Thursday, January 17, 2008

7 Weight Loss Tips To Slim You Up

7 Weight Loss Tips To Slim You Up by G D Holdon

1. Eat a balanced diet
Eating each meal in order from healthiest to least healthy foods. That means eat your fruit or vegetables before you eat anything else. Eat as much of them as you want, then eat a couple of servings of your whole grains, nuts and seeds. Next, eat your frozen or canned foods. After that, if you have any hunger left, enjoy a serving of dessert.

2. Watch your Sugar
Your body does need some sugar, but it is minimal. The excess sugar that you take in is turned into fat. Learn to read labels and really watch your sugar. Keeping your intake to about 12 grams of sugar each meal or snack is a good rule.

3. Drink Lots of Water
Your body needs water for a variety of functions. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and cut out sodas. Even diet sodas can cause you to bloat and retain water. You should also watch fruit juice because they are often packed with sugar.

4. Eat Fresh
Prepared and processed foods like canned foods are just not good for you. Most are packed with sodium and other additives that you really don't want in your body. Your best bet is to eat fresh. Shop the produce department, meat department and dairy. Only venture down the aisles for spices, brown rice, dried beans and whole wheat pasta.

5. Exercise
Consistent exercise is one of the top weight loss tips for long term success. Make sure that you get a good combination of aerobic and weight bearing exercises. Walking is a great aerobic exercise, but whatever you choose to do, make sure that you get your heart rate up and keep it up for 20 to 30 minutes. Do this at least three times a week.

6. Eat!
If you want to lose weight, you have to eat. Eating three small meals and two or three snacks each day will keep your metabolism stable. Without the ups and downs (mostly the downs) of your metabolism, your weight will begin to drop off and you will soon notice that your jeans are looser.

7. Balance your Diet
It is important that you eat a balanced diet of fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, lean meats and dairy. Steer away from canned foods and foods that have been processed. Remember, fresh is best!

These weight loss tips will help you shed the pounds in no time, just make sure that before you start and weight loss program you should first check with your doctor to make sure everything is OK. These are the keys to long term weight loss. It is a lifestyle change so you have a better chance of keeping the weight off.

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