Although weight loss plans vary a bit, they all have one thing in common: The main goal is to burn more calories than you consume. Once you create a calorie deficit, your body is forced to burn fat stores. This results in weight loss.
Grilled food often offers a healthier dining option than other choices, such as frying. Even so, there definitely ways to add unnecessary calories to grilled meals. If you’re planning a cookout this summer, follow these tips to keep your fare healthy, balanced, and appropriate for your weight loss plan.
If you’re working to get in better shape, or you’re following a weight loss plan, you’re probably anxious to see some results. Many people rely on the number on the scale, but this can be problematic in many cases. For one thing, hormones and “water weight” can cause our weight to fluctuate by a few pounds. And, if you’re working out a lot, you might build muscle tissue. You could still be burning fat and losing weight, but then a few pounds might be added back due to increased muscle tone. This can make it difficult to gauge your success by simply stepping on the scale.
Prepping your meals is one of the best ways to stick to a weight loss plan and succeed. So, we definitely encourage you to plan ahead, pack lunches, and have dinner prepped before you even walk through the door in the evenings. But we’ve noticed a few mistakes that seem to be quite common, and wanted to caution you about these four potential pitfalls of meal planning.
Getting started on a weight loss plan can feel overwhelming. You’re learning about portion sizes and nutrition, and your grocery bill might change a bit, too. But don’t worry; you can still eat healthfully on a budget. Try these four tips to cut your food costs a bit, while still reaching your health and fitness goals.
You already know the old rule: Drink 8 glasses of water each day to stay hydrated. Proper hydration aids digestion, protects you from various health problems, and can even be a lifesaver during hot summer months. But it will also help you to succeed at your weight loss plan, since hydration helps the body to function correctly and burn calories.
Cravings can happen to anyone, but they seem to strike more often when we’re following a weight loss plan. Maybe that’s because the forbidden fruit seems more alluring, or simply because you’re running a calorie deficit so you’re hungrier right now. Whatever the reason, battling cravings can present a challenge: Is it ever okay to give in to your cravings, and when? And how?
Menopause brings a host of unwelcome changes for most women, but many of them (like hot flashes or mood swings) are at least transitory. Perhaps the most annoying change is the one that sticks around – your midsection, that is. Why does menopause tend to trigger weight gain, particularly around the midsection, and what can you do about it?
Many people believe that in order to get a good cardiovascular workout, and burn a lot of calories in a reasonable period of time, you must take up running a mile or two per day. Luckily for those who don’t enjoy running, this isn’t true at all. In fact, some forms of exercise offer an even greater calorie burn.