Contrary to tabloid opinion, your weight affects many aspects of your life. Self-esteem, health factors, physical abilities and your quality of life are all connected to how much you weigh. These are several very important reasons why many people are looking for ways to reduce their weight. Hopefully, some of the options below will help.

Before you start any weight loss program or regimen I highly suggest you speak with your doctor first. Once you’ve been examined by your doctor and received a recommendation for what strategies will work best for you, then you can proceed with your mission.

There are 4 basic ways to lose weight: change how often you eat, what you eat, how you eat and when you eat.

Let’s move along to the tips that may help you in your weight loss pursuit.

1) Stay away from all fried foods. They contain a great amount of fat and the excess oil is not good for your body. Grilled and baked foods are your best friends. You can find cookbooks in any local bookstore that will help with healthy cooking recipes that are quick and easy to make.

2) Drink more water. Doctors suggest 6-8 glasses a day. Please do not drink them all at once. Spread them out over the course of the day. Water keeps your body hydrated. This hydration is critical to other body functions like elimination and recuperation.

3) Increase your fiber intake. Fiber takes longer for your body to break down, leaving you more full than if you filled up on other less nutritious substances. Whole grains are great because they also push excess fat along the digestive track quickly. The grains also turn into blood sugar which increases the body’s insulin level. This provides energy to the cells and signals for the body to stop burning or storing fats.

4) Excercise. Exercise. Exercise. This improves your cardiovascular function (heart, lungs, and circulation) and it works to burn off calories. Instead of allowing your body to store the extra calories you’ve accumulated, take a 15 or 30-minute walk in the neighborhood. Lightweight lifting, jumping jacks and stretching are other good forms of exercise. Tests have shown that exercise also invigorates the brain due to the increased oxygen flow produced by the body while the body is at work.

5) Monitor your metabolism. This means to become aware of how your body responds to your exercise program, your change in diet and your new schedule. Be sure to look for signs like excess fatigue or abnormal behavior in your body functions. Adjust your program and habits based on how your body feels.

Lastly, do a little research on other weight loss techniques that you can include in your program. Choose a variety of different strategies to assist you with your weight loss goals. There is no one right answer. The right answer is the strategy that works best for you.

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Source by Marc Watts