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Helpful Tips on Weight Loss

Posted Nov 17th, 2008 by Patient Assistance Team

Fighting obesity is not always the easiest task to undertake. Many obese people have problems with exercising and maintaining a healthy diet for many reasons. One major reason is that overweight people become accustomed to a certain dietary lifestyle—eat everything in sight. While that is an exaggeration, it's not far from the truth. This article will provide some helpful tips on weight loss.

Drop the Fatty Foods

No more burgers, fries, fried chicken, or any greasy foods. These foods are high in saturated fat-- or trans fats and generally add way too many calories to your diet. Trans-fats are basically the bad fat that you don't want to include in your diet. It is very unhealthy and fattening. Even fast foods are straying away from trans-fats due to new laws protecting consumer's health. A better alternative would be foods such as: salads, yogurts, cereals, and other non-greasy foods. So the bottom line is to stay away from the fats and start gearing your diet to more organic and green foods. They will help you lose weight as well as increase your energy.

Portion Control

We as humans are naturally attracted to excess and it shows in our eating habits. That is why a lot of obese people get that way due to overeating. We can start losing weight if we simply control how much we eat. Instead of eating a full sandwich, eat half of one. You can save the other half for dinner. That is a simple example of “Portion Control”. We can apply this principle to breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is a healthier way to eat. You will also lose weight quicker the more you control your portions.

Get On A Treadmill

Of course, no matter how great our diet may be, aerobic exercise is essential to losing weight. That's right, there's no way to avoid this physically demanding chore if you are truly attempting to lose weight in a timely manner. It doesn't have to be 5 miles a day or anything, just get started and build up. You can start running only half a mile per day. Once you feel comfortable-- maybe after a month or so-- you can eventually start running a mile a day. You will notice that your stamina will shoot through the roof and that the pounds start dropping sooner than you expected. So, go ahead and get jogging. It is one of the most important steps to losing weight. It is also one of the most rewarding.

Start Now!

These are just a few quick suggestions to get you started on your path to fitness and weight loss. The road will be a long and challenging one. As long as you follow the simple steps mentioned above, they should jump start your fitness plan and you will be on your way to a fitter body. Don't worry if it's hard at first, anything worth having is. Once you start seeing progress and the weight starts dropping, you will find the routine becomes easier. Now go drop those pounds and become a healthier you!