The battle of the bulge can come to a complete and abrupt stop with these few secrets. It seems a little odd to call them secrets because when most people see them they will say, “I knew that.” There is a difference in knowing how to do something and taking the action to do it. Here, the goal is to explain the secrets and offer a way to help with the actions as well.
Never go on a diet
Diets are not a long term solution. They are designed to help you lose weight and then you hopefully have learned some new habits. It rarely works. It turns into a yo-yo diet syndrome that lasts a lifetime. So choose not to diet, but go with other more permanent and practical ideas.
You can eat anything in moderation and if you think colorful you are on the right track. The new balanced plate that reminds you how many fruits and vegetables should be eaten in a meal is pretty straight forward. If you are in the produce department try the a colorful basket and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Eating should be pleasant and tasty.
Water is good
The old idea that 8 – 8 ounce glasses of water is what your body needs is outdated. Hydration is different for every person and using a hydration calculator is the best way to see how much is really needed. You may be surprised at the kinds of questions you will be asked, but it will make you think. How much you weigh, what altitude do you live at, weather and exercise are just a few of the questions that come to mind.
It is not easy for many to drink as much water as is necessary to be healthy. A cucumber slice in water gives it a fresh taste. There are many new water drops for flavor. Several of them are no calorie options. They have not been around long enough to say if there are any real side effects, but they are approved by the FDA.
It is also important to note that caffeine dehydrates. For every caffeinated drink you choose to drink add 16 more ounces of water.
Movement is necessary
Sometimes the word exercise can be very overwhelming. So don’t force yourself to exercise, instead choose to be active. Take a walk. Do a little yoga with the lady on tv. Find the television show “Sit and Be Fit” with Mary Ann Wilson. Wear a pedometer and increase the number of steps by 50 every day, even if you are marching in place. Choose to get on walk up the first flight of stairs and then take the elevator.
Many people find themselves in front of a computer for many hours a day. There are many little things that can be done to keep the body moving. WebMD has a great selection of activities that can be done sitting at a desk and they are extremely helpful.
Isometrics are great resistance activities. They can really help with a strong core.
Sing,dance, laugh and breathe deeply.
Moderation is a great mantra
There can really be too much of a good thing. So learn to practice moderation in all the aspects of your life and you will attain the balance needed to keep the weight off.