Weight Loss Begins

If you’ve been wondering just where to start your weight loss efforts, read on! Below you will find some hints and tips on how to start losing weight.

An important part of weight loss is eating in moderation. This doesn’t just mean cutting down on the food you eat. It also means reminding yourself that even treats are acceptable in moderation. A single calorie splurge, such as some French fries or a bowl of ice cream, doesn’t mean you’ve failed.

An important part of proper weight loss is to eat at least three times per day. Skipping meals only lowers your metabolism and therefore causes you to gain weight, or lose it more slowly. Make sure that you eat a healthy breakfast within 30 minutes of getting up in the morning and then another meal every 3-4 hours after that.

One weight-loss or weight-maintenance tip people have adopted is to change the size of their dishes and cutlery. We switched from the regular dinner plates to luncheon plates, and similarly, downsized our flatware to salad forks and teaspoons. As a result, our portions have become automatically smaller, and we eat less, but the plate still looks full. People who want more food, and who don’t need to lose weight, can take second helpings. But we’ve found that, psychologically, it is much more satisfying to be able to take a full plate of food, and have the freedom to eat it all, than to try to content ourselves with lonely little islands of food on large plates.

If potato chips are part of your eating routine and you are finding it difficult to give them up in your diet, look to the baked version as an alternative. They offer a lot less fat and calories and taste great.

Substituting low fat processed foods for high fat ones when trying to lose weight is a very popular idea; however, it does not always work. For example, replacing regular store bought muffins with low fat store bought muffins may make you want to eat two of the low fat muffins instead of one! The low fat ones are usually missing some of the taste of the regular muffins. Instead, try making your own muffins and other food! You will know what is going into what you are mkaing and can cut back on certain things without sacrificing taste.

If you are trying to lose weight, use the Internet! Sure, you can learn about diets online but it’s even better if you join an online weight-loss community or forum. Diet forums can help you stay motivated and offer you the opportunity to help others by sharing your own experiences. There’s an online community for nearly every diet.

To make weight loss an easy process and ensure your personal success, you should make sure you have plenty of diet-friendly foods not only on-hand, but also ready to eat in the refrigerator. Take the time to clean, cut up and store vegetables and fruits, as soon as they are brought in from the market, so they can be grabbed on the go or any time you have a craving so you aren’t even tempted to grab that bag of potato chips or box of cookies.

By now, you should be feeling ready to start losing weight. Armed with this arsenal of weight loss tips, you should be well on your way to achieving the body of your dreams.