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Top Three Tips for Weight Loss

posted Nov 11, 2011, 10:20 PM by Mike Chen   [ updated Apr 21, 2012, 10:31 AM ]

The formula for weight loss seems simple enough: Take in fewer calories than you burn through normal activity or regular exercise, and you should lose weight.

Of course, for anyone who’s ever embarked on a dreaded “diet” or intense exercise regimen, you know that losing weight is anything but simple.

Don’t make it any harder than it has to be! Follow these three simple tips, and you’ll never feel deprived or hungry as you’re trying to lose weight.

  1. Eat More Often. Of course, we’re not suggesting that you eat everything in sight and not all the time, but to keep your body’s metabolism revved up, you need food on a regular basis. A lot of people make the mistake of skipping breakfast or snacks between meals as a way to “save” calories for later, but doing this will just set you up to feel hungry and miserable – and likely lead to overeating later in the day – definitely not what you want. Make a conscious effort to eat a portion-controlled healthy breakfast and experiment with eating five to six “mini meals” of around 250 to 300 calories throughout the day. You’ll keep calories in check and you’ll never feel hungry, which will make sticking to your healthy eating plan something you can do for the rest of your life. Thinking of the changes you make to your eating habits as permanent will help you keep the weight off for good! Try healthy breakfast or in-between meal options like meal bars, meal replacement shakes, and 100-calorie snack bars.
  2. Make Time for Exercise. When you prepare to lose weight, do you mostly focus on changing your eating habits? While this is definitely part of the equation, you’ll also want to dust off your workout shoes to see greater results. By combining diet and exercise in your weight-loss plan, you’ll not only drop pounds faster, you’ll build lean muscle, which can help fuel greater calorie burning throughout the day. Plus, the more calories you burn through solid sweat sessions means you can afford to be a little less stringent about what you’re eating, and this can help you feel less deprived. Schedule your workouts into your day and treat them like you would any important appointment – non-negotiable. Here’s a great workout DVD that can help you fit in a complete workout in as little as 10 minutes. Build up a home gym so that there’s no excuse to miss a day, with resistance bands and a stability ball.
  3. Fill Up With Fiber. Fiber-rich foods take longer to digest, which means they can help you stay full longer. They also tend to be choices that are naturally lower in calories, such as fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Make it a goal to fill a majority of your plate with fiber-rich foods, with smaller amounts of lean protein and low-fat dairy selections. You can also supplement your fiber intake with convenient powder that can be sprinkled into liquids or onto food.

Make these three tips your personal weight-loss mantra, and you’ll be shedding in no time.

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