5 Things to Avoid If You Want to Lose Weight

Sunday, June 14, 2009 0:45

Skipping breakfast may seem to be a good idea , and indeed that seems to be the case for quite a lot of dieters. Some people just do not feel like eating from the first moment they wake up, while others see it as an easy way to avoid a few calories.

The problem with this though is that it is actually counterproductive to avoid breakfast. In fact, studies have revealed that far from causing you to lose calories skipping breakfast can greatly increase your chances of gaining weight.

There are several reasons for this. One of the main ones is that breakfast acts to fire up the body’s metabolism for the rest of the day. By delaying this process you will be less energetic and less able to cope with processing the foodstuffs and snacks that enter your body at a later time in the day

Also those who skip this very important meal at the start of tyhe day, tend to end up eating more towards the end of it. Try to make sure that your breakfast is a healthy one avoiding fatty and processed foods, such as bacon or sausages. Stick to wholegrain cereals, whole meal bread, fruit and boiled eggs.

No Plan Of Action

A lot of people fall at the first hurdle because they do not develop a plan of attack. Making the commitment to lose weight is one thing but if you do not know how you are going to proceed with achieving your goals then how do you expect to reach them ?

Many people often fail to succeed with their diet because they do not have a plan. This is a shame because there are so many people who start off motivated and end up losing it without knowing exactly why

Things to consider are how much weight you want to lose? The different food strategies you are going to employ. Possible obstacles along the way etc. Without a plan there is a strong chance that your motivation gives way to procrastination and failure.

Dieting does not mean the same thing as starving yourself. It is very easy to fall in to the trap of thinking that a dieting is a form of deprivation. Worse than that is the idea that starving yourself is the only sure fire way to ensure weight loss success.

Not only can starving yourself lead to feelings of deprivation it also has a significant impact on the metabolism. The body’s metabolism begins to slow down – alerting the brain to the need for sustenance and energy. This will in turn lead to overwhelming compulsions to binge on quick fix’s in order to get calories into the body.

The key to dieting is quite simple – eating a variety of different foodstuffs that are not processed or high in sugars and fat. Learn to fill up on what is good for you and construct a diet plan based on the huge variety of good foodstuffs out there.

Sadly, despite lots of advice out there about it, not enough people looking to lose weight are drinking enough water. Water is an excellent weight loss tool and here is why. A common misinterpretation of the body’s warning signals is the feeling of thirst. The feeling of dehydration is very easily confused as hunger pangs.

As an experiment next time you have hunger pangs – soon after you have already eaten – drink a glass of water. You should find that your cravings subside considerably.

In addition, getting enough water either directly or from fruit and veg assists your metabolism in burning up calories quicker. Remember that if you are really serious about losing weight then maintaining water levels is a really big help.

A lot of weight loss plans fail when the individual gets frustrated from a lack of immediate benefit. The issue here often seems to be that the initial expectations of the weight loss regime are set too high. Failure to reach these goals leads to dejection, anxiety and eventual reluctance to continue the plan.

One way around this of course is to set more realistic or smaller goals. Accept that nothing happens overnight and that any move in the right direction is better than the opposite scenario.

You should also think about the immediate benefits gained from exercise. Think about how more energetic and alert you feel during exercise and afterwards. Think of the other benefits you may notice such as better sleep. Remember – there is a lot more to exercise than just weight loss.

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