Football Conditioning: Struggling to lose weight? Here’s a sensible weight loss guideline to get you started
What you want: A healthy, fit and young-looking body.
What you’re doing: Exercising only in your spare time, eating healthy only when it tastes good, trusting your weight loss solely on pills.
Many people are like this. And still they wonder why nothing’s changed in their body, why every effort is in vain, why flabs are still flabs and energy is at an all-time low.
It starts with small changes! It’s so easy that it sounds stupid. Now, wipe that Cheetos’ stain off your face, here’s how it ought to be done.
- Every morning, start making a plan for dinner to avoid yourself from eating spontaneously, causing poor food choices.
- When you’re dining out, begin with a large salad with low-calorie dressing or even a broth-based soup. Doing this will make you feel full faster and less likely to eat through the entire entrée.
- EXERCISE! Move, walk, climb, and run. Find ways to keep yourself active, especially when you’re in a sedentary job.
- Split your entrée with someone or simply try ordering an appetizer in addition to your salad or soup.
- Increase your fiber intake. Most people don’t get nearly enough fiber. Try eating “wet” sources of fiber rather than dry ones – cooked oatmeal will make you feel fuller than eating a dry fiber cracker.
- Always eat vegetables at every meal. Shred them into your pasta sauce, combine them with your meat dishes, or just buy multiple bags of fruits and vegetables for on-going eating.
- Buy supplements from trusted sources. Stop experimenting with unknown suppliers. For starters, you can lose weight from Optifast, the proven name in weight loss.
- Eliminate processed foods from your diet. You’ know this all this time anyway. Research continues to show that non-processed and high-fiber foods are more difficult to digest and have a greater “thermic effect” – meaning they increase your metabolism.
- Try eating whole fruits and vegetables rather than drinking your calories. For example, eat an apple rather than drinking apple juice. Compare foods that look similar and eat the one that physically takes up more tummy space. For example, eating 100 calories of grapes in comparison to100 calories of raisins will make you fuller.
The key to weight loss is eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats. Reduce calorie intake, and keep moving. Supplementing calcium, fiber, protein and green tea of enhanced results. However, none of these will have much effect unless you’re working out and eating healthy amount of fruits and vegetables.
The best path you can take, and I can’t stress this enough, is the following:
- Decreasing total calorie intake to produce a caloric deficit.
- Getting those calories through healthy sources like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.
- Moving/exercising to reserve lean tissue and contribute to the calorie deficit.
It has been stated before, and I’ll state it here again. There is no shortcut, magic tricks or real “hacks” into weight loss. Almost all efforts of taking the shortest method end up in utter failure or worse. If you want to lose weight, then you should have a passion to strive for it. Begin with the end in mind.
Really, the secret goal is this – love yourself.