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Best Way to Lose Weight: Think Long Haul, Not Quick Results

by Work Out World on May 9, 2017 6:15:00 PM
Happy_SunshineIt can be tempting to go for a "quick fix" when trying to slim down, but is it the best way to lose weight? Whether you want to fit into a little black dress or get ready for swimsuit season, it’s healthyand often easier to keep the weight offif you take the slow and steady route over fast weight loss. Why? Here are a few things to consider when creating your weight loss plan. 

Keep your metabolism steady.

Often fast weight loss comes from a quick diet. Fast diets can jump-start a slowed metabolism, but what often happens is these diets slow down your metabolism. Even if you consume fewer calories, your weight still won’t decrease. Not only is a sluggish metabolism frustrating, it can reduce your energy levels, resulting in poorer overall performance. Bonus: staying at your ideal weight (or near it) is healthier and easier on your body than yo-yoing throughout the seasons.

Ensure your weight loss is fat.

Did you know that when you lose more than two pounds a week, it’s likely that what you’re really losing is water or muscle? For most people, losing muscle is the exact opposite of what they want to do! If your goal is burning fat and toning up, or even creating more muscle, a slow weight loss plan is definitely the best way to lose weight. Letting your body adjust to the change, and crafting a solid plan keeps you stronger, helps you increase muscle, and makes it easier to shed pounds in the long run. Remember, think quality - not quantity!

Get to know your portion sizes.

It's easy to underestimate how much you're eating. Today, don't just estimate things—make sure. Ask how much is in a serving, read the fine print on labels, measure your food. And learn portion equivalents: One serving of pasta, for instance, should be around the size of a tennis ball.

Want to know a few other tips and life hacks?

  1. Brush Your Teeth After Every Meal 
    "Huh?", you may be thinking. Well, this will be a signal to your mouth (and your mind) that it's time to stop eating. Brushing will also give your mouth a nice fresh taste that you'll be disinclined to ruin with a random chip. At work, keep a toothbrush with a cover and toothpaste in your desk drawer.
  2. Clean the Closet
    First, it's great exercise. Second, it's an important step in changing your attitude. Get rid of all the clothes that make you look or feel bad. Throw out anything that's too big—don't give yourself the option of ever fitting into those clothes again. Move the smaller clothes up to the front to help motivate you. Soon, you'll be fitting into those formerly, too-tight jeans you couldn't bear to part with.

  3. Take Your Measurements
    You may not care for your stats now, but you'll be glad you wrote them down when you see how many inches you've lost. It's also another way to measure your success, instead of just looking at the scale. Sometimes even when the numbers on the scale aren't going down, the measurements on your body are.

If nearly two-thirds of dieters gain the weight back within a few years, what can you do to ensure that your weight loss is the best way to lose weight? Keeping these tips in mind is a great start. And remember, healthy weight loss is about more than just short-term weight loss. It’s about healthier habits that will ensure the weight stays off for good!

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Topics: Weight Loss