Healthy Tips for Hitting Your Weight Goal
In the United States, nearly six out of ten Americans say they want to lose weight. Of course, as anyone trying to shed pounds knows, losing weight and keeping it off is hard. In fact, about 80 percent of people who lose weight gain it all or more back within a year. Losing weight rapidly or in an artificially-stimulated fashion won’t just fail to keep the pounds off – it will invite more on. That’s why it’s important to pursue a natural, healthy means of losing weight. By gradually losing weight in a healthy, advisable way, you’ll get permanently closer to your weight goal and to a fitter you. Follow the tips below and you’ll be well on your way! Just a few easy tweaks can have you seeing major results.
Drink Lots of Water
It’s important to stay hydrated, and the reasons why are nearly endless. Water is good for keeping your body healthy and illness-free, and keeping your hair, skin, and nails glossy and strong. Drinking water also kickstarts your metabolism and fills up your stomach, keeping you fuller longer and consequently making you eat less.
Change Your "Go-To" Order
Almost everyone has a famous restaurant or take-out place they like to frequent. An easy cheat for losing wait is swapping out your go-to order for something healthier. If you normally opt for a large bowl of spaghetti with marinara sauce, try a more hearty pasta that has more variety. A whole grain pasta with lots of vegetables and proteins, for example, is a good choice. Mix it up from visit to visit so you don't get tired of your healthy choices.
Keep Junk Food Out of the House
Cravings are normal and everyone reaches for a candy bar or bag of chips every once in a while. If you do it frequently, however, you could be putting on extra pounds every month. Keep junk food or your usual unhealthy go-to snacks out of the house. The inconvenience of having to walk to the store for the snack will usually temper your craving. In fact, while you’re at it, go ahead and clean out your entire pantry of unhealthy foods. Once they're gone, you’ll find yourself making healthier choices without even thinking about it.
Take the Stairs
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times; “take the stairs.” Well, allow us to be completely redundant ... take the stairs! It may be a bit of extra hassle, but small changes such as taking the stairs and walking whenever possible can make a big difference in your weight. Give it a shot for several weeks and see the results. Your weight goal may not be as far away as it seems.
Try Bursts of Exercise
Similarly, if you find it difficult to get motivated for a long haul workout, try bursts of exercise instead. Studies have shown that three helpings of a 10 minute workout are just as effective as one 30 minute workout per day. You should also try to squeeze in small bouts of exercise whenever you can in between. Do sit-ups or pushups in between commercials while watching television, lift weights while watching your favorite show, dance or do some jumping jacks between washing dishes. The possibilities are endless!
Breakfast is, indeed, the most important meal of the day. The fact that most Americans skip it is not testament to breakfast’s usefulness, but speaks volumes about the non-stop, hectic modern lifestyle. Aim for a healthy breakfast of around 300 calories. Mix healthy protein with whole grains for a breakfast that will keep your hunger down so that you eat less throughout the day. Getting to your goal weight will be far more difficult if you're a breakfast skipper.
Load Up on Veggies
Add vegetables to your meals for valuable nutrients and for a calorie-conscious stomach filler. A great trick is to add vegetables to the foods you already like, such as eating pizza topped with veggies instead of pepperoni. You’ll become fuller quickly, making you less likely to reach for other fatty foods like desserts or sides.
Your weight goal is attainable without completely turning your life, and your diet, upside down. Small changes in routine and eating habits, over time, will result in noticeable changes in your weight and your overall health. Give yourself 90 days with the tips above and see if you don't feel better and look better.
RX Fitness Equipment Can Help With Your Weight Goal
If you're struggling with your goal weight, RX Fitness Equipment in Thousand Oaks has a network of more than 1700 fitness and health professionals with whom we work closely. If you would like a referral to a personal trainer, physical therapist, nutritionist or a workout facility, call us or stop by the store for a chat. We’re here to assist in any way we can to help you achieve your fitness objectives.
We also carry a full line of exercise equipment and accessories that can help you speed up your fitness program. Let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll help you find the right fit for your goals and budget. And don't forget, you can always find Tim's best-selling book, Fitness Equipment – A Shopper's Guide, on Amazon and other online book sellers as well as in our store.
Contact Tim Adams for a free consultation or stop by the store and take something for a test drive.