7 Rules To Losing Weight

weight lossThere’s always new diets and weight loss products out on the market, claiming to burn your fat by using their product. It’s best to save your money and lose weight the healthy and easy way. This is definitely the best way to lose weight, but it’s often overlooked because of the time it takes. Here are the 7 tricks to losing your weight:

1. Make it a Slow Process

Everyone wants to lose weight fast. This turns into a big discouragement when dieting because people aren’t seeing the results as quickly as they would like and they’re giving up. It’s important to realize that there are no magic solutions to losing weight and that it will take time to lose the weight. If you learn to accept that it isn’t a fast process then following these tips will be the easiest way to shed those extra pounds.

2. Never Leave out any Food Groups

Most of those diets you hear about will tell you to cut out a certain food group and focus on specific foods. The fact is, you need the vitamins and minerals from foods in each food group. You don’t want to sacrifice the health of your body in exchange for losing weight. These diets also require a major sudden change in eating habits which is very difficult, and once again, discouraging.

3. Don’t Diet!

This may seem like a contradictory way to losing weight but it’s not. What I mean by “don’t diet” is that your eating habits should only change very slightly. You won’t even realize that you’re losing weight if you’re eating pretty much the same way as you were before. For any skeptics out there, I lost six pounds (accidentally) in the past couple months by doing this. Sure it’s not a lot, but it all takes time. If I didn’t change my eating habits then I would still have those extra six pounds.

4. Don’t Finish it

This is the first step to dieting. The trick is to make very minor substitutions, and I mean very minor. If you’re going to eat a tasty 400-calorie donut then leave a few bites. Not eating a quarter of the donut would already save you from 100 calories. No sweat. You will notice after a few weeks that eating the three-quarters of the donut will fill you up as much as the full donut did a few weeks earlier.

You have to make sure to adjust to your weight loss by once again lowering the amount of the donut that you will eat. This works really well for large meals like supper. Saving a quarter of your supper would probably save you even more calories than the quarter of the donut. Note that 3500 calories = 1 pound. If you save yourself from 250 calories each day with this method and another 250 using the substitution method, you’re already losing a pound each week!

5. Substitution

The other important substitution method is replacing something healthier in place of that tasty donut I mentioned before. You would be surprised how little calories certain fruits and vegetables have. Some vegetables could save you up to 350 calories over eating the donut. It’s good to go out and find some fruits and vegetables that you really like. Finding lower calorie alternatives is also a good idea (ex. skim milk instead of 2%) Remember that 1 pound of fat equals about 3500 calories, meaning that if you make 250 calories of substitutions and don’t finish 250 calories of your meals per day then you’ll lose 1 pound each week. A month may seem like a long time to lose 4 pounds, but the point is you don’t have to think about it since it’s not difficult or anything. Just go about your day like you normally would and one day you’ll realize that you’ve lost x number of pounds.

6. Keep Your Metabolism Boosted

Remember the 250 calories of supper that you left? Eat it in 3 hours as a snack. Keeping your metabolism going is very important for losing weight since, well, that’s what burns your weight. To achieve this you have to eat a small snack every 3 hours. As I mentioned about the supper, it’s good to eat whatever you left from your meals at the three hour snack time after your meal.

7. Eat Slower

This one will really help you achieve the “Don’t Finish it” step. If you eat slower then you’ll feel full much faster.  When someone is overweight, they usually eat too quickly (like I do) and feel really full all of a sudden (often requiring a nap after occasions like a Chinese Buffet). This is because it takes some time for your body to process that you’re full. By the time your brain notices that you’re full, you’ve already jammed down a lot more. Once you eat slower, you’ll be really surprised at how little it actually takes to fill you up.

Just follow these 7 rules to losing weight and one day you’ll realize that you’ve lost a lot of weight. In fact, you’ll probably have forgotten that you were trying to lose weight since you get used to it quickly. In the end, you’ll feel better about yourself and you’ll be in the habit of eating in a healthy way.

Dancing Does More Than Just Burn Fat

danceLike many people, I’m not so much into fitness. In fact, I’m not fit at all. My job entails me to sit on my backside the whole day in front a computer. I rarely feel inspired to work out, even if I know that I badly need to, to burn fat and lose weight.

When I do get to do some cardio, it’s just because some friends have asked me to join them. I don’t really enjoy running that much, but since I enjoy my friends’ company, I tag along. I know running is good but I just find it boring.

Running round and round in an Olympic size oval until I can barely catch my breath isn’t exactly my idea of a fun work out. So what do I do? Believe it or not, I dance – hip hop to be exact.

For me, dancing is more intense than running. When I dance, the movements I make in sync to the fat bass of hip hop music can make me sweat more than when I run. And when I sweat more, I’m burning more calories. Although dancing does make me tired at the end of the day, I still find it more enjoyable.

Every pop, lock, drop, krump, kick, and jump forces my muscles to contract, burning calories as I go. But dancing is more than just being able to burn fat. It gives me a few more helpful benefits than what running can. One of these is body coordination.

Body coordination is being able to control my body the way I want to by using the right muscles right away. It’s attaining a sense of balance despite the many movements made at a given time. Because dancing involves choreography and steps, I’m able to improve my body coordination drastically. The more complicated steps I learn and do, the better my body coordination.

Dancing also gives me a ton of happy hormones. Okay, not a ton, but a lot compared to running. After a 2 to 4-hour session, I feel tired but content. Even if I fail to memorize complicated steps, the fact that I was able to bust some moves and at the same time get a much needed work out are enough reasons to make me feel good. It’s like I’ve done something worthwhile without putting my health at risk unlike drinking.

Dancing also helps boost my self confidence. Yes, I’m not your skinny type of gal, but if I can move like any skinny girl can, it makes me feel good about myself. If I’m able to krump and jump like a dude would, then that’s enough to boost my self-confidence.

And last but not least, dancing helps my extroverted side shine. Introverted people like me would rather be left in peace. But when I dance, I’m able to easily socialize with other people, especially with other hip hop dance enthusiasts. For them, it doesn’t matter if I look like a bouncing ball in the middle of the studio.

The fact that I can do a routine with the same punch as they can is enough for them to respect me as a person. This is why I love dancing. I burn fat and lose weight but actually gain more in terms of body coordination, self-confidence, and friends.