It is well known that in order to lose weight, daily exercise is required. However, a few other things should also be kept in mind. Firstly, limit your salt and simple sugars (starch). This will help to reduce the excessive fluids in your body. Remove sugars and starches from your diet. Cut down the chips, biscuits and chocolates. This will help in limiting the production of insulin, which is the main fat storage for the body. Reducing insulin will also help the kidney to get rid of the excess sodium and water, which will reduce the unnecessary weight of water in your body.
Don’t cut out good carbohydrates from your diet for they are the energy giving foods. Avoid ‘white’ carbohydrates. These include pasta, potatoes and fried food. Feel free to load your plate with low carbohydrate vegetables. These vegetables include cabbage, lettuce, cucumber and many more. Don’t be afraid of eating fats. Limit yourself to having natural fats as they are not harmful. Some examples are coconut oil, butter and olive oil.
Protein should also be included in every meal. Proteins are more satisfying than fats and carbohydrates and are the most filling food. Make sure to incorporate a healthy amount of proteins in your meal. Sources include fish, beans, chicken and red meat.
It is popularly believed that skipping breakfast will help you lose weight, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Never miss breakfast. Breakfast is the meal that gives you the energy to start your day. Skipping breakfast can make you hungry later, which could result in binge eating at meal times. Have fruits and high-fiber cereal for your breakfast.
To lose weight, you will have to limit the amount of calories you consume. But that doesn’t mean that you limit the amount of food you eat. You can still stuff yourself with food, but the key is to choose your food wisely. Take high fiber foods which take longer to digest that make them filling. Fiber helps in digestion and also reduces cholesterol. Sources of fiber are fruits, leafy green vegetables, beans and whole grains such as oatmeal, brown rice and whole wheat pasta.
A good diet must also include plenty of water. People often confuse thirst with hunger, so it is better to have a glass of water before snacks. You can also try flavored tea or fruit infused herbal tea. Don’t drink calories. Drink as much diet sodas, unsweetened ice teas, coffee without creamer and other low calories beverages as you want. However, avoid normal soft drinks, artificial fruit juices and other beverages that might add to the number of calories.
Follow these steps and you’ll be slim in no time.