There are many reasons to get to a healthy weight. The fact that there are more obese people now than ever before indicates that society in general has a problem with weight. Most jobs today involve sitting for as many as eight hours, and even if we remember to get up and stretch, it's just for a few minutes. |
Rigorous beauty standards are around us all the time, from magazines in the checkout line to the TV to those perfect mannequins in store windows.
Today it's not enough to be thin. You must be a healthy weight that lets your inner beauty shine. Try to think in terms of body composition instead of pounds.
Below are 20 ideas on how to lose weight fast while keeping healthy eating habits:
1. Scale back on sugars and starches 2. Eat protein, good fat, and vegetables 3. Lift weights at least three times a week 4. Take up high-intensity interval training 5. Start your days with a high-protein breakfast (eggs are a great source of protein!) 6. Cut out sugary drinks and fruit juice, and go for the whole fruit instead of the juice 7. Drink water 30 minutes before meals 8. Eat soluble fiber (found in oat bran, nuts, seeds, peas, lentils, beans, barley, and some fruits and vegetables) 9. Enjoy a coffee or tea once a day (stay away from powdered creamers or sweet, flavored add-ins) 10. Use smaller plates, bowls, and glasses to help with portion control 11. Get a good night's sleep every single night 12. Eat mostly whole, unprocessed foods--try shopping the perimeter of your grocery store 13. Know and avoid your binge triggers, whether it's a type of food or situation 14. Have a hot soup before dinner 15. Eat your food slowly and savor your food before swallowing 16. Take probiotic supplements (some must be kept refrigerated to be effective) 17. Be active during your normal day, not just in the gym--park further and walk more 18. Eat spicy foods (chili peppers contain capsaicin, which can boost metabolism) 19. Eat more salads and make them your main meal, while avoiding heavy dressings 20. Brush your teeth after eating to signal to your body that you're done eating
Learn about your own patterns of behavior related to eating and exercising. Little things like keeping a journal to record your progress, or having an accountability buddy, can do wonders to keep your motivation strong. And if you should slip up once in a while, allow yourself to get back on track without being too harsh with yourself.
Be aware of the influence of media and social media on how you feel about yourself. Resist the temptation to make comparisons. Remember that most magazine covers have been touched up. Even models with the strictest rules of self-maintenance are deemed improvable. Also, though social media can help with your weight-loss journey, check in with yourself if you are feeling better or worse in your self-image after being on Facebook and other sites.
Allow a measuring tape to be the measurement you trust in. Some people say to avoid the scale altogether during a time when you are wanting to drop pounds quickly; others, encourage checking your weight daily.
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