What To Eat To Stay Slim?
It’s been shown many times that 95% of diets in the marketplace don’t work, yet with the dawn of every New Year loads of new diets hit the shelves with a plethora of people chasing them in order to hopefully burn fat and shed those pounds. The problem is that people are doing the same thing year in year out but expecting a different result. Most diets are complicated and not easy to follow and we all know from the get go that they are a bad attempt to fix a problem where they usually provide minimal if any results. Getting or staying slim doesn’t require any of the fad diets out there on the market. Most people, who are slim or lean, are that way because of simple behaviors that they do each day, that amounts to a healthier lifestyle.
1. Consistency Counts
So out with the old fad diets and in with the new approach to eating and exercising. That’s right, consistency counts for both what you eat as well as your weekly exercise regime. So ask yourself, “Can I see myself eating like this as well as exercising this amount over the long term?” It’s unsustainable to eat like a sparrow for the rest of your life. So you need to find good healthy fresh food recipes that are easy to make as well enjoyable to eat. Same goes with your exercise regime.
Most people will never be able to stick with a plan of exercising 2 hours per day 7 days per week. So plan out your exercises and at least aim to do that routine a minimum of 3 times per week. You should be thinking of this as a permanent lifestyle change, not a temporary solution. People who consistently eat a healthy diet as well as exercise on a weekly basis, are 1 1/2 times more likely to maintain their weight loss than those who are sporadic with their diet and exercise regime.
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2. Planning Ahead
Don’t rely on some miracle pill or fad diet to get the body you want. The majority of people who are slim or lean are that way for a reason. They take a little time out of their week to plan for the next week. That’s for both diet as well as exercise but is especially so when it comes to their diet.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”
Taking an hour or two out of the weekend to prepare your healthy meals for the week ahead will save you time, money and help drop those extra pounds. When you haven’t planned out and made your meals and you’re feeling hungry that’s when temptation will take hold – people tend to buy whatever’s nearby. This usually results in high-calorie junk foods of some sorts, leading to weight gain.
Studies have shown that people who planned and prepared their weekly meals lost a significant amount of weight and kept it off over the long term. Also if you haven’t got an exercise regime in place, then plan out in advance what exercises you’ll be doing for the week ahead. If your exercise sessions are diarized you’ll be more prone to stick to those sessions as opposed to exercising when you remember to.
3. Meals and Drinks
Sticking to 3 main meals a day clearly hasn’t helped burn fat and shrink the waistlines of the vast majority. Research has shown the benefits of eating smaller portioned more frequent meals, such as raising your metabolism, keeping your blood sugar steady, keeping you fuller for longer and your appetite in check. It’s been shown that having too long a period between meals can lead to people skipping meals. A study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics showed that women who skipped meals lost about 8 pounds less than those who ate more consistently. Smaller portioned more frequent meals throughout your day will include snacks.
However, I don’t mean snacking on a muffin or two or donuts and other high-calorie junk foods. Some people eat far too much when having a snack. One-quarter of your daily calories can come from your snacks if you don’t choose the right one.
The same goes for choosing the wrong drink. So smarter choices need to be made when snacking or consuming drinks. Your healthy snack can be a small portion of a leftover meal from the night before through to a piece of fruit and a small handful of mixed nuts. A standard can of some sodas can contain up to 13 teaspoons of sugar. Studies are now showing sugar free sodas don’t help burn fat and shed the weight, but actually, trick your body into storing more body fat not less. Remember that it’s not just about the size of the snack or meal, it’s also about the quality.
So there you go, these simple slimming shortcuts are easy to do and incorporate into your everyday lives. So take some time each week to plan out and include these simple behaviors that will help you to lose weight and achieve a healthier lifestyle.