Here are 10 tips and tricks for weight loss that you may never have heard.
1. The weight loss equation
The easiest way to explain the process of losing weight is that weight loss occurs when the body consumes less calories than it burns. So the simple equation goes like this: Calories In – Calories Out = Weight Loss. There are obviously many other important factors involved here, but keeping this simple formula in mind can be helpful in many situations.
2. Monitor your daily calorie intake
Do Not obsess over counting calories. Being aware and maintaining a clear idea about the number of calories you're consuming daily is important to keep on track with weight management. Get to know how to use food labels; know what you are eating in terms of carbohydrates, fats and proteins and remember: 1 gram of Carbs=4 calories, 1 gram of Protein=4 calories and 1 gram of Fat=9 calories.
3. Eat at predefined hours
Plan to eat your meals at the same time of day, everyday. This helps digestion since our biological clock is synchronized with our brain and stomach. Also, eating with consistency will help your know when it actually needs food, versus when your brain wants food. Eating with consistency makes it easier to monitor and maintain weight management.
4. The importance of Water
Dehydration, lack of energy, tiredness and headaches are just a few of the effects from not drinking enough water. Many of us make this critical mistake. All the maladies aside, when it comes to weight loss, water can assist detoxification and the removal of unnecessary toxins from the body and skin but also helps with digestion and keeps the stomach full, which reduces hunger and the unnecessary consumption of calories. Like vitamins and minerals, water also has a daily recommended intake. For women, its just under 3 liters of water per day and for men its about 4 liters. So, begin your day with a cold glass of water to restart all your body's natural functions for the day and don't forget to carry a bottle with you at work, during your daily errands and of course in the gym.
5. Do not rush into getting super-fast results
Follow a slow and steady regimen to manage your weight loss and keep it off. Taking on a crash diet from the Internet will end right where you started before diet. Proper, healthy weight loss takes a bit longer. Take time to do it right, and learn the proper changes to your lifestyle to make your weight management something you can do for life.
6. Learn how to lose weight the safe way
Even people that have made healthy living part of their lifestyle for year make mistakes and often just aren't doing things correctly. So as a beginner, its important not to get discouraged; there are many paths along the way to your goals and a lot of them will be dead-ends. If you are new to dieting and weight loss then most probably you are confused from where to start and what should be your first step etc. This is very common and one of the most popular questions we get from our readers the last 6 years. In my opinion before even starting a diet or weight loss program you should do some reading and familiarize yourself with the basic weight loss concepts. I am not suggesting spending days learning the theory, after all losing weight is a practical matter, but learning a few important concepts in advance can prove very helpful in the long run. The guide you are reading now is a good starting point as it covers all aspects of weight loss, fitness and dieting; you can continue reading our other articles as well since we have planned to gather all the information you need in one place.
7. Keep a food and emotions journal
For many people emotions and feelings are associated with the quantities of food consumed. When you are stressed or depressed you turn to food (and especially fatty food) for comfort. This is may be happening to you as well and you know that this is bad and can destroy all your hopes for losing weight. You cannot easily control this but one handy tip to try is keeping a food and emotions journal. This is basically a piece of paper (or an online food journal) where you record what you eat per day and your emotional state. If you do this for a couple of weeks and go back and have a look at the results you may identify some patterns and take some precaution measures. For example you can remove sweets and snacks from your cupboards and replace them with healthy alternatives. By doing so when you are feeling stress and turn to food for relief you will not end up eating a tone of calories but food items that are at least healthier.
8. No need to measure your weight on a daily basis
As mentioned before, weight loss takes time and getting on the scale everyday won't make the process any faster but most probably will add more stress and frustration. Instead try to weigh yourself once per week with consistency; that means the same time of the same day every week because the later in the day will always be high than your weight in the morning.
9. Never try to follow more than one weight loss program at a time
If you choose to follow a commercial diet or weight loss program then concentrate on one program at a time. Good weight loss programs have different phases, each phase having a clear start and finish goal. Follow the program guidelines correctly for the time required and evaluate your results at the end. Mixing different programs together or not following their instructions will not generate any good results.
10. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Don’t be afraid to seek professional help if you are not getting any results. The Internet is a great way to learn how to lose weight but sometimes other factors such as diseases, functional disorders may hold you back. A professional (a doctor or nutritionist) will be able to identify these and suggest ways to overcome them.