We all have our New-Year resolutions, and losing weight is pretty popular. Here are some important tips for a weight-loss program that you can start this year. And actually hold on to.
The internet is filled with recipes for “a quick weight-loos” or “lose 10 pounds in 10 days” programs. But do they really work? And more important, are they really that good for our body? Weight-loss is not rocket science, but it’s not a piece of cake, either. There are a few important things that must be taken into consideration when starting a new diet.
Everybody is different and every body reacts differently
Nobody is saying that that beautiful curvy woman from the magazine didn’t actually lose weight by eating 3 avocados a day and running 5 miles in the morning. But is your body really up to the same task?
Before starting a new diet, certain factors must be taken into consideration. How much time are we planning to spend on working out, what are the foods that we are willing to say goodbye to? Do our bodies retain water? Are we anemic? Hypoglycemic? Diabetic?
It is important to do our research because, for example, somebody who is hypoglycemic must always be careful to eat some sweets before and after physical exercise, otherwise complications such as dizziness, a vomiting sensation or even fainting may occur.
Watch out for emotional eating
Researchers have shown that people tend to correlate their emotions with their eating habits. We may not know it, but we tend to eat more when we are both happy and sad. Not to mention the fact that it has been discovered that when angry, people have a desire for food that smashes loudly in our mouths (such as chips, peanuts, anything crunchy that makes noise).
Boredom also plays an important part in adding those extra pounds. When the mind is bored the human body responds with hunger. The same happens with thirst. The mind cannot differentiate between hunger and thirst sometimes, so we end up eating a 300 calories sandwich instead of that 0 calories glass of water.
Physical exercise and a diet plan go hand in hand
It is never enough just to diet or just to work out. Both are equally important in the process, both mentally and physically.
Think of it this way: if you just plan on exercising you will end up eating that extra serving of mac and cheese because “you’ll do 10 more push-ups at the gym later”, thus accomplishing nothing. That’s not the right way to tackle your New Year’s resolution. By dieting and exercising, you maintain a proper balance between the calories that you eat and those that you burn.
Don’t forget about the extra protein
When starting a workout routine, we must take into consideration the fact that we are trying to get rid of fat, but build muscle instead. To accomplish that, our body needs an extra amount of protein. We can get protein from eggs, meat, some cereal, cheese, yogurt, milk, or supplements like chlorella, or powdered protein.
Last, but not least, keep a positive attitude
Weight-loss is not all about the work and the restrictions. We always look as good as we feel, and a positive attitude is the best way to start your routine. The beginning is the hardest because once accustomed with physical exercise, you will continue to feel good due to the endorphins released during a workout.
These are the most important tips for a weight-loss program that are guaranteed to turn your New Year’s resolution into your summer solution.