How to lose weight while still enjoying the foods you love

Enjoying your favorite foods and drinks might lead to excess weight on your waistline and other parts of your body. Sometimes restricting yourself may lead to excessive eating; more than you had planned. Food should not be about restriction. Food is about sustaining yourself. If you want to keep eating your best foods and maintain your weight for the long haul, follow these tips;

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  1. Drink a lot of water. Water is a great alternative over a beverage that is high in calories and it keeps you full for longer and helps you to curb hunger. Water is also an appetite suppressant especially when you drink water before you eat. Water should be taken with every meal and snacks. If you do not like water, add fruit and herbs to your water to enjoy.
  2. Portion control. A complete lack of portion control leads to unintentional overeating. One of the best ways to portion your food is to share it with someone else; with a friend or a relative. Don’t go to a fast food place by yourself, because you will finish the whole meal or if you do eat half and have the rest packed so that you can take it to someone else. A portion meant for one person can be divided between two people when you do not have the option of a Happy Meal.
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  3. Most of your meals constitute healthy food. At least seventy five percent of your daily food should be high in vegetables, proteins, fruit and good carbs. You are what you eat. If my diet consists of mostly junk food, it will eventually show. Eating healthy food majority of the times will make you healthy.
  4. Don’t skip meals. You will overeat when you get hungry. Eat regularly. Excessive hunger leads to loss of energy which in effect makes the body crave sugar in order to bring up your energy.
  5. Listen to your body. Pay attention to your hunger and to the times you are full. It is important to know what your body needs so that you do not overeat or end up starving yourself. Boredom may contribute to overeating. Listen to your body and give it what it needs as opposed to what it wants.
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  6. Exercise. Incorporate physical activity in your daily life. Whether it is walking, skipping rope, running or dancing, having this activity is a great way to burn off excess calories. The main reason that we gain weight is that we consume more calories than we are able to burn off naturally. Exercise is a great way to assist the body to burn calories.
  7. No midnight snacks. Don’t eat anything at least two hours before you sleep. That is just wasted food as it does not give the body enough time to digest the food prior to you sleeping and will hinder you from your ultimate goal of losing weight.
  8. Meal prep. If you know early in advance what you are going to eat, you are less likely to eat something unhealthy. Planning ahead your meals is not only good for the food you eat, but is also good for portion control and will prevent binge eating especially at night.
  9. Sleep well. Lack of enough sleep causes weight gain due to increased hunger and lack of energy associated with exhaustion.
  10. Enjoy your food. Don’t feel guilty and put yourself down for eating good food.

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