Tip #2- Don't Starve Yourself
You are what you eat. How many times have you heard that before?
It is true. What you put into your body is exactly what you're going to get out of it. I am a huge believer of eating everything, but in moderation. I think many women fall into, "I need to lose some weight". Goodness, I hear that so often from my family and friends. Most women's solution to losing weight are cutting things out or going on a diet. Both are bad ideas.
Although most people have good intentions, most times they don't work. Depriving yourself or cutting out certain foods definitely isn't the way to go. Most people start with cutting out breads, pastas, sweets and alcohol. Unfortunately when people do this they end up being miserable and unhappy, they binge eat and are up and down with their weight like a Yo-Yo.
According to research it is believed that 75% of weight loss comes from diet, and 25 % from exercise.
75%, that's a lot! I have always eaten well, and eaten whatever I want. If I want bread, I will eat it. If I want a Blizzard, I will eat it. I think what's important is if you want to have these treats, then make sure you do some exercise too. But don't starve or deprive yourself of things that you love.
If you're hoping to get in or stay in shape, then try some of my suggestions below!!
1. Drink A Lot of Water
This one I know you've all heard before. It is essential that you drink lots of water to keep you hydrated. When you're dehydrated you get headaches and tend to feel lethargic. Plus, a lot of people mistake thirst for hunger and tend to eat junk when they're not really hungry at all. If you don't like water, and some people don't, add some sliced lemon, cucumber or berries. It's so refreshing & delicious.
2. Don't eat past 7:00 p.m.
This is a good one for people who are trying to maintain weight loss or lose some weight. It's easy for most of us to fall into a routine of watching some T.V. in the evening and having chips, chocolate or both. Most people eat dinner between 5:30 and 6:00, so by 7:00 you really shouldn't be hungry. If at 9 p.m. you're starving then have some fruit, veggies or yogurt.
3. Sleep & Rest
Your body needs to rest and sleep is essential to getting in and staying in shape. This may be difficult for a night hawk, but it is important that your body can repair itself. Make a green tea and watch some Real Housewives!
4. Keep the Wine for the Weekend
Most of my friends love red wine, well really any wine. Although red wine is believed to be good for your heart, having too much of it like anything else isn't. Wine, especially red wine is extremely dehydrating. If you drink your calories it's very easy to put on weight. Save wine as a weekend treat and you'll notice a big difference in not only how you feel, but also in how you look.
5. Be Positive
Most people stress about life: their jobs, their children, their finances, their relationships etc. It's very easy to be brought down by negativity. Having a positive outlook on living a healthy lifestyle and getting in and staying in shape will help you mentally as well. Surround yourself with people who enrich your life, not people who are negative or make you feel bad about yourself. Like they say, misery loves company and no one wants negative Nancy in their lives!
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