If you want to know how to lose 10 pounds easily then this is the article for you. Losing weight is something many of us face at one time in our lives.
Many people want to lose the bulge after the Christmas holidays, as this is a time when we pig out and do not care about the consequences. For others it is an all year battle and can come about for many reasons. Whatever the reasons for wanting to lose weight, there is no denying that weight loss can seem like a tough challenge.
Luckily weight loss doesn’t have to be difficult and only becomes difficult when we do not take the time to plan and prepare for what lies ahead. Some of us just choose to jump right in and think that by making healthier choices we can lose weight. It isn’t as simple as that.
You can eat healthier foods but still maintain your weight because you haven’t reduced your calories. This is why it becomes important to plan and to have a proper look at your diet. You have gotten yourself into such habits that you may not even be able to clearly recollect what you have eaten without writing things down for the day!
Anyway, this article will give you 6 tips to helping you get on track to losing weight effortlessly. Small changes and taking things day by day can have a huge impact on your waistline in a good way.
1. Be Clear About Your Calorie Intake
Most people do not know how many calories they are eating or how much they are overeating by. They think by simply changing what they eat to healthier choices they can start losing weight. It isn’t as simple as that. Although it is best not to obsess over calories, it is important to really see the scope of your problem. Spend a good few days writing down everything you eat and drink.
Once you have done this you can use an online site such as nutridiary.com (which is entirely free, all you have to do is sign up) to work out out how many calories you are consuming. It will also make your aware of how much you are overeating too. This is a really good exercise as it gives you clarity. Most people severely underestimate how much they are really consuming and also leave out calorie-dense drinks. This way you can’t hide from the truth.
2. Make Small Changes
Another great thing about seeing exactly what you are eating and drinking is that it allows you to see where you can make easy calorie cuts. Small changes can have a huge impact on your weight loss success so don’t discount them.
They are also more likely to remain permanent changes and thus ensuring you do not fall about into bad habits. Small changes can include simple things like cutting out calorie-dense drinks and sticking to water only. You could also treat yourself to home squeeze orange juice instead of store bought rubbish that is just sugar and no nutrition.
3. Eat More Raw Foods
Raw food should really make up the bulk of everyone’s diet. Unfortunately we are stuck in the mantra of needing 5 a day to be healthy but 5 pieces of fruit and vegetables is a far cry from what we really need to be consuming. Fruits and vegetables can provide the body with all the nutrients it needs – you may find that hard to believe but it is true.
To incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet the best way to do it is gradually and to not interfere too much with what you are already eating. Try eating fruit for breakfast. To make sure you are getting enough you could make a fruit smoothie. A simple smoothie would be 5 bananas plus a little water blended.
To add a little extra you could also add some berries into the mix. A fruit smoothie is a great way to start the day. On top of this you could also try to eat 1-5 pieces of fruit before every meal. Each as much as you desire.
Fruit is so good for you and gives you quick easy energy. Eating fruit before your meals is like eating your dessert first. Fruit before a meal will not only give you quick energy but it will also help leave you with a feel of satiation after your main meal.
Most people find that they overeat because they are looking for that extra something (usually sweet). This can also result in snacking in the evening. Instead opt for fruit beforehand and you will be pleasantly surprised if you eat enough.
As for vegetables, a huge salad daily is a great way to get your vegetables in. When I first started incorporating more vegetables into my diet I used to make vegetable curries and vegetable dishes. I would also make a huge salad and mix it in witrh my main meal. This worked great especially when I was eating homemade soup.
4. Go Low Fat
Too much fat in the diet can cause an array of problems including heart disease and Candida infections (usually sugar gets blamed unfairly here). We only really need up to 10% of our calories to be fat, but in the Western world the amount of calories we get from fat can be over 30%. This isn’t good for us and is evident by the increasing amount of disease we have.
The WHO recommends 10% fat from calories and many Doctors and health experts around the world agree. Great ways to cut fat can include cutting down on dairy and meat consumption. Try cutting out dairy completely (which isn’t necessary for the diet) and opting to eat meat only on weekends. This way you can help cut a lot of the fat out of your diet. Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables will also help reduce the fat percentage in your diet.
5. Drink More Water
Water is so important for health and vitality. When one is dehydrated they become tired and lethargic. You only have to be a tiny bit dehydrated to feel these effects. Unfortunately, most people especially if they are overweight, are dehydrated.
So drink more water and make sure you are peeing clearly at least 7-10 times a day. Cutting out caffeine will also help keep you hydrated and fresh for the day. Eating more raw foods is also a great way to contribute to your water intake.
6. Enjoy exercise
Besides your diet, movement and exercise are also important factors to living a happy healthy life and losing the weight. Most people dread the exercise part because they think they have to join a gym or do things that they really wouldn’t enjoy. If you don’t enjoy it don’t do it and find something you do enjoy.
Movement is really important for overall well being as well as weight loss so finding something you enjoy is crucial especially as if you don’t enjoy it you won’t keep it in your life long term. Exercise can be running around the garden with your children, using a trampoline, going for walks, trying different dance classes out each week etc etc.
The possibilities are endless. As long as it is fun, then there is no stopping you!
There are many other things you can do to ensure a healthier lifestyle and a lighter life but these are great starting points and are easier to do then full blown changing the way you eat and live overnight.