10 Proven Tips for Weight Loss – The Realistic Approach
September 12, 2011
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More often than not these diets involve pretty much starving the body of calories while lazing on a sofa set so as to force dramatic drops as quickly as possible. These approaches are neither safe nor effective, potentially impacting the overall health of the person and leading to a chance of weight regain that hovers somewhere around the 100% mark.
The real problem is that dieting never has and never will be easy to do correctly, which is something that must be understood and appreciated by all approaching weight loss long in advance of beginning their endeavour. With this in mind, the following is a brief rundown of ten common-sense tips for weight loss which are not only realistic, but also proven effective and comprehensively safe:
- Water– Drinking vast quantities of water while dieting offers a myriad of positives, which makes it all the more surprising that such is a habit that very few dieters practice to the necessary degree. Water is exceptionally good for the body, aids digestion and offers the best form of natural appetite control by giving a full feeling for longer. What could be more simple than drinking a glass of water before and after every meal to help boost the satisfaction enormously?
- Busy– Boredom can be nothing less than the Antichrist of the dieter, leading to increased and excessive eating simply as a way of passing the time. In short, those who are too busy to think about food and eating will naturally eat far less than those with nothing to do.
- Think – Consider each and every item eaten and assess firstly whether or not it is a good idea for the diet, along with if there is a possible healthier alternative. This may appear binding but becomes surprisingly easy over time.
- Time– Never expect to lose abundant weight healthily in a short period of time. This is one of the most detrimental habits of all, with so many giving no more than a few weeks and then quitting altogether as motivation is destroyed. Be realistic and allow as long as it takes.
- Supplies– Cram fridges, freezers and cupboards full of only the foods that are suitable for the eating plan chosen. Choose as many quick and easy healthy snack-esque foods as possible to avoid the perils of unhealthy fast foods when in a hurry. In short, if the poor choices are made unavailable, the healthy route becomes the only option.
- Plan– Eating on the fly is a sure fire way of slipping up, so plan as many meals as possible in advance. If possible, it is a good idea to know what will be eaten for dinner before breakfast is ever through.
- Frequency– Eating little and often rather that infrequently in large quantities is well known to be a far healthier approach, regardless of the fact that very few actually practice the method themselves. Tough to begin indeed but simple once picked up.
- Results – Many diets advise not to use scales and measuring devices so as to avoid problems with motivation, but the simple fact of the matter is that most people have to see results first hand to believe something is working. As such, balance is the key as hourly or daily weighing is never a good idea, though weekly or monthly could prove beneficial.
- Persistence– Beginning a diet or healthy eating regime is simple – staying on one for a long period of time is not. The body has to get used to a new intake and will undoubtedly throw up complications and even mood problems in the interim, but rest assured that all will eventually pass as the new approach becomes the norm.
- Exercise – The obvious and oft-maligned finale, exercise is essential not only to burn the calories, but maintain a health metabolism and stave off boredom which, as mentioned earlier, can see any diet come crashing down.
Akilah M. El, N.D. is a Naturopathic Doctor and certified Master Herbalist with a private practice in Atlanta Georgia and Berlin Germany. Join Dr Akilah El on Facebook and Twitter