Posted on: 24 February 2015Share
Losing weight can be difficult, especially as you age. Trying to fit exercise into your busy schedule, and healthy eating while on the go can be hard at times. The longer you allow your body to put on excess weight, the harder it will be to take it off and to change those bad habits to which you've become accustomed. See below for some weight loss tips to help you reach your goals.
Adding snacks in between meals such as mid-morning and mid-afternoon can help to increase your metabolism. Snacking at these times can also help make you less hungry at your regular meal times, so you're less likely to overeat. Choose healthy snacks, such as almonds, fruits, vegetables, tuna and whole grain crackers.
Drink Plenty Of Water
Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will help keep you hydrated and will make you feel more energized. Replace a soda or two with water instead throughout your day. Drinking water will also help keep you full, which will again make you less hungry at mealtimes.
Make Healthier Choices
Replacing your unhealthy choices with healthier ones will also help you to lose weight. Replace regular white potatoes with sweet potatoes. Replace fried or breaded foods with grilled foods, such as chicken, fish and shrimp. Eat fresh vegetables when possible, rather than canned.
You may not notice how much you are eating when you eat too fast. Take a minute in between bites, take a sip of water in between bites and just slow it down. You'll notice more of what you're eating and will in turn eat less. Also, get rid of distractions like the television when eating. This way again you will pay more attention to how much you are eating.
Exercise is key when losing weight. You don't have to run out and get a gym membership just yet, simply make a few extra changes to your lifestyle. Take the stairs, rather than the elevator or escalator. Park in a far away parking spot, rather than a close one. Take a daily walk, and increase your walk in speed and length every week. When you feel more comfortable with exercising, you can begin using hand weights, ride your bike, or start jogging. Be sure to talk to your physician before beginning an exercise routine.
Losing weight doesn't have to include fad diets. It's simple lifestyle changes, eating the proper serving sizes, exercising more, and making healthier choices. Remember, losing weight doesn't happen overnight. It will take some time, so be patient in your weight loss goals and be realistic in order to make your weight loss a success.