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After the over indulgence of December and the Christmas period, many of us turn a new leaf for the New Year and aim to lose some weight. For many this new regime is a promising one and can yield great results if you know where to start.
One of the most important things about your new weight regime is to set realistic goals, or targets. Losing a large amount of weight over a short period may seem great in the immediate future; however, such weight loss is very hard to keep up and also keep off, and once you return to your old ways you will end up putting in back on nearly as fast as it came off.
Set a realistic goal of around two pounds a week for weight loss. This will allow you to do so quite easily, while also ensure that you keep the excess off in the long term too. Losing weight over a short period result in much of what is lost being water, vitamins, bone density, protein and other essentials and is bad for health.
Take Something Up
Though you’ll be giving up your favorite treats, you should also take something up. Sport and exercise speed up the metabolic rate and allow you to burn off the calories at a quicker pace. This increases the speed of weight loss. It also means you to tone up and build muscle density, and so you look and feel better. Look into classes at local sports centres, go for a walk, or play on a sports team in your area to aid loss.
Preparation is one of the keys to eating properly and losing weight. Plan your meals for the week and do one large shop in preparation. This will ensure that you don’t have to go to the supermarket and aren’t tempted by the sugary and sweet snacks there. You can also plan a number of healthy meals for your week.
Try avoid Carbohydrates and Fats
Carbohydrates and fat are the greatest cause of weight gain. For people who aren’t extremely active, such as components of food are not necessary in large amounts. Of course if you are exercising you will need some carbohydrates for energy – however, reducing the intake of these will aid weight loss. You should also try and eat foods, which are below 4 per cent in fat. To determine this, look at the amount of fat per 100g on the side of the pack. If it is above 4g per 100g try to avoid it.
Eating fibre rich food is a great way to aid weight loss. Foods that have a high amount of fibre, such as vegetables keep you fuller longer. Vegetables are also low in sugars and fat generally and high in minerals and vitamins, meaning you can eat a large amount of, them, and they have less calorie impact than many other foods.
Drinking plenty of water will also aid your weight loss and ensure you feel healthier. Drink at least two litres of water per day to remain hydrated, more if exercising. This will make your skin look better, flush out those Christmas toxins and will also make you feel fuller, so you don’t eat as much. Water is also calorie free.
When beginning your New Year weight loss regime, remain balanced, follow these rules and be patient, and you shall succeed.
About the Author: Josie Harper currently writes for 121doc.co.uk who specialise in a range of online medication.
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