Weight loss diet plans are easy to find, just log onto the internet and type in weight loss in your search bar, or turn on the TV and you will see ads for many weight loss centers. Often those looking to lose weight feel overwhelmed due to too many dieting plans available.
To ensure you successfully reach your goal weight with which ever weight loss plan you choose, make sure you understand and implement the following 10 best tips for successful weight loss:
1. Know what you want to achieve. Do you have a goal weight in mind or maybe you want to wear a certain dress size, is your main goal to improve you health and how you feel about yourself?
If you aren't clear on why you are beginning this journey, you won't know when you have reached your destination.
2. Choose a healthy weight loss plan. Whether you decide to join a club, buy a plan or do the research and design your own diet, make sure you keep it balanced and healthy. Don't go with anything that excludes certain nutrients or has you eating just a select few foods.
3. Don't skip meals. This can be a tough one because we understand that if we take in fewer calories than we burn we lose weight; so skipping meals can seem like the right thing to do, but it isn't. You must keep your body fueled in order to keep your metabolism up and burning calories for you. This will not happen if your body is always in hunger or starvation mode.
4. Stay away from artificial sweeteners. Even though artificial sweeteners will sweeten your foods and drinks without adding calories, they contain chemicals that can interrupt the cellular processes of the body causing weight gain.
5. Focus on all the delicious foods you can enjoy. Most dieters spend so much time thinking about what they shouldn't have on their nutritional plans instead of all the delicious foods they can have.
6. Don't eat within three hours of bed time. This can be tough if you are used to eating late at night but this is very important for two reasons.
First going to bed on an empty stomach will help ensure you wake up the next morning with an appetite so you don't skip breakfast.
Second, you are less active at night so the foods you eat won't be used for energy but most likely stored as fat. If you must eat within 3 hours of bedtime, make it a light snack of no more than 100 calories.
7. Splurge right. If you are going to give yourself a splurge meal or day, do it right. Pick the foods you want on your splurge day, place each meal on a small plate not a dinner plate and give yourself 20 minutes to sit down and enjoy your meal. The common mistake people make with cheat days is they eat huge meals all day long.
8. Add exercise to your regime but don't overdo it. If you are new to exercise, accept the fact that it is in your best interest to start off with light to moderate intensity exercise days to begin with.
You may feel like you can go all out with high intensity extreme workouts, but if you have been sedentary, chances are your joints can't handle this kind of hard work right out of the gate. Respect your body and respect your fitness level.
9. Don't give up when your weight loss slows down. Understand that when you first being a new nutrition and exercise plan the weight will come off fast at first, but for most people the weight loss will slow down.
We've all seen on The Biggest Loser that one week comes around were all of the contestants lose about 1-3 pounds right? Even though the show makes it look like the contestants aren't trying the fact is this is very natural.
10. Don't try to do it alone. If you can't get support from family and friends, join one of the many online healthy weight loss support groups.
So there you have it, 10 of the best tips for successful weight loss to help you get started on your way to a healthier, happier you.