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10 Best Weight Loss Tips

10 November 2014, 14:16 Meagan Karstens

Nairobi - Forget quick-fix starvation diets and eating plans from hell. Incorporate these easy lifestyle fixes for effective long-term weight loss.

1. Keep a diary.
Keep a food journal and use it to devise a plan to counter all your bad habits. Apart from figuring out your daily consumption, writing down what and when you eat can help motivate you to make better choices.

Click here for advice on choosing foods that promote healthy weight loss.

2. Discover what works…
…and what doesn’t. Because we’re all unique (shape, height, gender etc.), our dietary needs and fitness requirements will differ so instead of following an eating plan that your sister recommended, visit a specialist first who can design something with your individual lifestyle in mind.

3. Eat breakfast
We cannot stress the importance of a hearty meal in the mornings. Not only does it stimulate your metabolism, but include a healthy dose of lean protein to your early java, and you’ll be less likely to binge later in the day too.

4. Set realistic goals
Having a long-term goal is good, but to make your weight loss journey seem easier and less of a drag, set short-term targets for yourself too. Remember that achieving lasting weight loss requires an eating plan and an exercise regime that is practical enough to be part of your lifestyle forever.

5. Don’t give up
Being healthy will benefit you in the long run, but getting into shape does not mean you can’t indulge on the odd occasion. Instead of getting despondent and giving up after a ‘break out’ (or if you’ve suddenly hit a plateau), make a decision to remain optimistic.

6. Make exercise a priority
For weight loss, what you put in is essential, but any expert will tell you that true success is a combination of eating properly and exercising regularly.

7. Load up on fruit and veggies
Top off every meal with a fruit or a portion of veggies because they’re low in energy, high in volume and astronomical in disease-fighting nutrients.

8. Reward yourself
Losing weight and keeping it off is an accomplishment worth honouring. But instead of celebrating with food and eating, splurge on something that will make you feel good.

9. Be a savvy shopper!
Become a label officer and pay careful attention to the ingredients’ list vs. the marketing claims. Take note of everything from the fat content, sugar and sodium levels; to the additives, kilojoule count and even allergens present.

10. Love yourself
Quit unnecessary self-pity and learn to accept and appreciate your body and appearance.  Consider the good you are doing by trying to lose weight and taking your health back and let that encourage you and keep you motivated.

 - Women24

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