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10 Things That Helped Me Lose Weight
10 Things That Helped Me Lose Weight

Someone recently asked me what were the most important things I learned about losing weight during the time I lost 48lbs (22kg). In response, I came up with 10 things that I felt were crucial to my success and could help anyone, no matter which diet they chose to follow...

10 Things That Helped Me Lose Weight 

1. Lose weight slowly (1 or 2 lbs per week). Any more than this can cause you to have a "haggard" look when you have reached your ideal weight (Because of the elastic nature of your skin). Losing too much too quickly can also cause you serious health problems.

2. Consistency. Your weight and general health will reflect what you do and eat most of the time.

3. Exercise burns fat quickly and gives you energy. There seem to be many different opinions about whether you need to exercise to lose weight or just change your diet. I believe you need to do both for many reasons and the main two for me are: Number one, it makes you feel great! and number two, it allows you to cheat more than you would be able to if you didn't exercise (think chocolate-covered energy bars!)

4. Muscle building. I don't mean bodybuilding. Your muscles use energy all day so the bigger they are the more energy they need and the less energy gets stored as fat. Just doing small amounts of weight training can make a big difference (especially for women).

5. Metabolic rate. Raising your metabolic rate will use energy which either burns fat or stops fat from being stored. Exercise will raise your metabolic rate and so will spicy foods. For instance, I have found adding mustard to food helps me.

6. Planning. Plan what you are going to eat at least a week in advance. This makes sure you stick to the diet and don't accidentally eat the wrong thing. If you find it difficult to plan or just don't have the time try using an online service. You can find more information about these.

7. Eat regularly and often. Always have breakfast, lunch, and dinner - every day. If possible eat 5 times a day, a small snack between breakfast and lunch and another one between lunch and dinner. Each time you eat you raise your metabolic rate - see number 5.

8. Some food should not be mixed. Mix meat and/or dairy products (such as cheese) with vegetables and never with rice or pasta or potatoes. For example, at parties, if you see a buffet only eat the meat and cheese and vegetables or only eat the pasta and rice. Mixing the wrong foods is worse than eating too much.

9. Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated all day helps your general fitness and health which is particularly important when exercising regularly and burning fat.

10. Listen to your body. Your body will let you know how it is doing and what it needs. For example, your stomach produces the same chemicals as your brain when reacting to things. The only difference between the two is that your stomach has not learned to doubt itself!

These are the things that helped me and I hope you find something in here to help you too. I am not a doctor and this article is for informational purposes only. You should always consult your doctor for your dietary and health choices.

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