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top weight loss tipsYou have obviously come across this site as you wish to find out the top tips to lose weight. Sadly, there is no magic button that you can press to make the weight disappear. The secret to losing weight is to consume fewer calories than you spend. There are a number of ways to achieve this –  some are safe and some are not so safe. I would like to share some top weight loss tips to help you to achieve your goals.

Top weight loss tip # 1

I have always found that eating slowly not only helps me to enjoy my food better, it helps me to keep satiated for longer. I do not enjoy watching people eat, so it helps to be the last one to finish at the dinner table. This strategy has actually helped my super-speed muncher of a daughter to slow down when eating. She said to me “Daddy, I get jealous when I watch mom, John-Ross, and you still eating when I am already finished.” Mission accomplished. :-) As for my son, well, he’s still eating long after the dishes are all done – but he’s never hungry between meals and he never has any digestive problems that are caused by fast eating.

Top weight loss tip # 2

Watch your calorie intake. If you consume more calories than you spend, you are going to get fat. On that note, I suggest that you select a weight-management program that allows you some degree of flexibility with regards to monitoring your calorie intake. (Learn about budget breakfasts here.)

Some diets are so rigid that most people fall of the bus soon after starting. You want to a program that is simple and flexible.

Don’t believe for one moment that exercising alone will suffice in spending excess calories. An hour walk will burn about 300 calories and a ten-minute cup of coffee with a donut will set you back more than 1000 calories. Get the balance right.

Find a way that works for you to consume fewer calories. By the way, you can lose weight without exercising yourself into oblivion. Exercise is important for circulation, boosting your metabolism and getting rid of stress, but it is NOT the answer to permanent weight loss.

Top weight loss tip # 3

Decide upon a weight-loss program and stick with it. Quitters never win, and winners never quit. You are a winner in the making as you have decided to do something about your weight.

Hopping from diet to diet will not work, and it is not fair to you or the diet. If you need to lose 30kg (66 lbs) , think about how long it took for you to gain the weight and then be realistic about your weight loss targets. The good news is that with some discipline ( and the right weight management program) you will shed the pounds far quicker than it took to gain them.

(Read more about weight loss goals here)

Top weight loss tip # 4

If you do cheat, lose the guilt, not the will to lose weight. Forgive yourself and move on. Overeating is usually an emotional issue, if you hold onto your guilt for indulging yourself, you will end up fatter than when you began the weight-loss program. Learn how to have controlled indulgences each week so that you do not feel deprived.

(Read why weight loss should not be your focus when you are working at your weight loss)

Top weight loss tip # 5

Don’t buy into the theory that cutting certain food types will accelerate your weight loss.

Carbohydrates are designed to keep your body fueled, so don’t cut them out of your diet. By all means be discerning about which types of carbohydrates you eat, but don’t stop eating them. Complex carbohydrates are the best type that you can eat. Restrict your intake of simple carbohydrates such as candy, pastries, cakes and the like. Rather eat fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grain bread and pasta.

Finally, I would like to recommend that once you have lost the weight, that you keep it off. Every time you lose and gain weight, you lose muscle strength. This process slows your metabolism down which hinders your body’s ability to lose weight. You will have worked hard to get the weight off, now you need to apply some discipline to keep it off.

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to let us have your top weight loss tips.

 

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