It can be hard to lose weight these days, especially if you are not a person who enjoys cooking. The options for those who want fast, convenient food can be limited and it is hard not to just give in and pull into that drive-thru. It takes some planning, strength and determination to maintain a healthy weight and resist the temptations that come our way every day.
There are a few secrets to successfully losing weight, the first being self discipline. No one can lose weight without first making some lifestyle changes and sticking to them, which takes enormous amounts of strength and will power. It helps to have friends and family that will be encouraging, and also helps to steer clear of those who may want to sabotage your dieting and lifestyle changes.
There are vast amounts of studies and research available which prove time and again that the enemies of health and weight loss are refined sugars, processed foods and Trans fats. Processed sugar can be found in soda, candy, doughnuts, cookies, frozen foods and some condiments. Fried foods which are full of Trans fats such as French fries, and anything breaded and fried will cause weight gain as well as heart disease so it’s best to stay away from them.
Another key to successfully keeping the weight off is to not completely deprive yourself. If you enjoy sweet snacks and soda is your thing, limit the soda consumption to one can that is made with real sugar and not high fructose corn syrup. If you love chicken nuggets buy the children’s size, and only rarely. If you deny yourself a “prize” once and a while you may find yourself unhappy which could cause you to revert back to bad eating habits. You will find that over time you will be unable to consume as much sugar as you used to because your palate will become more sensitive to the taste; you will also find that you enjoy fruit much more than a candy bar. The same can be said for fried foods as well; once you stop eating them so frequently you will notice over time that you don’t enjoy them so much.
One way to make mealtime more healthy and convenient is to prepare meals in advance. Meals can be frozen in portion sizes then reheated in the oven or microwave. Also, keep your vegetable drawer full of fruits and vegetables that can be grabbed on the go such as baby carrots, radishes, celery pieces, apples, and bananas. Peanut butter is a great source of protein and pairs with apples and celery for a quick low cal snack.
Eating clean can be easier than you think; it just takes a bit of planning and a considerable amount of willpower. It’s true that those deep fried and sugary snacks are tasty, but to live a life relatively free of doctors’ offices, procedures and medications one must make a healthy choice.