I too have tried losing weight, so I know how much of a struggle the entire process can be. Gaining weight seems to be very quick and easy but losing even just a single pound would require a lot of effort. That is why I am not surprised of how people rummage the weight loss market for products that promise easy weight loss.
But is there really an easy way of losing weight?
Well, if you want a simple answer then I would say yes. There is a way for you to lose weight easily. In fact, there are many ways for you to easily lose weight, among the popular shortcuts to weight loss include the use of: diet pills, fat burning supplements, laxatives and fad diets. Although these methods could indeed bring about effortless weight loss, they are generally unsafe, unhealthy and not for the long term.
Ask any fitness expert and they would tell you that weight loss through the above mentioned methods is easy but often temporary. Yes, you can lose weight in just a matter of weeks through these methods but almost always the weight loss would be only for short term.
Numerous studies have already proven that people who use these fast and easy weight loss methods are bound to regain the weight they have lost plus a couple of pounds more as soon as they stop using them. So, while there are easy ways to lose weight, they are not good for you and are generally counterproductive for your weight loss goals.
The best way to lose weight is through the hard way–by making sustainable lifestyle changes such as increasing your physical activity and eating right. You can’t expect dramatic and fast weight loss by taking the healthy route to weight loss but the results will be more satisfying and lasting.
Practical Pointers That Can Help Make Healthy Weight Loss Easier
To help you get started with losing weight the right way, I have shared some practical tips below:
Understand the basic principles of weight loss.
Health experts say that it is the people who understand the principles of weight loss who do well long-term. So if you want to be really successful with your weight loss efforts, you should take the time to educate yourself with the factors that affect weight gain and weight loss.
One of the things that you need to know in order to lose weight, is that more calories should be burned than consumed. Which basically means that you need to eat less and exercise more.
Keep a food diary.
Keeping a food diary can help you a lot with your weight loss goals. Initially, your food diary will help you assess how you eat and then identify problem areas in your eating habits. With its help, you will be able to appropriately design an eating plan that is best for you.
In the long run, your food diary will help you keep your calorie intake in check. There are a number of methods for keeping a food diary. You can use a paper notebook, your mobile phone or any handheld gadget. The important thing is you carry your food diary with you wherever you go.
Make it a habit to read food labels.
Food labels are intended to give you information about a specific food. It is crucial that you know how to read food labels if you want to lose weight; as this is the only way you will know the nutritional and calorie content of your food.
With the help of these FDA-required labels, you will know the ingredients and nutrients a food item and how much of the food you should consume with reference to your approved daily calorie intake. Furthermore, with the knowledge of what is inside the package, you can make comparisons of certain food and make better food choices.
Downsize your plates.
One research study from Cornell University pointed out that the size of the plate can affect a person’s food consumption. It showed that people who eat from a larger plate are likely to help themselves to significantly larger serving size.
Conversely, people who use smaller dishes tend to eat less. So instead of using the regular 10 to 14-inch dinner plates, serve your main course on 7 to 9-inch salad plates. By doing this, you can easily avoid taking in too many calories.
Drink plenty of water.
You may have heard this advice a million times, but I will say it again. Water is a very important factor in weight loss. However, only very few actually appreciate its value. Aside from the well known fact that water causes a feeling of fullness without adding a single calorie, recent studies have shown that drinking plenty of water can cause the body to produce more heat; thereby, boosting metabolism and burning more calories.