Article by Trevor John
Near enough everyone agrees that the best way to lose weight is by losing it naturally.
Trouble is, that’s usually where they stop.
Few people tell you how to go about a course of natural weight loss that will be healthy for you and is likely to result in a permanent loss of weight rather than a temporary one.
* Eat naturally. In our modern world, this means forgoing any food that has been highly processed. If the ingredients lists things you wouldn’t keep in your kitchen (or maybe don’t even recognize as food) then don’t eat it.
* Eat little and often. Most modern diets restrict your calories but if you’re not careful, your body thinks it is being starved and goes into defense mode, storing fat rather than losing it.
* Don’t deny yourself. If you really must have that apple pie and cream, go for it. With a smaller portion or more left on your plate before you decide you’ve had enough. The more you limit yourself, the more likely you are to crave that food and the more you’ll binge on it when you give in to the temptation.
* Drink lots of water. Target yourself for 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. Make some of these a glass about 30 minutes before eating a meal.
* Cut down on the caffeine. Not by switching to decaff – that has it’s own issues – but by substituting with lower or zero caffeine versions.
* Ignore diet drinks. Your body thinks you are drinking that sugar, even if it’s artificial, and will react accordingly. Besides, artificial sweeteners aren’t the nicest of substances to put in your body.
* Don’t obsess about your weight. Think about something else for a change! When you catch yourself thinking about how much you currently weigh, distract your mind and change subjects.
* Change your mind’s eye view of yourself. Think of yourself as being naturally thin rather than someone who needs a crane to get off the sofa.
* Exercise (yup, that word)! Even walking slightly more often will help – you don’t need to turn into a gym rat.
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