10 Tips to Help You Lose Weight – Part 1

maintain motivationOften people who are interested in losing weight simply attempt to starve themselves throughout the day, and then just nibble on something in the evening. Others try to lose weight through one of the many diets found on the Internet or in a bookstore. However, in order to truly be effective in losing weight for good, one needs to focus on changing habits and developing a healthy lifestyle. Once you focus on the numerous decisions made during the day dealing with nutrition and exercise, then you will see that losing weight is possible through the manner in which you live.

Here are ten tips to help you lose weight you can put to immediate use to help you lose weight and develop a healthier way of life. Think of these ten tips as links in a chain, each one is dependent on the other. If one or two of the links are weak and brittle, then the whole healthy lifestyle process can come apart and the individual can revert back to what got them in the weight predicament they are currently in.

**Tips to help you lose weight #1-5 will be in this post to allow you time to digest the information and start incorporating them into your daily life. Next week we will post tips to help you lose weight #6-10.

Here Are 10 Tips to Help You Lose Weight – Part 1

1. Clean Out the Refrigerator and Your Cupboards
If you are set on eating in a healthier manner, it’s time to inspect the contents of your refrigerator, cupboards, pantries and wherever else you have food stored to determine if what you find is conducive to a nutritious meal or snack. If it isn’t, you should consider giving it away or somehow getting it out of your hands as quickly as possible. Nevertheless, if you really want to finish off the unhealthy “stuff”, just be sure the next time you go to the market, the chips, soda, and cookies stay out of your shopping cart.

When your kitchen does not contain unhealthy items, you will be able to stick with a more nutritious diet. This is one of the most important things you should tackle first when approaching the weight loss process.

2. Have a Healthy Snack Handy at All Times
Once you rid your kitchen of all the unhealthy snacks, it’s time to fill it with snack choices that not only offer nutritional value, but are favorable to your taste buds. Experiment with a number of different options and find what you enjoy the most. These are the types of snacks you want to keep handy at all times so whenever you have the need to munch on something in between meals, you will not have to worry about what you will be putting in your mouth since everything in the kitchen will be healthy.

Snacks are an important part of a healthy diet. They allow you to maintain nutrition in your system and prevent your body from reaching a state of hunger panic causing you to indulge in too much food at your next meal. A healthy choice like a pear or apple tied with drinking water is a 100 calorie perfect snack.

3. Plan Out Your Meals on a Weekly Basis
By planning out your meals for the entire week, you will have a specific plan what to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Get yourself a small wall calendar or dry erase board to post in the kitchen somewhere and write out the seven days of meals. Focus on each meal and decide what will be healthy choices you and your family will enjoy. Soon you will find yourself gathering a treasure trove of recipes that all will enjoy on a regular basis.

Having a weekly menu of meals will ensure that everything you prepare from morning to night is on the healthier side of the fence so you will never have to run out and get a fattening fast food meal. By getting in this healthy habit, you will find a nice ritual to your week and may even find this is a great family bonding experience.

4. Pack a Lunch For Work Everyday
Taking a lunch to work can really help you stay focused on eating healthy since you will be in complete control of what you eat when away from home. This will also help prevent the need for you to ever have to run out and grab a fast food meal during your lunch break that may be well over 1,500 calories for that single meal. Having a lunch packed for work will also help you save money since you won’t be spending the average $8 on an unhealthy lunch choice. Saving money and eating healthier at the same time – two benefits in one!

If possible, pack dinner leftovers in plastic travel containers appropriately portion sized of course. When that is not possible, healthy frozen meals made by Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choices, or Smart Start offer low-calorie, tasty options.

5. No More Soda. Period.
Did you know that a 12 ounce can of Coke has 39 grams of sugar and 140 calories? Imagine what an XL soda or even a 2 liter bottle of soda has and you can see how detrimental this beverage is to our bodies. Try to do without soda for a month and just drink regular purified water or even mix in a powdered drink like Crystal Light lemonade that adds less than 20 calories per serving. Depending on how much soda you generally drink, this could be your ticket to weight loss paradise.

Point is, your body does not need all that sugar and wasted calories, so try and choose a drink such as water that adds 0 calories into your system. Always be aware of the nutritional content of drinks just as you do for food.

Here are more tips to help you lose weight – part 2 of the 10 Tips to Help you Lose Weight !

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