10 Easy Steps Control Your Weight
Weight control. We all want it, and strive to get it different ways; "crash" or "fad" diets, fasts, and crazy workouts. The best way to control weight is to follow these 10 easy steps:
1. Eat small meals
Make sure you eat 5-6 small meals a day. This keeps insulin levels steady and your metabolism high. Plus, your body finds it easy to process small meals.
2. Replace regular sodas with diet sodas
Regular sodas are full of empty calories! You reduce 150 calories every single time you opt for a diet soda. If you have one soda a day, by month's end you have saved 4,500 calories!
3. Limit alcohol
Alcohol calories are also empty and can add up! If you must drink, have a light beer or opt for something mixed with soda water or water to keep calories low.
4. Drink water
Water is an important part of remaining healthy and losing weight. 8 glasses a day are recommended to flush out the system, stay hydrated, and improve your liver functions.
Any physical activity is better than none at all! Take the stairs at work, or park further away in the parking lot. Take up a fun, active weekend activity such as swimming, golf, martial arts, dance, tennis, running, or cycling. Any physical activity that gets you moving will do! Physical activities are fun for the whole family.
6. Eat less fast food
Even though most fast food joints offer low fat or low carbohydrate options, most people still tend to order the high fat, high calorie options. Eat at home, and you tend to have a better sense of what is going in to the meal.
7. Portion size
Portion control is key in weight loss management. Smaller portions throughout the day will keep hunger away.
8. Don't eat late night
If you satisfy those late night cravings, chances are that your body will end up storing the extra calories as fat. If you eat the extra calories in the daytime, your body has a better chance of burning them off.
9. Cheat on your diet
That's right, go ahead and cheat, but only if it was planned. You need to be in control of your food and not the other way around. If you are planning to indulge on some of the foods your crave, your not "giving into" your diet, but more "rewarding" yourself for a job well done.
10. Enjoy your food
Food should be enjoyed and savored. Make sure you eat sitting down, away from distractions such as the television or Internet. This will give you more time to focus. Chew food carefully and slowly.