7 Healthy Weight Loss Tips for You

Almost everyone today is looking for way of losing weight effectively. Although there are many weight loss programs at everyone’s disposal, it is always advisable to use a healthy alternative for losing weight, so you don’t lose your health along with the fat. You can find many healthy weight loss tips online, some of which can be beneficial and realistic to you. Discussed here are some of these tips:

1. Keep away from fad diets: Fad diets, or foods found in fast food joints and factory manufactured foods for that matter catapult weight gain. You need to stay away from these to avoid any more weight gain, and start eating healthy. Preparing your own meals at home is the first step to losing weight. Much fast food has added fillers that contain a lot of fattening simple carbohydrates.

2. Focus on low carb diets: Carbohydrates have a lot of calories, which are needed to a certain extent by the body to produce energy. Calories in excess are however converted into fats, thus leading to weight gain. You need to give your body only enough calories for specific tasks by using low carb diets, you can also replace most of high carb diets with proteins and fibers for a faster weight loss. Simple carbohydrates, like flour, bread, pasta, cookies, cakes, pastries, potatoes and white rice should be avoided as far as possible.

3. Keep away from emotional eating: Some people tend to eat uncontrollably when stressed or when lonely. This gives the body more calories than it needs, thus paving way for weight gain. Engaging in outdoor activities, taking a nap or anything that will keep you away from these foods will also help you keep your weight effectively in check.

4. Focus on fruits, vegetables and foods rich in fiber: Fruits, veggies and foods rich in fiber are good remedies for persons seeking to lose weight. Fruits and vegetable have a very high fiber content, which gives one a full feeling after a few bites. Eating these will limit the amount of food you take in a day. These also provide the body with essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals required by the body too.

5. Eat only when hungry: This is the basic principle you will find in many healthy weight loss tips. By eating only when your body demands food, you will be able to maintain your body’s calorie intake, thus limiting weight gain, however, emotional eating can make you feel hungry, even when you do not need food, try a hot drink (no sugar or sweeteners) instead and see if you feel less hungry.

6. Take exercise everyday: A sedentary lifestyle (couch potato) is more likely to lead to weight gain as compared to one that includes regular exercise. You do not necessarily have to enroll for a gym class, taking a walk in the park, riding a bike, or walking a few miles in a day can be enough. Exercise can help the body burn excess fats. Weight lifting is especially helpful as it (a) gives you a leaner body, even without weight loss and (b) gets those muscles burning more fat. And NO, it does not mean getting huge muscles, just toning the ones you have, to work harder for you.

7. Change your lifestyle: Today’s lifestyle contributes a lot to weight gain. For instance, many people no longer drink pure water but take a fizzy drink instead. These drinks contain carbonates and calories that contribute to weight gain. Even diet soda can cause an insuliin spike in your body and can encourage later consumption of carbohydrates. Pure water alone is enough to quench your thirst, and does not affect your body mass. In addition to this, the body also uses this water to remove toxins from the body through sweating, which cleanses the body system effectively.

By following these healthy weight loss tips, your body will start to lose any excess fat, and you will improve your immune system, making you healthier.

Fast Diet 5:2

ice cream feast

Ice cream feast

Weight Gain

Christmas, and all¬†of December was a feast for me. ūüôĀ I put on a stone (14 lbs, 6 Kgs) during December and reached what I think was probably my heaviest weight ever.

Fast Diet

Over the past few months I had been hearing about the fasting diet. Several places, magazines, health articles and on line were touting the benefits of the Fast Diet, where you fast (reduced calories) for two days in the week, often Monday and Thursday and then eat normally the rest of the week. It’s a calorie reduction programme with a difference. You eat normally for 5 days of the week and on two days (normally Monday and Thursday, you take only 500 calories (women) or 600 calories (men).

The 5:2 Fast Diet

3 January 2015
I read the book “The Fast Diet”, decided to follow it and to start now, with a fast. Good way to start the New Year after the Christmas gluttony! Nothing at breakfast time. 1 cup of protein shake at lunchtime. 2 slices bacon, 1 fried egg and spinach for dinner. drank hot lemon water and tea. I then measured my weight in the evening and I was 81.5kg – the heaviest I have ever been. Waist 36.5,¬†inches and¬†abdomen 43.5 inches – NOT good.

Comments. After such a small amount to eat, I expected to be ravenously hungry, but no, I wasn’t. I didn’t expect to have any problem in the morning because if I am going for exercise, I don’t eat or drink anything anyway and also if going to town, I don’t eat or drink anything either. Once it came to lunchtime, I was not starving but made my husband lunch and made myself a small protein shake, which I drank slowly. Then nothing til teatime. Was hungry AFTER tea but drank hot lemon water and my body realised it was mouth hunger or expectations, not real hunger. Good start. The book said that I would not feel really hungry and that even if I did, many people found that it was manageable because they knew they would be able to eat normally tomorrow.

5 January 2015 – Monday
Fast day today. Drank tea during the morning, nothing to eat. Had small container of protein shake at lunchtime. Had cold chicken, carrots and parsnips and green beans for tea.
Measurements: waist 37 Abdomen 43. Hungry but not ravenously so and able to forget about it if I did something. Knowing that tomorrow would be an “eat normally” day helped too.

6 January 2015 – Tuesday
Weighed self 79.6Kgs – a drop – good! Almost 2 Kgs lost, that’s over 4 pounds in weight. Probably mainly water, it always seems to be water loss at the start.

8 January 2015

Fast Day, drank tea and hot lemon, had 1 scoop protein shake in water for lunch. Dinner, some steak pieces casserole, with green beans and brussels sprouts.

9 January 2015

weighed self 79.4Kg. Hmmm, 3 days and I have only dropped 0.2Kgs

12 January 2015.

Fast day again. I had protein shake for lunch and cold chicken with spinach for dinner. Drank lots of tea and hot lemon and black coffee. Went for a walk in the afternoon. That was unusual because I normally exercise in the morning, so I don’t need a toilet break on a long walk but managed it and went quite fast but panting hard because it was so long since I had done¬†much exercise. I was able to do it because I didn’t have any solid food inside me, otherwise I couldn’t have. Went up Golden Steps! (Hard Work!)
Measurements: waist 36.5″, Abdomen 42.5″. Hmm, don’t know if this is working for me. Have lost an inch from abdomen, not much. Feels good though, this diet does seem to reset appetite, as they said it would. Will stay on it for a bit longer.

Friday 16 January 2015
weighed self, 79.1Kg.
I don’t find that very fast but it’s still a loss and maybe it’s better that way. It is at least a loss and it’s 2.4 Kgs in 2 weeks. 1Kg a week is healthy.

weight graph January 2015

Weight Graph January 2015

Saturday 17 January 2015

Waist 36″, Abdomen 42″
Will try fasting today too. Didn’t manage it

Thursday 22 January 2015
Waist 37 Abdomen 42 – no difference!

Monday 2 February 2015
waist 36″, abdomen 43″ No real difference from 1 month ago.
This is not working for me, though I have stuck to the 5:2 formula.

Overall Comments

This is a doable diet. The book is very readable, and some good information and support in it. It is possible that staying on this diet would take my weight down gradually to a reasonable level. I know people who are on this diet and for whom it works well. I have included a graph of the weight loss, so you can see I did lose weight but I think I will try the Atkins diet next.

Try a Diet

The Right Weight

Right Weight

All My Life?

Anyone who has ever tried a diet will recognise that most diets are lifetime options, unless you are just trying to lose a bit of weight ahead of a special event, such as a wedding or a holiday for example. But diets are also very personal. Not every diet suits everybody and it can be hard to know what exactly a particular diet does and how it actually feels to be ON any specific diet. It can be quite daunting to be told you HAVE to take up any particular diet for the rest of your life. If you don’t like the diet or it doesn’t suit you, you can end up feeling like a loser because you did not keep to the requirements. That can be very demotivating.

But some diets may leave some people¬†hungry and irritable all the time, yet they may be the correct diet for other people. Others are unsure which diet to try, so don’t do any. And if you are the correct weight and are healthy, then the food you are eating is already the correct diet for you. This site will give you information on the different kinds of diet available so you can see what it is like to be on a particular diet, to help you decide if that is the diet for you.

Try A Diet For A Month

Rather than committing to a lifetime of dieting, you can try a diet for a month or even a week. This is NOT yo yo dieting, where someone loses weight, stops dieting, goes back to their previous eating habits and adds the lost weight back on again, or even more. This site is about finding a safe, healthy everyday kind of food that you enjoy and that keeps your body size where YOU want it to be. Other people, including me, will be trying a diet for a month and reporting back on it, so you can see what it is like.

What is a diet?

Your diet is just the food you normally eat. But when people say, “I’m going on a diet”, they usually mean they are going to restrict the amount or type of food they eat or they are going on a special medical diet for a health problem. But the word “diet” doesn’t actually refer to any of those meanings, it just refers to your normal food. For a horse, its normal diet is grass or hay, it is vegetarian. For a tiger, its normal diet is meat, it is carnivorous. Human beings are omnivorous, that is, we can make use of both plant type food and meat and some people prefer to eat all types of plant food (vegetarians and vegans) and some people tend to stick more to the meat side, but most people eat a selection of both. Of course, with all the different types of food available these days, some people’s diet is what is called “junk” because they eat mainly processed food. No matter what you normally eat, that is your “normal” diet. If you wish to change your weight or your body size either to increase or decrease, then you need to change your diet and you may also need to exercise, however, this site is mainly about diet, rather than exercise.

Check out the diets

I put on weight over Christmas. Is there anyone who didn’t? After Christmas I decided to try to lose weight. I tried one diet for a month and then decided to try another. Some other contributors are doing different diets from me, including one for a figure competition and another with a well-known slimming franchise. They will be reporting back on how they felt, what they lost or gained, any benefits they felt they got and any problems and whether they felt it was worth it.

You Can Contribute Too!

If you would like to report on a particular diet, even one that is already covered on here, let me know.