Many diets claim that if you follow their diet plan, you can lose dramatic
amounts of weight in a short period of time. While this may be true for many of
these fad diets, most dieters end up re-gaining the weight after they quit the
Most diet experts agree that for lasting weight loss, the most effective method
is a slow and healthy diet combined with exercise. To lose weight, you must
consume fewer calories than you expend. One pound of human weight contains 3500
calories. To lose one pound, a dieter must cut this many calories from their
diet or burn them off through exercise.
Let’s think about this for a minute. This can be very simple. If you divide 3500
/ 7 (days of the week) you come up with 500 calories. You need to be in a 500
caloric deficit per day to lose 1 pound per week or 52 pounds per year. You can
exercise an additional 500 calories off per day, eat 500 calories a day less or
combine the two methods.
5.Don't Eat So Much
Too many people have a tendency to eat out at restaurants. Yes, I know you
had to because of the anniversary or because of a best friends bachelor party
but too often we stretch and justify eating out when we didn’t need to.
Also, be aware that there are a lot of menus that have misconceptions about
the calorie and carbohydrate content in their food as well.
So just because ABC restaurant says the bacon macaroni and cheese meal has
only 360 calories, does not mean that it is always true. If something does not
seem right, it probably isn’t.
4. Fill up on Salad
One of the most common "diet foods" is salad. Many dieters eat the wrong
types of salads. Full-fat dressing, full-fat cheese, bacon bits, and other high
add-ins that are high in fat and calories can make your salad more caloric than
a Burger King Whopper.
People prefer this over a Whopper because they find it MORE TASTY, and that
is simply because FAT tastes GREAT!!
To lighten up your salad, stick with low fat cheese and low fat dressing or
Stay away from salad bars and try to order one off the menu. Salad bars are
too tempting and you end up creating a bigger salad than you need.
3. Reduce Portion Sizes
This seems like the most obvious tip for weight loss. Many dieters are worried
that they will be too hungry or otherwise unsatisfied if they reduce their meals
sizes. Slow down while eating. Hungry people eat quicker and then their body
takes too long to signal that they are full.
Just because you eat quicker doesn’t mean you need to eat more. If you put a
little less on your plate, or take a few less bites each meal, the calorie
reduction can really add up. Chances are, you won’t even miss that last little
The signal from gut to brain takes some time so I suggest taking
MORE time to finish your meal, then with a little bit more time you will feel
more full and satisfied.
As a trainer, I see excuses weekly if not daily. I have heard everything from
“I’m sick”, “I didn’t get enough sleep last night", “I am too busy today”, to “I
want a fresh start on MONDAY!!”
Surprisingly, the only excuse I have yet to hear “My dog ate my home work."
I understand if you live far away from your fitness center, but you always
have your two feet and a flat floor even if it was a long walk with some pushups
If you were to substitute these simple exercises every day throughout the
year that you made excuses for, then you would see a big difference.
1. Prepare Foods Differently
goes along with choosing healthier foods. If you replace your French fries for
baked or roasted potato, for example, you can eat much more of them.
If you grill your chicken rather than frying it, you will save many calories.
These are just a couple of the nearly endless ways to cut calories from your
diet. If you stick to these simple, no-nonsense tips then the weight will come
Hormone injections, fast quick weight loss diets are not a long term fix. It
is frustrating to hear people use these practices when they are short-term
fixes, but many more people are becoming aware of this and realize that lifelong
activity and proper eating habits are the only way to look and feel good