Should you weigh yourself often?
I say yes, it really helps.
I do weekly I don’t like to watch daily since our bodies fluctuate too much especially for us females because that water weight does shift. Research states people who succeed at losing weight and keeping it off, weigh themselves often. Stepping on that scale is a friendly reminder of staying aware.
Which fats should you avoid or cut back on to help You start losing weight?
Not eating any fats is not a good idea, besides fat can help you feel full after eating your meal but which fat and how much of it do our bodies need. We do need fat for function, less than 10% of your calories should come from saturated fats say government dietary guidelines. Replace butter and processed foods with more, healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, like olive oil, cold water fish, tofu, avocado and nuts but not too many.
Drinking water, especially before meals help tremendously, we have all heard by now how it helps to making you feel full. Studies found that adults who drank two cups of water before each meal lost more weight than those who did not. Some studies have even shown that drinking chilled water can increase metabolism and help burn fat. And most important, water is necessary for our kidneys and it all helps in the process of losing weight.
Don’t skip any meals even if you feel you ate too much
Don’t ever skip meals if you are trying to lose weight, you will only feel hungrier later and highly likely to eat more or nibble on junk food. Eating often during the day is the best way experts say to keep your tummy feeling full. On average if possible, 5 to 3 small meals and what I mean by that is your breakfast lunch and dinner but in-between your snacks count so pick those carefully. Also remember it takes on the average of 10 to 20 minutes for your brain to feel full also eat slowly.
When on a Weight Loss Program Keep a Daily Journal
Yes, this is so important there are so many wonderful apps available now to help you keep a handle on your calorie intake. Most experts suggest planning your meals is a positive way to stay in control of your food intake and helps make you less vulnerable to the nearest bad choice such as a candy bar or chocolate croissant. Keeping a diary keeps you aware and accountable. We have all been programmed to eat more. Even dining out, our plates are full for two people to share and yet often feel well it’s here, I might as well eat it.
Are all CARBS alike? Which should you have and Avoid
Carbs in processed foods are obvious when it comes to bad carbs, at the same time carbs are important to our bodies, its fuel for our bodies. Bad carbs such as sodas, junk food and animal fats need to be minimized while still eating carbs from whole grains fruits and veggies. Eat vegetables that you enjoy and pretty much eat all you want without worries of packing on those calories and they also help to making you feel full. Be careful though with the frying, sautéing or adding to many sauces and dips they can rev up the calories.
Should you ever eat Fatty Foods
I say YES in moderation you can’t ban all the time it’s not realistic, allow yourself to have that birthday cake but again don’t gorge yourself. I enjoy dark chocolate daily, a small quarter size piece for me that’s usually enough to satisfy that sugar rush. I am in my mid-fifties and I suddenly find myself needing to monitor my own weight unlike in my youth. I too enjoy those fatty foods occasionally and I count those calories as well and sometimes I don’t…The point here is be responsible with yourself it’s not about deprivation just plan and be present.
Sleep does it Really Matter
Yes Yes Yes it matters…Experts and many studies now show that lack of sleep spurs hormonal changes to make people hungrier. God knows “I” don’t need any more hormonal changes…lol we all need on the average of 7 to 9 hours per night of sleep. Sleep helps to regulate metabolism; some researchers say that by sleeping an extra hour you cut calories by 6% because you are asleep and not eating…I’m feeling tired already