Many young people go on a crash diet to lose weight
without knowing the adverse effects that it can cause
on your body. The notion that the solution to weight
loss is a crash diet or the ability to stay off food
is totally wrong and erroneous and should be avoided
as it leads to serious health problems. To lose weight
you need not deprive yourself of food or starve yourself.
The solution is moderation and it involves making
five simple changes in your daily food habits.
Don't torture your body.
You might think that the less you eat the more
you will lose weight. You might go on an extremely
low calorie diet and completely avoid anything that
carries high calories. Well you will lose weight but
then your body will be weak. If you make a habit of
consuming fewer calories than your body requires,
your body will automatically go into the 'starvation
mode', which will definitely result into weight loss
but you will be losing not fat but important components
of your body like water and muscle. Thus although
your size and your weight goes down, the fat still
remains. With the result that you will experience
lethargy, weakness, Fatigue, hunger pangs, headaches
and loss of concentration. Thus try to avoid extremely
low or extremely high calorie food intake. Just stop
Balance your diet. Eat more of low calorie
high fiber foods such as salads and fresh fruits with
each meal. Avoid salad dressings. Eat more of whole
grain food and also try out vegetable soups, which
are great if you are on a diet. Avoid red meat (beef,
pork, ham, sausage), organ meat (liver, brain, kidney)
and egg yolks since they are bad for your health as
they fall into the saturated fat category. These foods
contain high level of calories. Saturated fats, oily
stuff, sweets, ice cream and chocolates should be
avoided as far as possible. Include sprouts in your
food intake, as they are rich in protein.
Don't skip meals.
Don't commit the mistake of skipping meals.
If you are thinking that if you skip one meal you
might work towards losing some weight but it is quite
the opposite. Because when you eat you tend to eat
more and this might work against all your efforts
of losing weight. Breakfast is one meal that's very
important because as the first meal of the day it
helps you to raise your energy levels and provides
you energy for the rest of the day. Dinner should
always be light. Your body burns few calories while
you sleep and if you consume excess calories at dinner,
it can easily get stored up in the body as fat.
Learn a few tricks.
of eating three large meals in a day eat six small
two glasses of water prior to each meal.
on eating. Relish the food you are eating and don't
divert your attention to anything else while you
are having your meal.
eat while watching television since you don't keep
track of how much you are eating and you tend to
each morsel thoroughly to liquid consistency. This
will help digest the food properly.
for a moment before taking an extra serving.
overeat and don't get swayed away by seeing your
favourite food served on the table, which might
contain high calories.
dining out avoid high calorie food.
Don't lose heart. Everyone's weight control
efforts get sidetracked from time to time. You might
get fed up of going on a diet over and over again
without getting any result. Don't worry. It is important
to remember that temporary setbacks should, after
the initial disappointment, serve as stepping-stones
to future success. Use your past failures as learning
experiences on the way to successful weight control.
So pick yourself up and go ahead do it this time.