Pick One Of These Nutrition Tips and Start Losing Weight and Living Healthier…

19 Mar

 

A wise person once said, “Successful people are successful for a reason.” The same is true in reverse… unsuccessful people are unsuccessful for a reason, too. That doesn’t mean if you are unsuccessful at something that it is your fault. On the contrary, many times it is not your fault at all. For example, if you want to lose weight and get in shape and you don’t know the first thing about losing weight and getting in shape, then how can you expect to be successful at it? If you were trying to drive somewhere you had never been before and never even heard of and you didn’t have a map or any directions, would you blame yourself for not knowing how to get there? Of course not.

The first thing to understand is that if you want to lose weight, then you must burn more calories than you take in. It’s simple math. But the big problem is most people underestimate the amount of calories they eat in a day… BY A LOT. The solution is writing down EVERYTHING you eat, even those little bites here and there. Those little bites add up fast. Just like those dollars here and there add up and drain your bank account over the course of a few months. The other problem is overestimating the amount of calories you burn. Even though people are different, the average person must burn about 500 calories a day to lose about one pound per week. This takes the average person 60 minutes of exercise a day! That’s why diet and proper nutrition is so important.

Exercise is vitally important for stress reduction and overall health, both mentally and physically. But if you think you are going to eat bad foods and make up for it by exercising, then chances are you are going to be horribly disappointed. But do not try to starve yourself. This will cause the body to go into “starvation mode” and slow down your metabolism. Try to eat within one hour of waking up in the morning and then eat small meals or snacks every 3 hours throughout the day. This will keep your blood glucose (sugar) level more steady and keep your metabolism moving. Also, make sure you get enough sleep. Research has shown that lack of sleep (under 6 hours) causes an increase in appetite. Lack of sleep also raises levels of cortisone, a stress hormone that causes weight gain.

Here is a tip that can have a HUGE impact on your waistline: Stop eating refined sugar! This includes things like sweetened yogurt, bottled juices, smoothies, and other foods commonly misconstrued as being healthy. If you are serious about losing weight and keeping it off, it is absolutely vital that you cut out as much refined sugar as possible, in all of its forms including barley malt syrup, brown rice syrup, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), molasses, and even some forms of natural cane juice.

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