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Diet Bites Top Tips for Permanent Weight Loss Success
Unique and safe dieting tips that work to help you lose the weight and keep it off permanently.
We have dieting tips that yes - REALLY work. Before you know it, those fluffy hips and pesky muffin top will be lost in the Diet Dust....
1. Start Your Diet Using a Bathroom Scales & a Calendar
The Calendar & How it Assists With Permanent Weight Loss
Pick up an expensive calendar at your local dollar-type store. For every day that you stick to your diet plan - mark it off with an X. Your goal is to fill in the calendar for the month - making a 'perfect' score. On those days that you falter, take time to figure out the cause. Example: Did you overeat because you were tempted?
Mark the calendar with an X if you stayed true to your established daily caloric intake. If you didn't get to exercise OR exercise as much as you'd planned - that's okay - so give yourself an 'X'. Why? Because the top factor which controls the amount that you weigh is your daily diet - the foods that you eat and drink. As to exercise, the bulk of calories expended [used] by the body doesn't happen through activity. The body requires the bulk of calories [energy] that you consume daily in order to simply survive. The energy is used for breathing - and to support respiratory health; it's used in keeping your heartbeat at a healthy rhythm - and calories are also necessary to support the digestive system. It's odd isn't it? We need to consume food so that our digestive system can use the energy to operate efficiently! Energy intake triggers energy output.
The Bathroom Scales & How it Assists With Permanent Weight Loss
For many individuals 'what they don't know won't hurt them', but where body weight is involved 'what they don't know can escalate into massive weight gain OR assist in weight control'. Diet Bites recommends weighing once a day - in the morning before you eat breakfast. Keep in mind that it's normal to have a 1-3 pound variance in body weight, so don't panic when the numbers increase. The increase in pounds is most likely a result of consuming extra-salty foods the prior day because they can cause water retention issues in the body - but, if the increase in pounds doesn't decrease after two days, you are more likely experiencing weight gain.
Weighing daily assists in keeping YOU in control of your weight. Whenever you see an increase, you can take immediate action. Trim back on the daily calories - add more salad [healthy greens, tomato, cucumber, celery] to your day. The green vegetables are very minimal in calories. But what about the avocado? It's green - but is it lean? Well....it's not a vegetable, rather a fruit and although high in calories due to the fat content, the fat is derived from healthy fat sources. Adding avocado to your daily diet may also assist in trimming unhealthy fats from your daily diet in addition to sugar. It's also a healthy food for skin health. And it may even work positively with your thyroid to improve your metabolic rate.
And on those days when you're weighing a bit heavier, think about substituting a meal with a serving of cereal OR a bowl of soup and a serving of saltine crackers OR a serving of fish and a healthy salad.
2. Avoid Food-Scented Candles & Other Scents Which Trigger Your Appetite
Movie popcorn, tasty lip glosses, deliciously-scented candles and bath items - all can trigger a desire to eat, particularly when you're hungry or feeling in a 'snacky' mood. They are best to use AFTER you've enjoyed your healthy meal.
3. Add 10-30 Minutes of Daily Activity Accompanied With a Reward
One doesn't need to exercise until they fall over with their tongue hanging out. Over-activity can put areas of the body in jeopardy. We personally know several avid people who walk daily [5 miles each day] and they required knee replacements. Many weight lifters end up having to have knee replacement.
Think about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. It's something that most of us are familiar with - as it's associated with repetitive use of the wrists while typing. The same applies to any over-used area of the body. For example, golfers often experience issues with their rotator cuffs due to repetitive movements. Our veterinarian performs numerous surgeries. Due to the repetitive movements required during certain surgeries, he experienced rotator cuff issues and required surgery.
So when you think about 'exercise', start out taking small steps and stick with something that you ENJOY doing - and an activity that you'll continue throughout your lifetime. For me, walking suits me best.
4. Prepare Low Calorie Soups for Quick Grabs OR Fresh Fruit & Veggies
When you're starving you're more likely to grab something high in calories. And sure - once people diet, they tend to remove all the goodies from the kitchen and replace it with fresh fruit. But because more than 95% of diets fail over time, you know what happens! Those goodies quickly return to the kitchen. If you have something prepared and it's healthy and low in calories, you can enjoy a hearty meal without worrying about weight gain. A small wedge of cornbread and a serving of soup can be a mean fit for a king.