Why diets don’t work the way you want
Diets work, but only for a very short time. When a diet reaches its burn out stage, it is no longer any use to you. This may be one or two weeks, at which time, you will start gaining more weight and will be heavier than you were when you started out.
Many people who want to lose weight go on a liquid diet. Again, this will only work for the short term. Your body loses the liquids. However, the liquid diet does not break down the fat, and your energy level is constantly down. To get it back up, you will reach for the candy bars and the banana splits. This is not good. We have to find a way to balance this out.
6 tips on how to lose weight without dieting
I have said many times that you have to eat in order to lose weight. Allow me to explain this in a simple way. When you eat, you have to eat the right foods. if you don’t, you will have no energy. Your body can’t break down and burn the fat. Once again, you look for more goodies like chocolate cake and sugary Coke.
Let’s put an end to this vicious circle right now.
1. Eat breakfast within 1 hour after waking up
This will get you started in the right direction. The longer you wait, the closer it will be to lunch. You don’t want to skip a meal, and eat twice as much at your next meal. This will defeat your purpose.
2. Eat your last meal at least 2 hours before bedtime
You don’t want to be stuffed at bedtime. At the same time, you don’t want to be overly hungry. By the same token, eating right before you retire is not a very good thing to do if you want to lose weight. Having your last meal at least 2 hours before bedtime will allow plenty of time for the body to break down the fat, assuming you have eaten right during the day.
3. Eat more meals, but have smaller portions
You should eat every three hours. This will probably increase your daily meals from 3 to 4. If you are someone who does not sleep very much, you may wake up early and go to bed late. If this is the case, then there is no problem having 5 meals a day.
Eating more frequently will increase your blood sugar level. You will have more energy. Your body will be able to break down and burn the fat. Finally, you will not crave the sugary, fattening foods like you may have in the past.
If you are very hungry when you sit down at a meal, you ate too much during your last meal. This is not want you want. You want to have an appetite at mealtime, but you don’t want to be excessively hungry.
With this method, a snack can be considered as a meal. Therefore, if you’d rather have a snack instead of a regular meal, that’s OK. It does not matter what you eat for you meals. For example, a traditional breakfast may be bacon and eggs, pancakes, waffles, etc. If you want a hamburger for breakfast, and can handle it, go for it. What you eat does not matter. What does matter is that you do eat, eat the right portion of food, and eat at the right times.
4. Watch your nutrition proportion at each meal
When you eat, you must always consume each of the three types of foods: Proteins, Carbohydrates and Fat. Proteins are meat, fish and eggs. Carbohydrates are rice, bread, and vegetables. At each meal, try to have 40 percent protein, 40 percent carbohydrates, and only 20 percent fat. The 20 percent fat can be a teaspoon of butter.
Most diets will tell you that you need to consume as little carbohydrates as possible, but this is not true. Too few carbohydrates consumed will cause the body to store more fat, and stop the fat burning process. Too many carbohydrates will cause the body to store an excessive amount of fat and will reduce your energy. Therefore, if you want to maximize the fat burning process, it is critical that you get these nutrients, in their proper proportions.
5. Watch your calories at each meal
If you are eating more often, you should not have the desire to consume as many calories per meal.
Women should consume 250 to 350 calories at each meal. Men should consume 400 to 450. If you have an active lifestyle, you can consume more. If you have an inactive lifestyle, you should stick to this guideline.
If you consume too many calories, the body will store more fat, and you will not be hungry at your next meal. If you consume too few calories, your blood sugar level will drop. If this happens, you will start craving the sugary and fattening stuff again.
6. Be satisfied at the end of each meal
When you finish your meal, you should not be hungry. You should not be stuffed. If you don’t feel like you have eaten enough, have seconds. Once you start developing these new habits, seconds, and even thirds will not hurt you. When you leave the table, you should be feeling good.
Sticking to these guidelines have everything to do with developing some new habits. Once you start, and get used to it, it will be like clockwork. If you follow these 6 basic tips I have just given you, you will lose weight.