Don’t Scare Your Friends Away!
Does it seem like your friends tend to disappear when you are in the midst of a weight loss regimen? Do they claim you are cranky and no fun to be around? They are probably right! If you cut your calories too severely, your serotonin (“feel good” chemicals in your body) levels will drop. To keep you friends around, make sure to eat enough calories every day. Eat at least three balanced meals a day that contain all the major food groups. If you feel hungry before a meal, try snacking on a piece of fruit. Also, do not be afraid to go out to eat with your friends. Many restaurants offer many healthy options on their menus nowadays.
Eat Less Meat
To avoid spending tons of money on your diet, try to eat less meat. Lean meats tend to cost a lot, causing your grocery bill to skyrocket. Replace a daily serving of meat with another protein-rich food like beans, rice or mushrooms. These foods will still fill you up but are much cheaper than meat. Eating less meat will also save you some calories.
Plan Your Meals Beforehand
When you are trying to lose weight, it is important to plan your meals in advance. If you don’t, you will be tempted to just grab anything when you are busy. Take the time to go to the grocery each week and stock up on healthy-meal necessities.
Don’t Forget to Build Muscle
If you avoid weight training while dieting, you run the risk of losing muscle. It is important to have muscle because it keeps your metabolism running fast. To maintain good muscle tone, make sure to eat plenty of protein and strength train for 30 minutes three days a week. Eating protein before strength training will help you work out longer.
Avoid Complete Deprivation
If you completely deprive yourself during your diet, you are only setting yourself up for failure. If you, for example, try to eat nothing but raw food, you are less likely to stick to your diet. Instead of following an extreme regimen, try making some small changes first. Making small changes can help you lose weight and keep it off. For example, try cutting out soda and eating a side of veggies with each meal.
Although losing weight will be difficult at times, it is possible to get down to your goal weight. Following these tips will definitely make your weight loss journey a lot less painful. If you keep up with your diet, you will lose weight in no time.
In addition to following her own weight loss tips, blogger Archana Gupta supplements her dieting strategy with weight loss injections (purchased here).