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How to Lose Weight in 7 Steps

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 · 0 comments

Losing weight means burning more calories than you consume. You have probably put yourself through various diet schemes, like following a special exercise regimen, keeping a food diary, and a couple of other diet fads. If all of these have failed, it only proves that the key to losing weight is not the diet technique you use, but your willpower. As the old adage goes, “old habits die hard.” If you always find yourself struggling to sustain your diet efforts, the following radical steps can help break the monotony.

1. Don’t ignore tried and tested diet facts. This includes the key principle of losing weight, which is burning more calories than you consume. The truth is that all the other steps in this article won’t be effective if you take in a thousand calories every day and not burn as much.

2. Use smaller kitchenware. Subconsciously the size of your bowls, glasses, plates and containers can influence the size of your serving. The smaller your bowl, the smaller amount of food you tend to consume.

3. Put down your utensils between every bite. This technique gives your stomach a chance of feeling full and reduces your likelihood to go for seconds as it slows down your eating time. Similarly, having a sip of water in between bites also does the trick. Studies have shown that eating your food slowly can result to eating less.

4. List down the food that you find irresistible. Not all of the items on your list may be unhealthy, but remember that too much of anything is bad. People commonly crave for soda, fast food, sweets and alcohol. Make an effort to cut down on your weaknesses. Buy only small packages and enjoy it only once in a while. Cutting out your favorite foods completely can encourage binging.

5. Go for whole grains at all times. Switching out your refined grain food choices to whole-grain will cause you to lose more belly weight. This will not only make you appear slimmer, but it also reduces your risk of developing coronary vascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Choose grain-based food that is made up of 51%  percent whole grain or more.

6. Put yourself on a limited budget. For some it is easier to control their wallets than their diet, so leave your credit cards at home and bring just enough cash. This way you are less likely to give in to fast food indulgences and put in unnecessary items in your grocery cart.

7. Set an alarm to go off every two hours. Your digital watch or mobile phone would be the most convenient devices to use. Eat only when the alarm goes off. This stops you from going into spontaneous eating sessions and over indulging. This is why diet experts advice you never to skip meals. If you eat more often you are less likely to binge, but of course you also have to eat responsibly. Another advantage to eating smaller quantities of food 5 to 6 times a day is that it increases your metabolism. 

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