Plan and Succeed: Tips for Your Weight Loss Journey
Summer is on it’s way, and women everywhere are doing everything they can to look fit and feel great for beach season. Although losing weight looks and sounds easy from a scientific point of view (input vs. output of caloric intake), there are several variables that can keep you from losing those extra inches on your thighs or waist.
Thanks to recent findings in weight management research, women now have a bulk of information that helps them how to lose weight fast and efficiently. An article in WebMD offers women a few calorie consumption suggestions that can help them lose those stubborn extra pounds.
One of the first rules of weight loss is to write everything down. This includes calories loss (exercise) and calories consumed (food). In theory, it sounds simple, but when it come down to it, it may be difficult to keep up. This is why it is important to keep consistent when it comes to keeping a calorie journal. Recording calories is essential to your food and exercise plan. If you “fail to plan, you’ll inevitably plan to fail”.
It’s also very important to evaluate your eating patterns. Make sure you don’t eat at night since there is no way your body can burn the calories you consumed. Nibbling could also be a pitfall in your weight loss journey. Little by little, calories can pile up, especially if you’re nibbling. Without you knowing it, you could end up consuming hundreds if not thousands of calories with “bites” and “tastes”.
By eating in regular hours, your body will get used to a schedule, accelerating metabolism and aiding weight loss. If you eat in regular hours, you may be able to prevent binging. If you need to, divide your meals into five mini-meals through the day, which should keep you satisfied.
Most have three heavier meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner, with snacks squeezed between each. Always have most calories consumed in the beginning of the day, meaning that if you have a 450 calorie meal for breakfast, make sure your dinner is of lower caloric value. Caloric value should decrease as the day passes.
Recent studies show that consuming calcium helps aid weight loss throughout the day. Dairy products (low fat or fat free recommended) help regulate metabolism and digestion because of their high concentrations of Calcium, Vitamin D and probiotics (digestion regulating microorganisms).
Researchers have seen an array of health related benefits to probiotics and probiotic supplements, one of them being weight loss. A test conducted in Japan that weighed out the benefits of probiotics demonstrated that those that consumed food that contained probiotics saw an 8.5% decrease in abdominal visceral fat, linking them to fat and weight loss.
Weight loss is more than just working out, it’s more about what you put in your body and how frequently. Most nutritionists agree that your weight loss journey will rely on twenty-five percent physical activity and seventy-five percent food (calorie) management.
There’s a whole digital world of online resources available to all who want to tailor their nutrition plan, whether you’re following a WebMD guide or a specialized plan by an online nutritionist via your health care provider.
Whatever advice you take, it’s crucial to plan and keep track of your weight loss journey. This way, you’ll be shedding those few extra pounds efficiently and safely, helping you reach your beach body goal before summer!