Losing weight is one of the hardest things one can do. Ask the millions who face the daunting challenge of losing those stubborn pounds. But all isn't lost. Here are some tips from successful dieters on how they can shed the flab in a healthy way without getting demotivated or starving.
Never skip breakfast
No matter how busy, tired or moody you are — the cardinal rule about dieting is to never ever forgo the first meal of the day. If you think that skipping breakfast will help cut back calories, you're wrong. There are several studies to prove that people who eat breakfast are comparably slimmer than those who don't because the ones who have a hearty breakfast tend to snack lesser during the day. If you're trying to lose weight, ensure that breakfast is your heaviest meal of the day. The reason is because our metabolism is most efficient in the morning and a big meal then will not make you hungry later on.
Don't keep weighing yourself
The first thing you ought to tell yourself when you're planning to lose weight is that it won't be an overnight process. So weighing yourself throughout the day might just demoralise you in the long run. Monitor your progress but once a week. Instead, pay more attention to the goal at hand and don't let the scales dictate terms to you. Weighing scales do not give an accurate representation of fat loss since they don't indicate how much of your weight is undigested food, muscle, water and fat.
Eat more fats
Surprised? Fats are not your enemy. So don't cut them out completely from your diet. Instead, go in for monounsatured fats, which can be found in nuts, avocados and olive oil. These are 'good' fats and help people who are trying to lose weight. On the other hand, make sure you keep an eye on your consumption of fat to keep you on track. Experts say that following a diet that is high in monounsatured fats and low in saturated fats actually helps promote weight loss.
Just because you're on a diet doesn't mean you eat just twice or thrice a day. Remember it isn't how much you eat but what you eat. And when you eat too little, you're simple setting yourself up for failure. The human body is made in such a way that when you don't give it enough food, it goes into starvation mode, which causes your metabolism to slow down and that in turn, makes your body store unwanted fats and calories. Successful dieters eat little but eat often, which ensures that they never goes hungry and, in turn, don't overeat at the following meals and consume fewer calories.
Indulge yourself sometimes
Just because you're on a diet, doesn't mean that you can't allow yourself the occasional treat. Set yourself goals and have a small treat to congratulate yourself when you achieve it. This way you will be motivated and won't feel miserable about staying away from your favourite foods while you're dieting. A realistic diet is the key to success.