The New Year started, and you have started one of your new year’s resolutions to lose weight. I will provide some guidelines and tips to help you keep track of those pounds and move toward the right direction in your weight loss plan. First, get a notebook and pencil to keep a daily journal and schedule of everything you eat and do throughout the day. It will help you check to see if you are making any progress or if you need to make some changes in order to make progress.
Tip#1: Don’t eat dinner or snack after 7:00pm. If you had a long and busy day, and missed your lunches or dinner, then try to fill up on water, herb tea, fruits and/or vegetables. Chew the fruits and/veggies as slowly as possible to enjoy the juicy flavor. Take your time. You are in no rush. By the time you finish, you will be ready for bed to enjoy a relaxing sleep after a healthy snack.
Tip#2: Never eat in front of the television set. If you do, you will tend to stuff your face, even if you are not hungry. Many commercials have subliminal contents embedded in them that make people crave things and certain food in order to make them spend as well as buy products. If you watch TV and you get hungry, put a tall glass of icy water filled with citrus slices and a cup of herb tea as well as some raw fruits or vegetables to munch on. Chew the veggies and fruits slowly to savor the flavor and make it last as long as possible. It will also help you eat less and you are also snacking on something healthy.
Tip#3: During the day, whether at work or leisure play, if you need a snack, choose a healthy and easy digestible snack. Don’t eat fast food or junk food. Consider protein bars, granola bars, vegan bars, or a bag of assorted nuts.
Tip#4: Pick the right workout program that works for you. To start with, choose a sport that you love and enjoy. Pick one aerobic class and one stretch class, and make sure to do them once a day as a part of your daily routine. Some classes include Kickboxing, Aerobic class, dancing classes, walking on a treadmill for at least one hour, jogging on a treadmill, cycling on a stationary bike, or swimming laps. Stretch classes include yoga, pilates, tai chi, piyo, or just meditations with some simple stretches. Or, play your favorite sport outdoors, whether jogging, riding your bicycle, swimming, or playing a sport with friends or colleagues. When you are working out at a gym, it helps your workout if you have a friend you can work out with. Time flies faster when you are chatting and working out. You will notice that you worked out longer than you expected, and you won’t even feel it that you worked out that long. So, the secret is to try to keep your mind busy when working out, whether watching your favorite television program or movie, reading a book or magazine, or chatting with friends. It might also help if you have one of those phones with headsets so you can work out and chat with someone if you don’t have anyone to work out with.
Tip#5: Arrange you daily meals to five small meals per day. Start out with a healthy breakfast of oatmeal, granola or wheat cereal with lowfat milk or soymilk. Add some fruit with the cereal, or on the side. And don’t forget your multivitamin. For lunch, eat a fruit salad with yogurt and some granola or a vegetable salad with some nuts. Add a tall glass of water, filled with ice and colorful slices of lemons, limes, and oranges to make your water have a slight citrus flavor. For snack, eat a whole apple, grapefruit, half of a cantaloupe, banana, or any other fruit. You can also create a colorful fruit salad and place in a small bowl. If you want to make it sweeter, add a little bit of honey. For dinner, consider soy meat. Add some cooked vegetables, preferably steamed, as well as some soup and crackers. To make your food tastier, add olive oil, garlic, herbs and spices.
Keep drinking water through out the day as well as during your five meals in order to make sure you drink at least eight glasses of water per day.