Thursday, July 26, 2012

5 Weight Loss Tips That Work

You have been exercising faithfully for months.  Your have been fueling up on healthy foods.  You get plenty of sleep and your stress levels are low.

But no matter what you do, you just don't seem to be making any progress in your weight loss journey.

As you may know, I prefer to focus on balance and moderation rather than weight loss.  However, I am a realist.  I know that losing fat is a big motivating factor for many of you.

I also know that you have probably have tried every trick in the book to shed those last few pounds.

Well, here are a few weight loss tips that are safe, easy and actually work.
(Just remember to check in with your doc before you make any changes. :)

Fill up on Fibre
Fibre helps to control blood sugar levels and delays the emptying of your stomach to give a feeling of being fuller longer.  Fibre can be found in a variety of plant foods with higher concentrations in beans, flaxseed and soy nuts. Bonus: Soluble fibre helps to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol!

Pump Iron
I know you already know this, but it is worth repeating. :)  Doing any exercise that helps you increase your overall muscle mass (weight lifting, resistance bands, body weight exercises) will boost your metabolism and help you burn more calories at rest.

Keep a Food Journal
Writing down what you eat can really help give you (and any health pro you are working with) and good idea of your eating habits and what may be missing in your diet.  It may also help you pay more attention to what you eat leading you to make healthier choices more often.  The key here is to be honest about what you are eating.

Stay Hydrated
There are many, many reason to drink plenty of water.  But one you may not know is that we often mistake hunger for thirst.  If you are feeling hungry, have a large glass of water and wait for about 20 minutes.  If you are still hungry, fuel up with some healthy snacks.

Lighten Up Your Favourite Foods
It truly is possible to eat delicious food and still lose weight.  You know I am a big fan of giving recipes and healthy twist and you can do the same.  Sometimes all it takes is a little creativity and some simple substitutions.  Love pizza?  Make your own using pita bread with low-fat cheese, lots of sauce and veggies.

Do you have any healthy weight loss tips to share?

Stay Healthy,

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