The Top 20 Best Ways to Lose Weight

This is in no way an exhaustive list of the best ways to lose weight. But it is a very concise and helpful list that can be useful in constructing your own diet or as a guide for selecting a healthy diet.

Everything contained on this list is based on sound nutrition and is completely safe.

Now here are the Top 20 Best Ways to Lose Weight:

1- Start a (pre-diet) journal and begin to record everything you eat and also the amount of exercise. Do it for one week prior to starting your diet. At the conclusion of your monitoring week examine your journal to determine some obvious areas in which you can improve. Look for bad habits? Where and when are you consuming the highest calorie and fat laden foods? Consider your drinking habits? How many colas or diet drinks are you consuming? How much exercise is a part of your daily routine? You will be amazed at how much your journal will reveal about changes that need to be made if you are going to successfully lose weight.

2- Maintain a lifestyle journal. Once you have begun your diet you will want to continue to record everything you eat and drink as well as recording your exercise regimen. Your goal is to break bad habits and replace them with good habits.

3- Become a grazer. The idea here is to eat smaller quantities more often. Obviously you want these more frequent meals to be high in nutrients and low in fat and calories. Instead of 3 meals a day and a couple of snacks switch to 6 small meals per day.

4- Reduce caloric and fat intake while increasing aerobic exercise. What I have found that works best is a diet that stays in the range of 1200 to 1400 calories and 15 grams of fat per day.

5- Be purposeful with your exercise. Try to work 3 to 4 thirty minute aerobic routines into your regimen. Light weight training can also be very productive. Just be sure that you have a plan. Also build some variety into it. The best exercise is fun exercise. Play on a softball or basketball team. Play tennis or swim. Find something you enjoy and build that into your routine.

6- Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. The water flushes your system and rids your body of toxins. It also helps to maintain a full feeling that naturally curbs hunger.

7- Eat at home as much as possible. It's not impossible to eat out and maintain your diet but is very difficult. At home you can better control the food requirements of your diet while avoiding temptations that are so readily available in a restaurant environment.

8- Read healthy information. Invest in magazines and books that teach the principles of a healthy lifestyle.

9- Set realistic goals and write them down. Place those goals where you will easily see them like your refrigerator or work station. When setting goals remember that weight loss comes more rapidly in the first few weeks. Your previous experience with dieting will also give you and idea of what can realistically be expected. For example, I know that it is realistic for me to lose 20 pounds in the first month of a diet. The next month will be more in the neighborhood of 10 to 15 pounds. After than I can reasonably expect to lose 1 pound per week. Generally, the heavier you are the faster the weight will come off. The point is to set goals that you can achieve. Failure leads to disappointment which in turn leads to giving up.

10- Get plenty of sleep. When you get adequate rest you body will produce lower amounts of cortisol which contributes to weight gain when you get too little sleep.

11- Avoid stressful situations. When the body is stressed it produces insulin which fuels the body with more sugar resulting in slower weight loss.

12- Eat more and more fresh fruits and vegetables while cutting back on processed and packaged foods. Additionally increase the percentage of raw foods in your diet.

13- Eliminate sugar, white rice, and anything made from white flour. This change will do wonders in insuring your success. The best bread choice is whole grain bread.

14- Eliminate all soft drinks. Diet drinks are just as troublesome as drinks sweetened with sugar. Your primary drinks should be fresh water and an occasion cup of green tea. As far as a safe sweetener I recommend stevia. Don't by the stuff that's being sold now in the grocery store because it is mixed with additives. Instead, get pure stevia, either in a powder or in liquid form.

15- Eliminate meat from your diet. If you can't do without meat try to get buy with just white meat and fish. And if you just have to have red meat then consume no more than 5 ounces per day.

16- Do not fry in oil or cook with butter. Steaming, roasting, broiling, and boiling are your healthiest options. Raw is the absolute best option.

17- Cut back on the salt. There are some wonderful herb seasonings that add tons of flavor to your food.

18- On special occasions go ahead and enjoy yourself by eating what you love. Just do so in moderation.

19- Remove the fat clothes from your closet. Your mindset should be that you will never ever have to wear those clothes again. Treat yourself to a new wardrobe. The thing that I have found is that when you slim down clothes cost less. You can also wear jeans, shorts, and tops that you are less likely to wear when you are overweight.

20- Stay positive. It is so easy to become negative, irritable, and disagreeable on a diet. Refuse to allow it to happen. Avoid negative and critical people who distract you from becoming the slim and healthy person that you want to become.

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