Weight loss is closely related to nutrition. To lose weight you need to not only reduce the amount of calories taken in, but also the type of calories you eat. For instance, you cannot lose weight consuming sugary and/or high fat foods. Even though you may be taking in fewer calories, they are empty calories.
Shedding excess pounds and keeping your muscles in shape may lengthen your life. Your heart will have to work less to carry blood around your body, minimizing stress on your circulatory system. This measure along with regular exercise can reduce your risk of developing more serious problems later on in your life.
One way to keep your weight down, if you enjoy baked goods, is to look wherever possible for ways to lower fat and raise fiber levels in home-baked products. Applesauce makes a very respectable substitute for oil in many cakes and brownies. You can also substitute whole wheat flour for white flour, up to 100% depending on the recipe (the substitution will be invisible in chocolate brownies, by the way). You’ll substantially lower calories without affecting the taste of your favorite baked goodies.
Making a shopping list will help you lose weight. How? Carefully write down everything you will need from the store. Do not deviate from your list. Nothing extra should go into your cart, nor should you spend any amount of time in isles or areas of the store that are unrelated to your list items.
A great way to help you lose weight is to treat yourself by buying yourself nice things whenever you notice a little bit of progress. Treating yourself to a new item of clothing can go a long way in keeping you motivated to continue with your goal of losing weight.
Be proud when you are losing weight! Do not sucker yourself into buying the tiny bikini you wish you could wear or a new outfit that will take a massive amount of weight loss to fit your body. Instead, celebrate minor weight loss goals by getting a manicure or a massage. The reward can be anything that is about you and your well- being rather than getting wrapped up in fitting into smaller clothing. When you do reach a goal and drop to size you are happy with, go ahead and buy that new outfit!
Eating a diet high in fiber which would include whole grains, raw or cooked vegetables and fresh fruit creates a sense of fullness and satisfies hunger longer. Nuts can also be helpful in losing weight but you should stay away from high fat nuts like cashews. Hard nuts like almonds take longer to eat and are lower in fat.