Common Sense Diet Tips
Anyone who has tried to lose weight can testify that it is a difficult process. Dieters are bombarded with information on the proper way to lose weight resulting in confusion and poor decision making. In America alone, consumers spend billions of dollars each year on the weight loss industry yet very few ever find tangible success.
In reality, losing weight is a matter of educating yourself and understanding that it is hard work and takes incredible willpower. Here are a few simple and free tips that can help with your weight loss journey.
First, it is imperative that you keep a food journal. In this journal, write down everything you eat during the day, what the time was when you ate it and the way you are feeling at that time. After a week or so, you will have a blueprint of what you are doing wrong and if emotional eating is playing a part in your weight loss frustrations.
It is also imperative to set short term and long term goals that are reachable. Most people want to be thin overnight or lose 10 pounds in a week. Dieters must realize that patience is a virtue. Set a goal of 1 to 2 pounds weight loss every week and 5-10 pounds a month. With this approach, you will lose weight steadily and can lose anywhere from 60 -100 pounds in a year depending on your beginning body size!
One of the most overlooked and easiest ways to lose weight is to drink a ton of water every day. A minimum of 6-8 large glasses should be your goal. This will dull your appetite, making you feel full and resulting in much less food intake. Also, your body needs water for every cellular process that takes place so keeping yourself saturated will also improve your overall health.
Also, you should try finding a substitute for eating. The best substitute is activity. When you feel hunger pains, talk a walk, play with the kids, clean the house, etc. This will remove stress and burn calories at the same time. If the hunger was emotional, then you weren’t actually hungry anyway.
There are many other free and common sense tips out there for dieting. Don’t get caught up in the frenzy and spend hard earned money on pills and exercise equipment. Try the common sense approach first.