I recently watched the 20/20 episode that was aired on 01/04/2013 and imparted some very interesting facts and tips about maintaining a healthy weight in the long-term. Let’s face it, even before we implement a diet and exercise plan to shed the extra pounds, the question of whether we will be able to maintain the targeted weight pops into our mind.
As discussed on the show, fat cells in our body make it impossible for us to keep up weight loss efforts because they trick our mind into believing that the body is hungry even after a healthy meal has been eaten. Such a response by the body necessitates taking measures, so that losing weight is not perceived negatively by our system. Incorporating some simple tips into the weight loss regimen can make long-term success possible.
However, before going into the tips, it is imperative to gain some knowledge about nutrition and how exercise routines help increase the pace of weight loss. The importance of this step cannot be stressed enough. When Bree Boyce began her regimen to lose weight, she found it very helpful to get to know the mechanics of her workout routine first. Which exercise is most useful, which diet plan is to be implemented at what stage of the process and how to gradually increase the pace of exercising are some very important facts to seek information about.
You can trick your fat cells effectively and curb food cravings, with the following tips:
- Increase your intake of fluids: Taking 6 cups of cold water every day can make you lose five extra pounds in a year! Fluids have the power to give you a satiated feeling, thereby curbing the need for heavy foods such as burgers, sugary treats, and pastries. Pete Thomas’s Fluid Filler Feast is an excellent example of a diet that increases intake of water, soups, juices and other kinds of liquids to conquer the feelings of hunger generated by your fat cells.
- Eat sufficient proteins: Research has proven that lack of proteins in a person’s diet makes him or her crave untimely food. Make sure to take in a calculated amount of protein in each meal so that its deficiency does not harm your entire weight loss plan. Do not give those mischievous fat cells a chance to increase your cravings.
- Work on your sleep cycle: Sleep deprivation has a known side effect; fluctuating sugar levels. When sugar levels are not stable, the cravings for food increase manifold, thus making you break dieting rules. Because sugary foods are addictive, just one such slip can stimulate unlimited cravings for unhealthy foods.
- Move on if you slip: Experiencing a slip or two is okay, it is not the end of the world. Try to move on from it instead of taking it as an excuse to quit your weight loss regimen. Occasionally you may even feel that if you take a small portion of your favorite food, it will be fine because you are now in control. To give yourself a treat is not a bad idea but remember, you love the new you and you want to keep it that way!