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Do’s On Your Weight Loss Journey
Your love for food is the biggest road blocker in your desire to lose weight as you are most likely to grab the first decadent food you can find after a short span of controlled eating. Though some well-defined guidelines are stated for the people who want to lose weight, yet it is obvious that no one-size-fits-all. Here are some common rules for weight loss: you can bend and still drop pounds from the scale.
Just because you want to lose weight, doesn’t mean that you have to live without the foods you adore like dessert, alcohol, fried foods, etc. When you deny yourself the bites you crave it can backfire, causing you to feel deprived and ultimately resulting in binge eating. You can’t eat these foods all the time if you want to lose weight, but it’s perfectly healthy to enjoy a few spoonfuls of ice cream or a small glass of champagne every once in a while. Just tone down your portion sizes and indulge about once a week.
Eat Salad Everyday
Yes, salads indeed help in weight loss, but it is also important to consider that they aren’t for everyone. The dissatisfied feeling that you get after eating the salad could cause you to head to the nearest fast-food joint. Also, salad toppings can really add up. When a bowl of greens is covered in a creamy dressing, candied walnuts, cheese, cranberries, and avocado, a seemingly healthy salad can run higher in calories in comparison to a burger. You have to enjoy the foods you’re eating to stick with a healthy meal plan and if you don’t like the bowl of raw veggies, choose other low-calorie meals that incorporate veggies such as sandwiches, broth-based soups, grilled veggies, and whole-grain salads, etc.
Say No to Carbs
It is indeed true that carbs are high in calories but not all of them. Refined carbs like white flour, rice, and sugar are the ones to limit while complex carbs like quinoa, oats, whole-wheat pasta, whole-grain bread, and brown rice should be consumed for sure to lose weight faster. These food items are full of protein that’ll give you energy and fiber that will keep you full. You need to watch portions of the complex carbs since they aren’t calorie-free, but you definitely shouldn’t ditch all carbs in the name of weight loss.
Exercise is Most Important
You can burn around 250 calories in a 30-minute jog which is surely going to help you in losing weight faster…. But is the only way to burn calories?? No! If you can’t exercise because of any reason, you can still lose weight. It just means you have to be willing to eat less and cut calories in your diet instead. If you do skip out on workouts, keep active in other ways — it’s important for so many other reasons like heart health, stress relief, and better sleep.
While portion control does play an important role in weight loss, you don’t have to be rigid about measuring everything. There are tons of foods you can eat as much as you want and not measure a single bite like salad greens, peppers, celery, and cucumbers. If your daily diet seems too strict, try to include foods like these that you can munch on without worrying about how much you’re eating.
Do Not’s On Your Weight Loss Journey
Though it is not difficult to work out after having a bowl of your favorite spicy noodles, it is important to consider that spicy foods stimulate the digestive system and may cause heartburn, which is not what you want during a workout. It is recommended to avoid the consumption of any sort of spicy foods for up to 24 hours before to give the GI tract a rest and go for easy-to-digest, less spicy foods before a workout session.
Alcohol/ Alcoholic Beverages
It is advised to stay away from alcohol if you really want to shed off those pounds. Alcoholic beverages should be avoided as they have diuretic properties plus are dehydrating in nature, and they further suppress fat oxidation, which makes it harder to achieve body composition goals. Not to mention that working out under the influence of any type of alcohol can be hazardous too!
Desserts are a big no when you are going for a workout session all because they are high in fats like oils, shortening, cream, and butter and you would not want your body to eat something like this when you’re about to engage in a workout session to make it better.
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