The Secret to Common Sense Weight Loss
The secret to weight loss is a simple one: in order to lose weight, you must burn more calories than you take
in. Plus you must eat a sensible diet to help you achieve weight loss.
How Many Calories = 1 Pound?
Calories that are not burned are stored as fat, and start to add up, especially around the waist, hips, and
thighs. A pound is equivalent to 3500 calories, so it doesn't take too many fast-food binges before you start to
notice your jeans don't fit as comfortably.
What is Your BMI?
Before you start taking steps toward weight loss, it is important to find out what your healthy ideal body
weight should be.
However, remember that each person is shaped differently, and the ideal body image for one person is not the
same for another. Women, especially, may find they look and feel their best when 5 pounds heavier ,or 5 pounds
lighter, than their recommended body weight.
Check your Body Mass Index to get an idea of what is a healthy weight for your height and body type, but don't
fixate on the number. It is just a guide.
In order to lose weight, become accountable for every piece of food that passes your lips.
A healthy lifestyle does not mean you cannot eat your favorite fattening foods, but it does mean you need to own
up to it when you do. Knowing how many calories, grams of fat , and carbohydrates are in everything you eat helps
shine a light on exactly how much you're eating.
Many Americans actually consume twice the number of calories than what they estimate. Fortunately, as we become
more health-conscious, more restaurants and grocery stores are providing nutritional information, helping you
become aware of your diet.
Common Sense Eating
Many identify the need to lose weight and respond by dramatically cutting calories. Unfortunately, crash dieting
and excessive calorie restriction doesn't work in the long-term, and those who use these methods to shed pounds
actually end up gaining weight as soon as normal eating habits are resumed.
Most individuals can improve their metabolisms by eating smaller portions, at more frequent intervals.
The standard three-squares-a-day method often leads to feeling pressure to avoid snacks, and then binging on
calories at mealtime. Breaking your daily calories up into small portions, every few hours, curbs hunger and speeds
If you do feel the need to eat larger meals now and then, eat a larger breakfast, and progressively downsize so
that dinner is the smallest meal of the day, and is eaten at least four hours before bedtime.
Sensible Choice of Foods
There are countless tips and helpful pieces of advice that can help you in reaching your weight loss goals, but
the simple truth is that only the willingness to work toward a healthy lifestyle and directly address issues with
food, exercise, and body image will help you reach your goal.
One of the best ways to eat sensibly is to apply the glycemic index concept in choosing the foods you eat and
the proportion of different types of foods. The Stop Failing Diets
eBook can empower you to achieve your goal of losing and keeping off weight, while feeling better and
Also, like any difficult goal and achievement, weight loss is as much of a mental battle as a physical one. Once
you convince yourself that you can and are able to overcome the obstacles that is making you fail your diets, then
those obstacles to success are no longer as daunting as they were before.