July 22, 2014
Weight Loss Tips That Work

When weight loss is your goal, it’s important to pay attention to both exercise and diet. Incorporating physical activity into your daily life will help you burn the calories you eat and turn fat into muscle.

However, even the best fitness plan in the world won’t get you very far if you aren’t paying enough attention to what you eat. Instead of counting calories, think about each calorie in terms of its quality, because they are not created equal. These diet tips will help you make great food choices and reach your weight loss goals.

Protein

Protein is an essential food group for a number of reasons. It helps you build muscle and it also helps your muscles to repair themselves after a workout. It’s also filling. If you eat a plate of scrambled eggs, you’ll feel a lot more satisfied for a longer period of time than you would if you ate a plate of pancakes.

Some of the best protein sources for your diet include fish, lean proteins such as chicken with the skin and fat removed and lean cuts of beef. You can also get the protein you need by snacking on nuts, seeds and beans.

Fruits and Veggies

If you are following some kind of diet plan that restricts the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat, it might be a good idea to reconsider your weight loss strategy. Fruits and veggies are critical to healthy living. When you fill at least half your plate with salads, broccoli, spinach, zucchini, mushrooms, peppers and other fresh, bright and flavorful veggies, you are taking a huge step towards losing weight.

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These veggies contain a lot of vitamins and minerals, and they are also packed with fiber, which your body needs to lose weight. Fruits like berries, apples, melon and oranges make great desserts and provide you with a lot of antioxidants, to keep your diet healthy.

Fats and Sugars

Even while you are trying to cut down on the fat around your middle, you need some healthy fats in your diet. Look to things like olive oil and coconut oil. Fats found in nuts and eggs are also beneficial to your weight loss goals.

Stay away from the fats and sugars you find in processed foods and junk food. You know cookies and cakes and soda and fast food products aren’t good for you. Have them once in a while to calm a craving, but don’t make a habit of filling up on foods full of fat and sugar.

When you want to adopt a weight loss plan that works, pay careful attention to your diet. It needs to be about more than counting calories. You need to fill your plate and your body with healthy foods that keep you fit.

Enjoy as many fruits and vegetables as you want, incorporate lean protein into your meals and modify the amount and types of fat and sugar you consume. Your diet will be balanced and you’ll still be eating foods you can enjoy.

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July 16, 2014
What You Should And Should Not Do When Trying To Lose Weight

Diet and exercise, and health and fitness are very important to many people. Some people choose to diet to lose weight, while others choose dieting to become more healthy overall. When it comes to weight loss and diet, there are certain things that work, and help your diet, and things that do not work, and can hurt your diet.

Calorie Count

Counting calories is important when dieting. The amount of calories that a person should consume daily depends on their height, weight, and level of daily activity. When a person consumes more than their recommended amount of calories, they will gain weight. This works the other way as well. If a person consumes a great deal less than the amount of recommended calories, it can prevent weight loss.

When the body does not get the amount of fuel that it needs, it will go into starvation mode, slowing down the body’s metabolism. When the metabolism slows down, the body not be able to effectively burn calories, resulting in either no weight loss, and even weight gain.

Meal Times

When a person eats their meals, and the portion sizes are very important when  dieting. Growing up, our parents told us that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is actually true. By making breakfast your biggest meal, you are giving your body the fuel that it needs to power through the day. Because you eat your breakfast in the morning, you have the whole day to burn off the calories that you consumed. Because protein is a natural appetite suppressant, eating a breakfast which is high in protein can curb your appetite throughout the day.

Making your dinner your smallest meal, and eating in the late afternoon rather than the evening is great for dieters. When you have consumed excess calories, and do not burn them off, they are stored as fat. By eating a small meal, in the late afternoon, you are less likely to store the calories that you consumed as fat.

Skipping Meals is a No-No

Many dieters believe that if they skip a meal, they are helping their diet by consuming less calories. This is actually wrong. When a person skips a meal, they are more than likely to overeat at their next meal, therefore, they are not benefiting from skipping the meal. Skipping meals can also slow down your metabolism, making it much more difficult for your body to burn calories.

Regular Exercise Is Necessary

When you are dieting, there is more to it than watching what you eat. Exercise is equally as important. Doing cardio four to six time a week is recommended. Walking, jogging, and working out on an elliptical or a treadmill are excellent forms of cardio. Anything that gets your heart rate up, and produces a good sweat will help you burn calories. Cardio is not the only form of exercise that will benefit you while dieting. A few days of strength training is also very beneficial.

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Knowing the do’s and don’ts of dieting is very important if you are going to successfully, and safely lose weight.

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