Looking for healthy senior weight loss tips? Well, that shouldn't be too hard. Everyone knows about healthy weight loss tips, right?
We’re not talking rocked science here. All you have to do is eat less and exercise more! In other words, burn more calories than your consume!
Well shucks, that's a walk in the park! Simple! What could be easier?
Well, in fact many things could be easier – much easier!
I recently asked a friend how she stayed looking so trim and fit. Her response: “Oh, it’s just in my genes”.
Her genes? Her genes? She has jeans while I have sweatpants? What’s with that?
Judging from the epidemic of overweight and obese people in the United States, a person could really wonder if healthy weight-loss tips isn’t rocket science after all! In fact do you know your BMI, or Body Mass Index?
Maybe the most common way to lose weight is by dieting. The benefit of this method is that the weight tends to come off fairly rapidly. For example, if you want to lose weight for a special occasion – a class reunion, family gathering, etc.- dieting may be just the ticket.
The down side to diets is the benefits generally are short lived. Over a period of weeks or months, the pounds gradually reappear.
Repeating this cycle multiple times causes stress for the body.
At all costs, avoid purging, laxatives, and starvation diets, – as well as smoking. Yes, these are effective ways of losing weight rapidly, but they are very dangerous to your health. The Schwarzbein Principle explains how you open yourself up to many dreaded diseases by dieting like this.
A better approach is to look at the larger picture. Consider a change to your lifestyle to lose weight
Don’t become impatient with this approach, just because it may talk longer for you to see the results you want.
While the initial results may take longer to appear, the lasting benefit is your improved health over your remaining lifespan! So, let's consider some healthy weight-loss tips.
The first thing you need to consider when thinking about losing weight is you degree of commitment. Are you serious about losing weight, or are you just mildly curious?
Unless you are serious, why not save yourself the hassle? Isn’t it true that anything worth having is worth the effort of getting?
So if you’re serious, let’s get going!
Losing weight can be overwhelming. So let’s simplify it. Break senior weight loss into smaller, simpler steps.
A good plan is to keep a journal. Write down what you eat and when. This will help you be accountable – to yourself only. For your eyes only. Be honest with yourself.
It is also important to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water. Yes, water. Be careful of juices, even fruit juices. They have high amounts of sugar and no fiber, which is a bad combination for those of us who are trying to lose weight.
Sometimes an urge to eat is prompted by thirst, so if you stay hydrated you will close another avenue to overeating.
Yes, I do need to admit that drinking adequate amounts of water does bring its own set of “inconveniences”, but that is a small price to pay for improved health.
If your urine is dark in color and highly odoriferous (read “it stinks”), you are not drinking enough water! It needs to be light or clear in color and with little or no odor.
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