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Friday, April 20, 2012

Tips on Healthy Eating For Weight Loss

Losing weight should always be healthy, yet there are countless diets available which do not address this important aspect. Here are eleven tips on healthy eating for weight loss.

Tip #1. Don't pile the food on your plate. Many people are been brought up to believe they must eat everything on their plate, even when they have passed the satisfied point. Take small portions and go back for more if you need to.

Tip #2. Alcohol helps to pile on the calories. If you eat out regularly, offer to be the driver. Not only will you save on calories, you'll become very popular!

Tip #3. Make your own (healthy) lunch and eat it in a park or somewhere surrounded by nature. Nature has a calming effect and you can top up on your vitamin D requirements. Even watching the rain from a sheltered spot can be magical.

Tip #4. Get regular exercise - daily if possible. Losing weight involves consuming fewer calories AND burning up more. Make sure you enjoy the activity, otherwise you won't stick to it. It doesn't have to be hard. Regular, gentle exercise is far more beneficial than infrequent hard exercise. You might be able to cycle to work or walk from the train station. You could walk your dog, or a neighbour's. Yoga might appeal to you, or dancing.

Tip #5. Give up soft drinks. You can lose as much as 15 kilos (about 30 pounds) in a single year. Drink water instead. By adding a dash of fresh lemon or lime juice, you can make it much more appealing.

Tip #6. If you find you need to snack, just accept it and provide for it. Taking apples or bananas to work can prevent you snacking on candy or chocolate. They are easy to eat, without being messy.

Tip #7. When you do your grocery shop, don't buy any unhealthy foods. This way, you won't be tempted. If you only have healthy food in your larder, that's all you will use.

Tip #8. It is not uncommon to mistake thirst for hunger. When you feel hungry, have a drink first. Even if it doesn't always satisfy you, it will fill you up a bit, meaning you will likely eat a smaller portion.

Tip #9. Eat the healthy food first. If you must eat fried food, such as chips, eat them last. You may not have room for them at the end of a meal.

Tip #10. Understand that what you have been doing up till now has not worked for you. So these changes you are making need to be permanent. That takes time. Accept this and aim for small goals, that are permanent.

Tip #11. Reward yourself when you reach a goal. That can be the carrot that keeps you going through the difficult times.

Keep your focus on healthy eating for weight loss. You want to be slim, granted. But you also want to be healthy to enjoy your new shape.

Madeleine Innocent is a full time natural health consultant specialising in diet-for-health and homeopathy. She treats both people and animals within these two disciplines. For more information, visit: Healthy Eating For Weight Loss

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