Asparagus, melon, beets and cranberries are all excellent choices of food that will help rid your body of excess water weight. Water weight is oft times retained as a result of too much sodium (salt) in the diet. Note that asparagus will cause urine to emit an unusual odor, so don't be alarmed.
So if you're dieting and have recently consumed salty foods, you will probably see a weight gain appear on your scales. Many times, that alone is enough for a dieter to hop quickly off of their diet plan and that's sad because the weight gain is not 'fat gain' and will naturally dispense from the body with time - generally taking 1-3 days. So for a quick diet fix, experiment with asparagus, melon, beets and cranberries.
If you are experiencing swelling in the legs and tummy area on a regular basis and have not consumed salty foods, please see your doctor to rule out potential underlying conditions, such as a heart ailment. A stitch in time, saves a life.
Weigh in at least once per week at the same time of day, before eating breakfast if possible. Just like your clothing and shoes, food and beverages weigh heavily. Just look at the following example....
Let's say that dieter Jan just woke up and enjoys 1/2 a melon for a scant 50 calories. She also guzzles down 3 cups of coffee. (Thank goodness it's decaf or Juan Valdez and Ms. Olsen might both appear to slap some sense into dieter Jan!)
Dieter Jan has been ultra good on her diet plan, so she races to the weight loss scales only to find that she has gained four rotten pounds. How did this happen? It's enough to drive a dieter to filling their cup with 'the real stuff'.
Of course, the weight of the coffee and melons are weighing Dieter Jan down heavily. She'll figure it out.
Go nuts for Grape Nuts and cut fat in your recipes! Grape Nuts cereal makes a great substitute for nuts when baking. It lends a nutty flavor and that special crunch so that you really don't miss the real nuts at all.
The weight loss tip is to use a minimal amount as Grape Nuts calories can add up fast. A little goes a very long way.
Cutting back too staunchly on calorie intake may put the brakes on your metabolism. Your body senses that something is terribly wrong - something like...you've suddenly been stranded on Aloha Island with no Brad Pitt in sight, as well as no food or kicky beverages.
Just as your jacked-up car may shut down when the oil is dangerously low to prevent total blow out, our bodies do the same.
Keep in mind that it takes 3,500 calories to equal one pound. A good rule of Diet Thumb is to consume 500 to 1,000 calories less per day to achieve about a 2 pound per week weight loss. Never skinny dip below 1,250 calories per day or you will be breaking (or is that braking?) (or both!) your metabolism.
Enjoy a diet Dr. Pepper float. Take 1 can of diet Dr. Pepper and add 1/2 cup of your favorite low fat, sugar free vanilla ice cream. About 100 calories, depending upon the brand of ice cream used.
Calorie-free is going to be a bit difficult to find in your pantry or fridge, but the following food comes pretty close: 1 peach = about 35 calories
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Cottage Cheese for Weight Loss - One of the prettiest cottages that I know of is cottage cheese. Creamy, unique and different, it can add romance and body to most any recipe that regularly calls for cream, ice cream, sour cream, buttermilk and milk.
We recommend light or low fat cottage cheese for a light substitute over the ingredients listed above for a zippy twist on your diet recipes.
Take note that the more fat cells a person collects, the harder it can be to lose weight, so that's a very good reason to begin now instead of producing additional fat cells which will only serve to make future weight loss efforts even more difficult.
Calorie-free is going to be a bit difficult to find in your pantry or fridge, but the following food comes pretty close: 2 scrambled egg whites prepared with non stick spray = about 30 calories