By Simon Volk
There are a couple of simple things you can do to help in the process of lossing weight. For the most part they are common sense and should be part of your daily routine even if you are not currently on a weight loss program.
1. Less Food Later in the Day
Sometimes a diet is really not so much about what we eat, but when we eat. A large meal or extra helping of left over dessert right before bed is not a good idea. Your body is shutting down the metabolism when it goes to sleep so more of this late night snack will get stored as fat. You know what they say “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. That is because it gives your metabolism a kick start and gets your fat burning machine on the road.
2. More, Smaller meals
Sticking with the whole metabolism thought pattern, you have to keep this internal engine running in high gear. Eat several small meals spaced evenly throughout the day instead of three large meals will keep things burning.
3. Exercise Early in the Day
One more stab at metabolism, if your schedule will allow exercise early in the day. Again this will kick start you metabolism for the day and get it burning the fat away. I have also heard that late in the day will help keep your metabolism going into the night, but I don’t really have an opinion on that either way.
4. Water, Water, Water
Our bodies are approximately 60 percent water (your brain is more like 70%), so needless to say it is important. With weight loss it is even more important. First if you are exercising you will need to replace loss fluids so as not to dehydrate. Second, your body uses water (specifically in your blood) to dilute and carry away the waste from the fat burning process. Check out this cool hydration calculator to get a good idea of how much water you might need.
Not going to say a lot here due to the many variations. So two simple things, one make sure you are taking a complete multi-vitamin daily to insure your body has what it needs to operate at peak performance. Two, there are plenty of things (some natural, some not) advertised to help you loose weight. Bottom line – consult with your physician before taking any of them.
6. Healthy Snacks on Demand
Make it a habit to have health snacks on hand. Fresh fruit or veggies, low fat yogurt, low calorie snack alternatives, etc. That way when the inevitable hunger pains hit you in the middle of the afternoon or between dinner and bed time, you have a healthy alternative.
7. Eating Out – Salad
One problem I have run into is having multiple lunch meetings per week. Eating the restaurants’ special of the day or worse fast food is not a good alternative. Go ahead and splurge once in a while, but more often than not stick with a simple salad with low fat or no dressing at all.
Hope these ideas help you with your weight loss goals. A final reminder, before starting any diet or exercise program consult with your physician to determine what is right for you. Good luck and good health.
Simon Volk has been a contributing author for websites and is an acknowledged expert in the field of health and fitness. He can be found on the internet at the website: www.healthfitnessarticle.com
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