Many people want to lose weight quickly. No one wants to wait months to see significant results so they often turn to diet pills and crash diets. However, these methods--while they may work in the short-term--tend to result in weight gain over time. Here are some ways to lose weight that will keep weight down for more than just a short period.
Find a friend to work out with. Working out by yourself is boring. Finding a friend to walk, run, or hit the gym with, will improve the experience drastically. Aside from the mutual encouragement, having a friend exercise with you will make the time feel as if it is going by much faster. Try to avoid any fad diets, like 30-day programs or diets that prohibit eating whatsoever, i.e. liquid diets. While these types of programs might produce short-term results, they do absolutely nothing to get at the root causes of why people gain weight in the first place. In other words, they're worthless. When taking on a new weight-loss program, it is important to reward yourself for your success and perseverance! Many of us are wired to think of food as a reward, so it is time to think more creatively. Getting a new outfit can be a real motivator as you watch the pounds slip off and are able to drop a size or two. Treat yourself to a facial or specialty spa treatment for some pampering and girl-time. Shopping with friends or a "girls-night-out" may be your idea of fun! Whatever it is that makes you feel special and pampered will be a great reward for you!
A good way to lose weight is to eat six small meals a day instead of the usual three. By eating six smaller meals, you'll never feel hungry, which means you'll be less likely to snack on junk food. Eating this way has also been proven to boost your metabolism. Skip adding condiments to your meal and save calories. Things like mustard, ketchup and mayo can add calories to your meal and make it harder to lose weight over time. Just by skipping the calories in small things like this can help you lose up to 10 pounds a year. Slow down your eating. A lot of people tend to eat quite rapidly, but this doesn't give your stomach time to signal to the brain that you are actually full. That process can take up to 20 minutes. Try to chew each bite of food at least 20 times, and put down your eating utensils while chewing. If you are eating something with your hands, put the food down after each bite. While eating, be sure to drink some water, as this will slow you down, and also help to fill you up.
Losing weight naturally can take some time, but natural methods are ultimately safer, healthier and more effective over time. Consider these tips in your daily life and apply them when you can. These weight loss tips will help you slim down and keep the weight off for the rest of your life.