There is a common belief that losing weight requires you to go on a diet. Not so. Dieting, for the vast majority of people, rarely works. Those who lose weight on a diet most often end up gaining the weight back.
- Make small changes, not big ones. No one will show you a magic diet that will allow you to eat whatever you want and still lose weight. The only way to lose weight is by eating less or moving more. That’s it. It’s simple, but it isn’t easy.
- Be prepared to stay lean for a lifetime — You can’t lose weight and then go back to eating the way you did before because that is what set off the obesity cycle in the first place. This means saying goodbye to soda, fast food, packaged meals, junk snacks, and most cereal.
- Exercise daily — Exercise is the best way to increase your metabolism and burn fat while building muscle. Make it a goal to exercise 30 minutes a day, but no more than 60 minutes. Longer workouts don’t make you lose weight faster, even though they may seem like it.
- Eat breakfast every day, and stop eating at least three hours before bedtime. If you skip breakfast, your body will burn muscle for energy instead of fat. You also need to make sure that you aren’t eating too late in the evening because the food will be converted to fat when you sleep with a full stomach.
- Drink lots of water — Drinking water also helps you feel full and can help you eat less throughout the day. Water is calorie-free, so it won’t add any extra calories if you drink several glasses a day. If plain tap water doesn’t appeal to you, try adding fruits or herbs to infuse it with flavor. You may also try fat-burning tonics, which have been shown to be effective in reducing body fat. Click here to learn more about such tonics.