Tackling obesity is a challenge. New year’s eve is almost here and many of you will be including a common new year resolution: you will lose weight.
However, it’s easier said than done. The enthusiasm to be “slimmer” diminishes as time passes and as the dopamine rush decreases. Soon you realize that the new year isn’t “new” anymore and now you have entered the phase of normalcy.
But despite all the procrastination, losing weight is a must. When obesity starts messing up with are health in daily routine, we cannot help but compromise. What we need are two things: consistency and practical tips on how to lose weight.
Carrying excess body weight can increase the risk of serious health problems, including heart diseases, hypertension (high blood pressure), and type 2 diabetes.
Here are some of the feasible tips for losing weight:
Skip sugary beverages
Studies show that added sugar consumption promotes obesity. Cutting sugar and especially in drinks would be easy since drinks dont make you feel full. Replace the beverages high in sugar with sparkling water or unsweetened tea.
Include vegetables in your diet
Vegetables have several properties that make them effective for weight loss. They contain very less calories but a lot of fiber. Besides, veggies have essential minerals and vitamins that help your body improve metabolism and gradually burn belly fat.
Physical training strengthens and builds muscles. Initial workout sessions build lean muscle tissues that burn more calories. Training 3-4 times per week can have a huge impact not just on weight but also on one’s posture and functioning.
Drink and “eat” more water
Drinking enough water can help you combating indigestion issues like bloating. That being said, food items having higher content of water should also be an important part of your daily diet. Include vegetables and fruits such as cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelon, asparagus, grapes, celery, artichokes, pineapple, and cranberries. Any food that basically had diuretic properties will help you a lot in losing weight.
Add more fibre
Increased intake of dietary fiber normalizes bowel movements and assists the body’s metabolism to work more efficiently. It also said to be beneficial for lowering cholesterol levels. Dietary fibre can also slow the absorption of sugar and help improve blood sugar levels. A healthy diet that includes insoluble fiber may also reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Apart from the diet components to add in diet to live a healthy life, here’s how you can stick to a healthier diet plan for a long time:
- Think about what really motivates you to lose weight/diet/exercise. Once you sync with your inner instinct, it will be much easier for you to follow your diet consistently.
- Set realistic diet goals and make small changes instead of jumping to bigger goals. Pick one food component and include/exclude the food item accordingly, instead of following an entire diet plan and being overwhelmed by it.
- Track your progress in a journal that will help you know where you exactly stand.
- Be patient. It will take time for you to adjust to your healthy food schedule.