Working on your weight-loss journey?
by Alexander Stark

So you made the decision to actively work on managing your weight, but you're tired of all those fad diets that just make you feel miserable. In this article I will give you some tips to help you start working on your diet at a controlled rate without having to only eat broccoli and carrots.

When it comes to weight loss, you do not have to eat super healthy to see results. In fact, you can eat pretty much anything you want as long as they are in manageable amounts. While eating fruits and veggies are great for your health, they do not directly improve your odds of changing your weight. A Calorie is just a Calorie from a weight-loss perspective meaning that you could lose weight on a diet of big-macs and Coca-Cola if you really wanted to (But I wouldn't advise it). The tips I am about to give you are suggestions and guidelines and do not need to be done all at once if you do not feel comfortable doing so.

Plan your meals
Whether that means preparing a meal to take with you to work or knowing where you are going and what you are getting, but the important thing is to plan the meal out in advance by at least 24 hours. This is helpful because then you can help deter those impulse buys that are too much food or are not what you really want.

Make conditions for food you want to eat less of
You would be surprised at the success there is in making conditions for things you want to reduce. Let us take soda for example, if you want to cut down on your soda intake because of the number of empty calories, try making a condition where you must drink 3x the amount of water before you can have a soda.

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So, if you drink 36oz of water you can have one 12oz can of soda. Your conditions can be as big or as small as you want, as long as you think you can hold yourself to them.

A balanced meal is good for your health
While you can lose weight successfully no matter what you eat, there are benefits to eating a balanced diet. In order for your body to take care of itself it needs different nutrients just like your kids need to eat different things for them to grow big and healthy. If you eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains your body will be thankful and you will be able to feel the difference. Not everything you eat needs to be healthy, but it's always a good idea to have a little of each of these every day.

How much you need to eat each day is based off how physically active you are. The average person needs about 2000 Calories a day so by reducing your intake to between 1700 and 1800 Calories a day, you will encourage your body to burn some of your bodyfat. By reducing the amount, you by this much you can burn more fat without triggering your body to go into starvation mode which can result in storing more of what you eat as a defense system against starvation from when food was scarcer.

Exercise tip
Increasing your strength can be extremely important as you age. Try carrying more groceries at a time, this will save you trips to the car and improve your upper body strength. Or try doing a few squats when you get out of bed in the morning. This will help keep your legs strong and help get your blood flowing for the day.