Losing weight is not going to be easy. Shedding those excess pounds is going to take a serious physical and mental commitment. Learning new strategies will help keep you excited, motivated, and serious about your goals. This article has some great tips to help you get fit and trim.
Trying to lose weight? Make sure you're drinking plenty of water, especially before a meal. Drinking a full glass of water before eating often helps many people eat less. And the next time you're tempted to reach for a snack, make sure you hit the water fountain. Sometimes, when our brain tells us we're hungry, we're really just thirsty.
Use washed, cut lemons in your drinking water. The lemony flavor will make the water taste better and that will encourage you drink more of it. You can cut up lemons and put them directly into a pitcher of ice water in the refrigerator to make drinking water quick and easy.
Weight loss is nearly impossible without water. Many times your body can trigger a hunger response to thirst. If you drink a big glass of water before you eat you will know if you are really hungry or if you are just dehydrated. Keep a drink for yourself on hand at all times.
Hunger is a problem for people trying to lose weight. Next time you are hungry, pause and think: is it true hunger or am I eating for non-food-related reasons? Many times we eat to satisfy emotional needs, or because we're tired, or need comfort. Often, we're just thirsty. Next time you feel hunger pangs, first examine your motives for feeling hungry, and then try drinking a very large glass of cool water. Before you eat again, see if the drink has satisfied your need.
An important part of losing weight is staying hydrated throughout the course of the day. But, sometimes the taste of water gets to be boring. Luckily, there are a variety of products that are low or no calories that you can flavor your water with to help make drinking lots of it much easier! Check out your local grocery store for these products and get drinking.
Drink the recommended amount of water every day. Usually, this is eight glasses of water but when you are active you will want to increase the amount you drink so you will stay hydrated. Drinking water will also keep you from getting hungry as often and prevent you from eating as much.
Two fantastic words for weight loss: eat salad. Not exciting enough? Research shows that the most overweight people can lose prodigious amounts of weight eating prodigious amounts of nutrient-rich, low-calorie food. One key is simplicity: try an entire head of romaine, chopped very fine (the water method in the blender is useful), and topped with an entire can of chili beans. It's a tasty, 300-calorie lunch that is jam-packed with fiber, protein, and vitamins. It will keep you full for hours, not to mention what it will do for your intestinal health.
Use a swimming pool to add natural tension to your body so those calories begin to burn quickly. The water has a natural resistance to your body. Because it is a fluid, your body naturally form fits into the water so you reduce chances of injury, and you will still be gaining the benefits of stretching out those muscles.
To seriously contribute to your weight loss efforts, drink 16 ounces of water right before a meal. Not only is it just plain healthy to begin with, those two glasses of water will fill you up and no matter how good the meal is you will eat less! It may be easier said than done, especially when you are hungry but it is a great way to really lose weight!
When you are changing your drinking patterns, you will want to be sure to ingest a high quality of water. By doing this you will lower the desires you have to drink other things and help you cut the addictions you have to the bad beverages. Remember to drink several cups per day.
Getting educated about weight loss is half the battle. If you can stick with the advice in this article, you can really improve your health. Don't give up! If you keep working and try to take these strategies to heart, you can lose that extra weight.
About author: Dr. PJ Prakash has a Ph.D. in Nutrition from the Univ. of Rhode Island (USA). Visit his website to download your Nutritional Weight Loss eCourse, or to tap into a great nutrition career.