Losing weight is tricky. We all know we should shift that extra few pounds in order to lead a healthier lifestyle, but it is easier said than done. Let's take a look at some behind-the-scenes secrets that may help you tip that scale in the right direction:
- You don’t have to be a slave to the gym
As long as you are working off your caloric intake (or more), small bursts of different kinds of activity can be as helpful as a really intense gym session. The key is to keep it exciting. Try new types of exercise that challenge and thrill you. Adults should get at least a half an hour a day of exercise.
- Eating Healthy Doesn’t Have to Cost an Arm and a Leg!
Buying a pack of frozen veggies
is cheaper than buying a bag of fries or pizza. Swapping out fattening ingredients with healthier ones such as adding beans to a casserole instead of bacon can even be a little cheaper than eating unhealthily.
- Don’t be Fooled by “Low fat” Labels
Foods labeled “low fat” are often high in simple carbs like refined sugar, which is not a great trade-off. The label “low fat” also tends to trick people into over-indulging in these stealthily foods which leaves the person no further ahead than if they had chosen the full-fat version of the food. Not to mention the body still needs some fat for things like helping the body absorb and transport vitamins and nutrients
, however, most of this should be unsaturated fats which help with HDL (good) cholesterol as opposed to hydrogenated fats that are in “low fat” foods.
- Kick the Store-bought Weight Loss Products
These products may help you shed a pound or two initially but almost all cases the weight will pile back on with more force than ever in the long term. Many of these products are unhealthy and could cause adverse side effects such as perforation of the colon. Check out our article on Detoxes
for more information.
- Dining Out Can be Healthy
Many restaurants (yes, even fast food ones!) offer healthier alternatives now to attract healthier eaters as well as those who love burgers and fries. Fast food chains realize many Americans are opting for healthy living, so they are offering salads, a baked alternative to the usual deep-fried products, wraps and fruit smoothies (check to make sure they are made from real fruit and not high-sugar fruit flavors). Eating out occasionally won’t cause significant weight gain or sabotage your progress as long as you keep it to once every couple of weeks, or choose healthy options.
Stay tuned for the rest of our tips next! Thanks for visiting EMC.