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.

Become Accountable

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 up metabolism.

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 more energetic.

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.

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