By: Steven Thrash
Infomercials are evil! I can’t tell you how many times I have sat and watched late night T.V. ads, and cringed, as they promote quick-fix weight loss pills and fad diet remedies that just don’t work. There is not a healthy way to lose 50 pounds in a month, but I am going to share 3 reasonable and easy ways with you that will lead to safe and effective weight loss. And you won’t have to starve yourself -- I promise.
1) EAT: Yes, and you’re not reading this wrong. You can eat, but make healthier choices. DON’T eat out at restaurants all the time. DO enjoy three meals a day and a couple of snacks, if you need them. Start with a big breakfast that consists of more than just cereal. While a serving of cold cereal is approximately 150-220 calories, depending on the brand, it will run right through you. In other words, your breakfast won’t last as long and you will get hungrier sooner. Try eating foods with plenty of protein and fat for your first meal of the day. Eggs, ham and sausage will keep your appetite under control a lot longer than a bowl of Captain Crunch or a sugary-soaked donut. Remember, that losing weight relates directly to burning calories. You must burn 3,500 calories to lose one pound of body weight. If you make healthier choices, you will be able to eat more and still shed those pounds.
2) AVOID THE FOLLOWING FOOD AND BEVERAGES: Beware of the following foods and drinks: Sweets, white bread, mashed potatoes, fast food, pasta, beer and sodas. I know that many of these items are delicious, but they are loaded with calories. If you take in more calories, you have that much more to burn, which makes weight loss very difficult. Now, I’m not saying give them up completely, but you have to be careful and cutback on these items. I recommend substituting diet soda for regular cola, replacing sweets with fruits and switching to whole wheat pasta and breads. Personally, I am addicted to Mello Yellow, so I allow myself a couple of cans a week. You don’t have to give these foods and beverages up completely, but find creative ways to balance them with a healthy diet.
3) EXERCISE: It’s so much easier to burn calories off, if you are active. Weight lifting helps build muscle mass, which in turn burns fat. Walking and running are great cardio workouts that really burn off the calories, whether you are outdoors or on the treadmills. The best way to approach exercise is to find something you love to do. Personally, I love to play basketball, so I use that as my major source of cardio. It’s a lot easier to keep up an exercise routine when it doesn’t seem like work. Find your passion and you’ll see the transformation in the mirror in virtually no time.
It’s not rocket science, but weight loss isn’t a quick fix either. Eat healthy, avoid “bad” food choices and get more active. If you follow these three easy steps, you will see the pounds melt away.