you should reduce the calorie intake, you need to
know when to eat. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day
and the one meal that should not be missed. It provides energy for
the long day ahead and will help reduce cravings for that unhealthy
midmorning snack we are all tempted by. Lunch should be healthy,
with proteins and whole grains, and typically less than what you ate
for breakfast. At dinner, eat healthy but light. Avoid after dinner
snacks or eating before bed.
Drink more Water
Water is excellent for the body and good health. Water helps flush
out toxins lingering in the body. Water also replenishes fluids that
help lubricate the internal organs and tissues of the body. While it
keeps you hydrated, it fills your stomach, and reduces hunger, which
helps with weight loss. Good consistent hydration helps to make skin
look smooth and young. If you are not used to drinking water, it may
seem hard at first, but very quickly, you will enjoy the clean,
refreshed way it makes you feel. At a minimum, you should drink
64-ounces (8 glasses) a day and more if you can. Keep a water bottle
or big glass around to remind you.
As a way of reducing blood pressure, which is bad on the heart,
reduce the amount of sodium (salt) you intake. You may be thinking
of table salt but you should know that many canned vegetables,
soups, even soda, are very high in sodium. Look at your labels and
try to cut back on processed foods. If you have a craving for salt,
switch to natural seasoning and just a little salt.
Many of today's diets pull you back and forth, one telling you to
eat more protein, and one less. The fact is that if you are not
exercising as much as you used to or if you are exercising heavily,
your body could in fact need more protein than the recommended daily
allowance. The good balance for either scenario is 50% to 60%
carbohydrates, 20% to 25% protein and 20% or less of fat. If you
stick with this equation, you will benefit.
Good Foods for Quick Energy
Listen to your body. If you find that you are dragging, eat foods
that will give your body the energy needed and are healthy. Examples
of these foods include carrots, rice cakes, breakfast cereals,
bananas, and potatoes. Other foods such as all roasted nuts, 100%
natural peanut butter, honey and whole grain breads also help
provide quick but lasting energy
Throw out the Scales
If you have bathroom scales, you should either get rid of them or
put them away for a while. Weight does not accurately reflect the
level of your fitness. If you should be measuring anything, it
should be body fat, not weight.