The 5-Step Path to Permanent Weight Loss
Permanent weight control is the holy grail of weight loss. Losing weight is hard enough, but more often than not saying goodbye to your diet means saying goodbye to that brand new you as well, which plays havoc with your emotional wellbeing as well as jeopardising your health. Do you want to lose weight and put it straight back on, perhaps gaining more new weight than you had when you started dieting? Of course you don’t!
There are 5 simple and effective steps you can take to achieve this wellness goal. Firstly, you’ve probably been told, perhaps hundreds of times, to cut carbs. It makes sense – carbohydrates are bad for you, aren’t they? Actually, it’s a little bit more complicated than that. Some carbohydrates are bad for you, and these are the ones you need to cut. Simple carbs and sugars need to be avoided, so stay away from pastas, breads, rice, anything baked like cakes and cookies. These forms of carbs will turn to sugar in your body very quickly, which will then be stored as fat. The carbs you want instead are the complex carbs, which you can find in fruits and vegetables.
Step 2 is to add more protein to your diet, as protein is twice as satisfying as carbs, meaning that you’ll stay fuller for longer. You can even add protein to your snacks to starve off hunger. Why not try keeping some cold cooked chicken in the fridge for a convenient snack? The next tip you can follow is to ensure you get enough good fats. Yes, you heard correctly – fats can actually help you lose weight and keep you slim, provided they’re from the right sources. Snacking on nuts, and getting in some fish and extra virgin olive oil is a great way of ensuring you get your daily good fat allowance, and will help to keep you feeling full.
Fourthly, make sure you drink about 2 litres of water on a daily basis. Often when you think you’re hungry, you’re actually mildly dehydrated, so a large glass of water can help you fight against hunger pangs. Finally, the most important tip of them all is to take responsibility for your diet. Knowledge is power, so educate yourself to be able to make more conscious decisions about your diet, and be wary of fad diets and advertisers who are trying to flog you ‘miracle’ treatments. Weight control is never that easy, no matter what the adverts say, but with these 5 tips, it is always simple.
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