By now, you know that cutting back on your caloric intake is one of the two major keys to weight loss (the other being exercise). But that doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to meals you don’t enjoy, or go hungry all of the time! There are plenty of small, sneaky ways to cut back on calories without drastically altering your entire lifestyle (of course, if you want to lose a significant amount of weight, you should still seek a doctor’s guidance). These seven calorie swaps can get you started.
We all talk about switching over to a better lifestyle, including more exercise and healthy meals, but many of us find those changes difficult to actually make. One reason is that our food choices become habit and we’re attached to our favorite meals. It’s hard to imagine that healthy meals can taste as good or feel as fulfilling.
Talk about “healthy eating” with just about anyone, and you’re likely to hear groans. Many people feel that eating healthfully can’t also be fun. Aren’t most of the “bad” foods also the tasty ones?
Whether you’re following a weight loss plan, or simply want to maintain your current weight, your appetite often has other ideas. It’s not realistic to depend solely upon willpower, for months or years at a time, because no one could be expected to simply say “no” to their hunger forever. Instead, finding methods of appetite control that work for you will be key to your long-term success. These ideas might surprise you, but have been proven to work for many people.
Often, when people embark on a weight loss plan, they tend to focus on the “how”. How will I accomplish this, they ask themselves. Must of their plans revolve around creating healthy menus, eliminating unhealthy foods, counting calories, joining exercise programs, tracking progress, and so on. And it’s true that you can’t reach a destination without making or accessing a map first!
You would think that losing weight will simply result in the need for a new wardrobe… But in reality, many of our patients report changes in other areas of their lives too! Sometimes these are positive changes, and sometimes they are a bit odd or even a tad frightening. You might experience a few of these things yourself. Try to stay focused on the healthy goals you’ve set for yourself, but definitely talk to us at your next appointment if anything is bothering you.
It seems every few months or so, a new buzzword comes around in the health and fitness world. Lately we’ve been hearing a lot of people say that they want to “eat clean”, and crediting “clean eating” to all sorts of miraculous progress such as weight loss or improved immune function. And while the intentions are in the right place, there’s one reason you might not want to focus too much on this trend…
Sure, you’d love to compete in Iron Man competitions, but that’s a tad unrealistic for a lot of people. Either you’re just getting started with an exercise regimen, or you simply don’t have the kind of time needed to train for something so serious. And of course, not everyone is interested in that sort of thing. You just want to look and feel healthier, not spend hours per day training.
Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly are two of the biggest piece of the weight loss puzzle. It certainly helps if you follow both of these plans consisently! But most of us spend hours per day sitting at a desk, and that can slow our metabolisms (and our weight loss results). So if you’re looking for ways to boost your daily calorie burn, you’re in luck. Check out the following tips, that almost anyone can squeeze into their daily routine.
For many of us, “exercise” sounds like an odious task. It’s something we put behind us in high school, after completing our physical education requirements, and we haven’t thought about it since. A walk to the mailbox or a few laps around a shopping mall in December are about all the exercise we ever contemplate these days.