Trying to lose weight can be one of the most difficult things to do as it can take a lot of hard work, dedication and will power. Many people try various different diet plans or exercise regimes but give up before they have even properly started.
It’s important for both males and females to keep their body fat percentage to a healthy level and you can achieve this by both eating healthy and undertaking regular exercise. So let’s take a look through some basic tips to help bring down your body fat percentage.
Do Not Skip Breakfast
There is a misconception that to lose weight easily you should skip out on eating breakfast. This is completely untrue, it is important to eat at regular meal times and the most important meal of the day is breakfast.
Breakfast will help set you up for the rest of your day and if you skip it then you are more likely to want to snack on unhealthy foods throughout the day.
Instead of skipping breakfast it’s more important to choose a healthy but filling option. Avoid sugary cereals and swap them for slow release foods such as porridge or eggs, both of which will keep your filled up for longer, so you wont need that mid morning snack to keep you going.
Also try to drink a pint of water before eating anything in the morning as this will also help with any hunger pains you may have.
How Often Should I Weigh Myself?
While it’s important to know how much you weigh so that you can set yourself targets to reach and understand your progress, try not to get too focused on the numbers on your scales.
Weight loss is a marathon not a sprint so while you obviously will want to see progress quickly it can take longer than you realise to see the weight dropping off.
As well as keeping an eye on your overall weight you should also be aware of what your body fat percentage is, you can do this by using a body fat percentage calculator which can help you to understand the numbers and be useful when setting yourself targets.
Avoid Fizzy Drinks And Alcohol
If you are trying to lose weight then one of the first things you should look at on your diet is how much sugary drinks you consume every day. So many soft drinks and alcoholic beverages contain a huge amount of sugar. For example one pint of hard cider contains the equivalent of one big sugary doughnut.
Avoid all fizzy sugary drinks and instead drink plenty of water. Water not only helps you quench your first but also can help keep you feeling filled up for longer.
We should all be drinking at least two litres of water every day but many people do not even drink one litre. Dehydration can often be mistaken for hunger. Many times when we may think that we are hungry and need food we are actually dehydrated, this confusion often leads us to eating more calories than we need which in turn means we gain weight. This can all be avoided by making sure we drink enough water every day.
Use A Smaller Plate For Your Meals
One easy trick that seems to work well is to swap your large plates and stitches that you normally use for all your meals for smaller versions.
We often when disching u our food always look to fill the plate up which can often lead to us eating more food than we should or actually need. After eating meals we should feel pleasantly filled up not overly full up or even sick.
Once you get used to using smaller plates you should discover that you end up cooking a lot less food for meal times and in turn you will start to notice you didn’t actually need all that extra food you were eating.
Do More Physical Exercise
Losing weight takes a combination of not only eating healthy but also exercising more. Try and do some form of exercise at least once a day. This doesn’t have to be over demanding exercise such as running or swimming it can be just going for a brisk walk. All exercise is good exercise.
Try to get into good habits with doing more exercise, for example instead of driving to your local shop walk there instead, as you’re going to burn off more calories this way.
Not everyone enjoys exercises like going to the gym or running so you need to find what works best for you. If you are doing an exercise you enjoy then you are more likely to continue long term with it. Maybe you would enjoy swimming, riding a bike or taking an exercise class, try different forms of exercise to discover which you enjoy.
Set Yourself Realistic And Attainable Goals
Losing weight is a process and not something that can happen overnight. You need to set yourself goals once you decide to try and lose weight but these goals need to be reasonable and achievable. There is no point in setting a goal to lose a certain amount of weight in an unreasonable amount of time.
Be realistic with your goals and you are much more likely to stick to your regime and reach them. Try to have an end goal target weight you would like to reach but do not set yourself a time limit to reach it. Instead make smaller targets to get to your final goal.
For example instead of having a target of ten kilos in ten months, break that down to losing a certain amount per month and per week. This makes it seem more achievable to spread out over the long term.
If you do not reach certain goals do not beat yourself up, weight loss is a hard thing to achieve so instead brush yourself off and go again.
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