There are many of us who are caught in the trap of losing weight. We try to perform exhaustive exercises in a gym or at home, undertake crash dieting and get into the figure we have in our minds for the best friend’s wedding or just before Christmas. However soon after Christmas the loads of cakes, pastries and candies call for a nuisance when the body regains more than the weight lost before the festivity. This is nothing but a vicious cycle which we get into every year and spend a few months getting out of.

However, now we can comfortably put an end to these vicious traps. The art of losing weight is more than a science and a little of an art. It is not only about burning calories and storing less of them. The main ideology behind the science of losing weight is to do so consistently and to imbibe these habits for a lifetime. This requires a change in lifestyle and these changes can’t be very drastic in nature. Some tips which call for changes in food and lifestyle habits are described below which would help most of us lose weight healthily, without sacrificing anything and avoiding exertion to an uncomfortable extent too.

1. You can eat a double portion of your meal, if you load it with plenty of fresh vegetables. Not only will this be very healthy for you but also make for a more satisfying meal and that too without adding any extra calories to your daily intake.

2. You can cut down approximately 100 calories a day, if you reduce a can of soda or eat one cookie less. This way you will not need to suppress your cravings nor binge on high calorie foods.

3. Studies show that irrespective of how hungry you may feel, you tend to eat what is laid on the table. So more food in front of you means the more you will eat. Thus it would be better if you switch from your regular dinner plates to salad plates. The same applies to the huge coffee mugs and glasses.

4. Avoid drinking coffee from coffee joints, since they are packed with loads of sugar, cream and calories. Instead revert to ordinary coffee made with skimmed milk or low fat powder milk.

Drinks are a basic necessity for everyone of us. A slight change in our preference for drinks can do wonders on our body. Lets have a look at a few of these tips:

Good Drink Options Your Family Will Enjoy

Water. Whether it is flat or fizzy, flavored or plain, water is a fundamental component of your family fitness plan and is the perfect beverage for everyone. It helps to fill you up and is important for many bodily functions. There are many drinks masquerading as water that still have sugar or artificial sweeteners added. Check to be sure the label lists no calories or artificial sweeteners so you get the real deal. Show your kids that the ever-present water bottles that lots of pro athletes, teenagers, and health-conscious young adults carry with them are healthy and cool! Here are some ideas for making water more appealing to your kids.

  • Have plenty of flavored seltzer waters available as an alternative to plain water.
  • Use fresh lemon, lime, or other citrus fruit slices in your water. Or try cucumber slices for a refreshing taste.
  • Always keep water bottles in the car or in your kids’ backpacks to encourage water consumption.

Milk. Low-fat and fat-free milk are healthful beverage alternatives. Next to water, low-fat or fat-free milk and soy milk are the best beverage options for your family. Milk contains calcium, which we often don’t get enough of, as well as protein. Soy milk is a great alternative to cow’s milk, especially if you are lactose intolerant, have problems with chronic upper respiratory infections (sinus infections or ear infections), have asthma, or are just looking to include more soy in your diet. Chocolate milk is okay for an occasional treat; just try to control the amount of chocolate added to keep the sugar under control.

100 percent fruit juice. 100 percent fruit juice is just that — it is made solely from fruit with no sugar added. Fruit juice has the added benefit of being full of the vitamins that are naturally found in fruit, such as vitamin C and folate. It’s very important to remember, however, that a serving is only 4 ounces. The typical juice box is 8 ounces, and many bottles can be up to 20 ounces. I would suggest limiting the total amount of juice for the day to 4 to 8 ounces. If 8 ounces is much less than your family is used to drinking, dilute the juice with water. Start with 25 percent water and 75 percent juice, then slowly increase the percentage of water to 50 percent. Or try mixing juice with seltzer water for a fizzy treat.

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