Weight is one of the most widely talked about subjects today. In the United States alone 40% of adults are overweight and 20% are considered obese. Some of the most prevalent problems that are associated with being overweight are diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer. There is an alarming amount of children that are becoming overweight and obese. This is mostly due to them picking up bad eating habits from their overweight parents. It is now important for parents to start losing weight so they can set a good example for their children.
Most of the advice that you read over the internet concerning weight lose doesn’t take into consideration that many people have busy lifestyles and most advice isn’t geared towards a lot of Americans that are on the go or advice for women. Most of the weight loss tips for women are centered around dieting and doesn’t take into account the busy lifestyles that women have with working and coming home taking care of the family and the restricted amount of time they have available for cooking a healthy meal. Here are some tips that women can use and implement into their busy schedules.
Most women are aware that they should cook healthy meals every day for their families but the fact is that there just isn’t enough time. Sometimes a woman’s busy schedule results in getting home late and they are too tired to cook. There are some things that you can do to make sure you maintain a healthy diet that will not inconvenience you.
Eat Soup – Soup is a very filling and healthy meal because it can be made with a lot of healthy ingredients. If made right, soup will give you fewer calories and provide you with all of the nutrients needed to be healthy. You should avoid any cream or milk in the soup. Instead use stock and water which will give it the same consistency without all of the calories. The good thing about preparing soup is that you can make a large amount of it so when you get home all you have to do is heat it up.
Avoid Protein and Carbohydrate Shakes – Do not mix proteins and carbohydrates. With both, it will contain too many calories which will make it hard to burn off. If your time doesn’t allow you to exercise, this energy will simply turn into fat that will stay in your body. So try to avoid eating a lot of carbohydrates and proteins in the same meal.
Eat Slow – A lot of times when you are busy and you take a quick minute to eat something, you tend to “wolf down” your food. We assume that our bodies will tell us when we are full but in reality it takes our stomachs 20 minutes to tell our brain to stop eating. If you eat too fast you will run the risk of eating too much which in turn will create weight and you will be eating food that your body doesn’t want. Just slow down your eating and your body will lose weight.
Snacking – You hear a lot of advice to stop snacking. In an ideal world this would work really well but in reality it doesn’t work. You should not ignore your body when it needs something to eat however the question is what to snack on. If you must snack, the best thing to snack on is fruit which will fill you up and provide you with a boost of energy. But the best thing to do is drink water. This will fill you up until the next meal and it contains no calories.
Chew Gum – Chewing gum will distract you from feeling hungry and it makes your body believe that you are eating. Do not underestimate the power of the mind.
Exercise With Friends – Exercising with friends is very important because friends can keep each other motivated and it will make you accountable to someone. Friends can push each other when things start getting hard. Sometimes without this push people tend to get frustrated then give up before they start to experience the benefits of exercising. Exercise shouldn’t be done to feel like a chore. If you get into it, exercising can really be fun.
Set Goals – Setting realistic goals are important for you to keep yourself going. When you set a goal then you have something to strive for. Set yourself a time table so you will be able to manage all of your activities in the day. Make sure your goals are realistic. If not, you will only get discouraged and talk yourself into quitting.
Set Up A Time To Exercise – For a busy woman it is hard to set aside time to travel to the gym so you must set an hour or two for yourself to do some type of home fitness workout. It is extremely important that you find the time to exercise. Even if you just start out with 15 – 20 minutes a day.
Know Your Limits – There will be people who will try to tell you how you should be exercising. Exercise in a manner that is comfortable to you. Nobody knows your body better than you do. So just do what you enjoy and what you can handle. If you enjoy what you are doing chances are you will continue doing it which in turn you will see results.
Value Your Self Image – It is very important that you think positive about what you are doing. Don’t worry about how you look when you are at the gym or outside jogging. No one is judging you. The only thing that people will have for you is admiration wishing they had the same drive and determination to do something about their health and fitness.
So try to at least follow a couple of these tips and you will soon see yourself slimming down to your natural size.