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June 6, 2008 at 4:08 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Lifestyle Changes to Lose Weight: Diet, Exercise, and Healthy Living

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Creating a change in your lifestyle can be intimidating and often scary. The trick to starting a new lifestyle to lose weight is to start out small. There are three main ideas to focus on when making these changes in your life:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Healthy living

Diet

Diet will make all the difference when it comes to losing weight. There are a lot of different aspects to look at when it comes to dieting.

  • Eat protein first- Protein makes the body feel full quicker and longer. Eating proteins such as white chicken, fish, turkey, and egg whites at the beginning of your meals will help fend off cravings for junk food and keep your food intake low.
  • Watch drinks- Drinks can be loaded with sugars and unwanted calories. The best thing to drink to maintain a healthy diet would always be water.
  • Eat at a proper pace- People who eat quickly are more likely to intake a lot more food than their body needs. Taking it slow when eating can help you to realize when your body is truly full.
  • Proper nutrients- Whole grains and vegetables are packed with fiber and are low in calories. Eating fiber will help you to feel fuller longer and keep away cravings.

Exercise

When youre making a healthy lifestyle change you should be sure to interpret exercise into one of your daily routines. Exercising on a normal daily basis can help your health in so many different ways.

  • Building muscle- Working out will not only give you a toned body but many studies have also shown that muscle burns calories quicker than fat. Maintaining healthy muscle mass will benefit your weight loss goals.
  • Make working out fun- A lot of people fall into a slump when it comes to their daily workout routine. By keeping your work outs fun and challenging you will maintain your interest in becoming fit and healthy.
  • Health benefits- Staying fit and living a healthy lifestyle has so many benefits. People who have a daily exercise routine are more protected again disease such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Healthy living

Healthy living is a very vital part of weight loss. Keeping yourself educated on how to live a healthy life is a good start towards losing weight and maintaining and accomplishing the lifestyle change that you are working for. Include family or friends- When people are beginning to change their lifestyles it is helpful to have a friend or family member join in. Having a partner will help you to maintain focus on your goal and help you to stay motivated. Healthy mind frame- Keeping a realistic idea of weight loss and what it will take to achieve goals is crucial to your progress so you do not get discouraged and give up. Keeping your stress levels down is a large part of staying on the path to a healthy lifestyle.

Sources: http://www.mynippon.com/lifestyle/changes-weight-loss.htm

http://www.kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/dieting/lose_weight_safely.html

http://naturalhealthperspective.com/home/riskfactors.html

http://www.nutristrategy.com/health.htm

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