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7 Steps to a Healthful Weight

7 tips to a healthful weightWe all know the "secret" of successful weight loss: Eat less and exercise more. It's not always easy, but by adopting healthy eating habits and a regular exercise routine, you are sure to lose weight without depriving yourself of nourishing, satisfying food. And if you continue those good habits after you reach your goal, you will have an excellent chance of maintaining your desired weight. Here are some tips for successful weight loss:

  1. Avoid artificial sweeteners and synthetic fat substitutes. They are unhealthy and don't help you develop good eating habits.
  2. Dietary supplements or "fat-burning herbs" are usually just stimulants - don't rely on them. The pounds will surely return once you've stopped taking them.
  3. Build lean body mass. Strength training burns excess calories and influences the way your brain regulates hunger, making you less susceptible to food cravings. Try lifting weights that are slightly heavier than you are used to for a rep or two, to challenge your muscles.
  4. Kick up your heels. Dancing is another great way to expend calories - an hour of fast-paced dancing can burn 400-500 calories, plus it’s fun!
  5. Pay attention to the mental and spiritual aspects of weight control. Use relaxation exercises - instead of food - to combat anxiety.
  6. Avoid late-night eating. The snack foods we consume when sitting in front of the television or to curb a craving tend to be heavy on processed carbs and inflammatory fats. Plan your dinner at a time that does not leave you hungry before bed, and if you must snack, opt for a piece of fruit or a handful of almonds.

As you lose the weight, don’t become too impatient to reach your goal. You may be dissatisfied with your body, but it is beautiful just the same.

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Reader Comments (4)

What do you suggest for people who do all of the things you recommend and still don't manage to lose any weight? They do manage to get stronger, more flexible, more fit, and healthier, but they don't lose weight. Would you say that they should continue to strive for weight loss or be happy that they are stronger, more flexible, more fit, and healthier, and forget about their weight?

June 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commentervesta44

Is raw fruits and vegetable healthier and better option than cooked food.

June 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDorothy Doorasamy

nice and useful tips :-)

June 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMERRY

In my experience most people ignore or are not aware of #5 - the emotional and spiritual side of our food choices. We may reach for crunchy, salty potato chips or smooth, creamy chocolate pudding if we are anxious or in need of a hug.

June 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

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