This article is a part of an ongoing series featuring tips and ideas I have found that have inspired me on my personal weight loss journey. I hope they do the same for you ~Meir Liraz.
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As anyone who has ever lost a lot of weight will tell you, the first 5 pounds come off easily and the last 5 are the toughest! You’re still doing all the right things - eating less and moving more - but all of a sudden it stops working. The scale won’t budge. No matter where you are in the process, hitting a stubborn weight loss plateau is frustrating. But don’t let it erode your resolve. Here are 5 quick tips to break through the plateau:
1. Adjust your caloric intake, you may be eating too few or too many.
2. Start measuring portions - they tend to get larger when we get used to eyeballing them.
3. Drink more water, eat less salt, refined sugar and refined grains.
4. Add new exercises into your routine - up the intensity of your workout.
5. Add strength training to your routine - it will boost your metabolism.
And now here are some general weight loss tips of interest from this week's crop:
Try to avoid fad diets. Many of these are not tailored to fit everybody's different nutritional and health-related needs, so doing some of these without consulting a physician can be dangerous. many leave out important daily nutrients that your body needs. Stick to things like lean meats, watching your fats, cholesterol and sugars, and eating healthy produce with a lot of water.
Put a lot of fiber in your diet. Foods with a lot of fiber in them such as nuts and whole-grains are great. Because the fiber takes a long time to break down in the body, you feel full for longer than with other foods. This way you won't have cravings for junk food as often.
Milk is the best form of liquid protein you can give you body. Packed full of protein, vitamin D and other important nutrients, milk is a natural, affordable drink, that everyone should take advantage of. Instead of using protein shakes to bulk up, consider drinking two or three glasses of milk every day, instead.
As you grocery shop, make sure your children are involved in the process. Let them choose which fruits and vegetables they want to eat. Doing this can also entice children to try out new foods, especially those with bright colors.
A great nutrition tip is to start incorporating flax seed into your diet. Flax seed is an amazing source of essential fatty acids and it's very easy to add to food. You can sprinkle a bit of flax seed in your protein shake, or you can put a little bit in your salad.
If you are a vegetarian, make sure your nutrition choices are well-rounded. While many omnivores miss essential vitamins in their diet, it's easier to recover lost minerals. That said, it's easy to keep on top of a vegetarian diet. If you find yourself hitting roadblocks, consider seeing a nutritionist.
My personal story...
Here's the simple weight loss method that works best for me:
As we all know, In order to lose weight we need to create a “calorie deficit”. What that means is, we must eat less calories than our body burns in a day. There's no way around it.
To utilize this method I use a free app called: "Healthy Weight Loss Planner", you can install it to your android phone or tablet from here.
Now here's how this simple system works:
After installing or accessing the app online follow these three steps:
First: Use the 'BMI Calculator' to check your Body Mass Index (an indicator of body fat), and see where it fits within the BMI categories.
Second: use the 'Daily Calorie Needs Calculator' to determine the number of calories needed each day to maintain your current weight.
Third: use the 'Daily Diet Planner tool' to set a daily calorie target and construct a daily food plan to fit your target (and your diet's food discipline). Now obviously you need your target calorie intake to be less than your daily calories needs. How much less? Aim to subtract 500 to 1000 calories daily, this translates into losing about 1 to 2 pounds a week respectively (about 0.5kg to 1kg).
For example: if your daily caloric needs are 2200, and you want to lose 2 pounds (1kg) per week, your daily calorie target should be 1200. Once you achieve your goal, you can revert to a target of 2200 to maintain your desired weight.
A pace of 1 to 2 pounds a week will allow you to lose weight in a healthy, sustainable way. Keep in mind that setting realistic goals and tracking your progress are key to your success. Research has shown that those who keep track of their behaviors are more likely to take off weight. As a matter of fact, setting unrealistic diet goals is the main reason most diets fail. You want to develop lifestyle habits that will help you maintain your weight in a healthy range. A short-term "diet" that you "go on" and then "go off" is not the answer to long-term weight management.
Note that the app sports a database featuring more than 400, mostly non-processed foods. The variety of foods allows you to construct food plans that adhere to any diet rout you decide to take. With this app you will be able to construct a food plan that fits perfectly with your specific diet discipline. Enjoy!
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