Although a ‘quick fix’ option may sound like an appealing answer to helping you lose weight, chances are, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you believe you are miraculously going to reach your weight loss goals by maintaining your sedentary lifestyle, and only drinking water and eating grapefruit, you are setting yourself up to be grumpy and disappointed.
Here are three tips to help you maximize your weight loss goals.
Avoid Yo-Yo Dieting and Fad Diets
The main issue with popular fad diets is they are usually intense, calorie restricted diets that are often used on a short-term basis. You probably have seen these diets advertised. They are usually the ones the top super-models or movie stars promote as to having lost weight fast! Going on these types of diets can make for ‘yo-yo’ dieting. You may lose weight only to gain it back just as quickly.
Drastic fluctuations in your weight can wreak havoc on your metabolism, not to mention be dangerous to your health. For example, obese individuals are more susceptible to cardiovascular problems such as suffering from a stroke or a heart attack. Many of these crash diets are hard on your circulation, and can have a negative effect on your heart muscle, increasing the chances for cardiovascular problems.
Avoid the Scary Scale
To weigh or not to weigh…that is the question. It is easy to become obsessed with the scale, and many people find it can become a self-defeating prophecy. You may prefer to rely on how you are feeling and how your clothes are fitting, instead of potentially sabotaging your day because of what some numbers say. If you are determined to weigh yourself regularly, however, be sure to do it first thing in the morning when you wake up, prior to eating breakfast.
Oftentimes a weekly weigh in is more productive than a daily routine, since our weight does fluctuate each day. Females need to take their menstrual cycle into consideration, since being bloated as a result of fluid retention can show up on the scale. To avoid disappointment don’t get on the scales at this time of the month.
Also remember that no two scales are calibrated the same. You may be 3lbs lighter on the gym scale than you are at home or vice versa. Your friend’s scale will probably read differently from yours too. In order to accurately track your weight loss, try to use the same scale for consistency purposes.
Drink Lots of Water
I know you have heard it a thousand times, but it is true. Drinking lots of fresh, pure water each day helps your body flush excess toxins and wastes. Staying hydrated is vital to your health, especially with all of the fluid you are sweating out when you exercise…and you are exercising right?
Drinking a full glass of water before each meal will help your stomach feel full faster and thus, allow you to consume fewer calories to satisfy your hunger. Once you actually begin to feel thirsty, you are already quite dehydrated and the initial signs of thirst are similar to hunger. Many of us automatically reach for something to eat instead of a glass of water.
If you want to jazz it up a notch, try adding some real lemon or lime wedges to your glass of water. If you don’t have fresh fruit on hand, you can easily add some pure lemon or lime juice concentrate. It makes for a refreshing and revitalizing drink. Experiment with pineapple water, orange water, cucumber water and see what appeals to your taste buds.
These three weight loss strategies can certainly help your mind and body achieve your desired weight without any negative health issues.