It may seem nearly impossible to lose weight. There are too many fad diets to fall prey to that don’t work, or not very well. What works for one person is not guaranteed to work for another, so it is important to develop a plan that meets your individual needs. The piece that follows is meant to help you sort out what is effective and what is not.
French fries are a very addictive snack to have during the day. Unfortunately, they cause problems for many people who are trying to lose weight. If you must have french fries, try to bake them. Create 1/2″ wedges or fries and toss them with a tablespoon of oil, a bit of salt and pepper, and your favorite herbs. Spread them out on a baking sheet, and pop in a 400 degree oven for a half hour. Loosen with a spatula, turn, and bake another 10 min. or so. These can be eaten with ketchup just like French fries, but you won’t miss the deep-fried calories. Thanks to Laurel’s Kitchen cookbook for these “French Bakes”!
Drink more water so that you are less hungry, can lose some water weight. Cut down on solid food, and drink a minimum of 1/2 gallon of water each day, and you’ll lose water weight over a week’s time. This is not permanent fat loss, but you could use it once to kick-start a weight loss plan.
When you have cravings, do not disregard them entirely. Junk food is very good but is bad for you. If you crave junk food, it can be worse when you are dieting. Don’t give in to the urge to eat unhealthy foods, but don’t deny yourself completely either. You can ease the craving with a low calorie substitute that will satisfy you and enable you to stay on track.
You can easily keep track of your progress by taking pictures of yourself both before and after a certain amount of time. This is a much more graphic way to acknowledge the newer thinner you rather than simply reading a number on the scale. You can also use these photos to show your family and friends how you are progressing.
weight loss doesn’t happen overnight and it can sometimes be difficult. Oftentimes, the difficulty stems from very unrealistic goals that ruin morale as they are impossible to achieve. If you listen to these tips, a healthier lifestyle is just around the corner.