Do you want a permanent healthy weight loss solution? In 3 achievable steps it is possible!
Article written by: Abby Bezuidenhout
Why must losing weight be so damn difficult? It is so easy to put on the pounds but to lose just one stupid pound – well it is almost very frustrating. Not to mention if you want to lose a few more! Believe me when I say it takes hard work and a new way of thinking. Perhaps, like me, you’ve tried one diet after another only to be disappointed by more weight gain. Good News! There are healthy ways to lose weight and to keep it off. Using the three healthy weight loss tips below, and get started on the road to lifelong weight success.
- Get Creative with Your Diet Plan
Think about your diet for a moment. Are strict regimen diets going to work when you’re so accustomed to eating what you want when you want? Do you have time and money to plan meals that require many ingredients that you’ve never even heard of? If not, then you probably won’t last long on any diet plan. When you determine that it’s time to lose weight, use the foods you already eat to your advantage – even the fattening ones. Don’t cut them out altogether, just eat smarter! 🙂
Try eating your favourite items in smaller portions along with a new tasty food that’s healthy. For example, if your favourite meal is two cheeseburgers with french fries. Yes, you can turn this into a healthier meal. Simply by eating only one cheeseburger, skip the fries and instead opt for a boil/baked a potato (tastes great with ketchup or like me, mayo! ;p ), or even better, baked sweet potato chips. How about adding a couple of vegetables such as green beans, sautéed in garlic, lemon, and Dijon mustard and a generous amount of black pepper. Don’t be shy, add some corn to your meal, spice it up with a hint of chilli and smoked paprika.
You’re actually getting more foods and adding good nutrition, but eating smaller portions of the fattening ones. The potatoes taste just as good baked as fried, but a far healthier option!
- Add Protein-Rich Foods or Protein Shakes to Your Diet
Another way to achieve a healthy weight loss is to add protein-rich foods to your diet or drink protein shakes as snacks or replacement meals. There are even special diets and companies where you can get protein shakes customised for your body’s nutritional needs. Examples include the La Bamba diet, Shapeworks, Herbalife products, and so forth. With La Bamba Herbalife diets, you will use protein to get off extra pounds quickly. With other protein diets, you can drink protein shakes and take protein supplements for long-term dieting. It depends on your particular weight loss needs.
Protein helps your body to burn the calories you eat throughout the day so your body does not continuously store fat in unwanted areas. Protein also helps build and preserve lean muscle mass.
- Drink Plenty of Water for Healthy Weight Loss
Water is essential to a healthy weight loss plan. Water hydrates the body and organs. It gives you energy and helps you to feel full throughout the day. Water also helps your skin and cells. No matter what type of diet you choose, be sure to drink six to eight glasses of water per day. I know, I am a total hypocrite as I do struggle myself in drinking water. I do find add flavours like a few slices of citrus, mint leaves, cucumbers, or any other seasonal fruit.
The benefits of a healthy weight loss are many:
- Lower blood pressure;
- Better figure;
- More energy;
- Healthier heart and organs;
- Less stress on bones, joints and muscles;
- Less mental stress and the list goes on…
Use these tips above to take back control of your weight and live life to the fullest!
*Note: As with any diet plan, consult with a physician to be sure there are no health risks when trying a new diet. If you have any health conditions that would prevent you from eating certain foods, then find a diet that will be safe for you.