Win at Weight Loss: 7 Self-Control Secrets (With Slideshow)

Win at Weight Loss: 7 Self-Control Secrets (With Slideshow)

Wanna win at weight loss? Here: 7 Tips to Increase Self-Control

Losing excess weight and keeping it off is a difficult, but necessary, task. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 69% of American adults are overweight. Being overweight can lead to many dangerous health conditions, such as high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, and heart disease.

Despite the risks, most of us have a hard time resisting the temptation of high calorie foods and other unhealthy lifestyle choices. The good news is that there are several ways to boost your willpower so that you can successfully lose those unwanted pounds!

Try these strategies to increase your self-control and successfully lose weight:

1. Get plenty of rest. Resisting the urge to cheat on your diet takes energy. You’re more likely to give in to temptation when you’re tired. Make preparations to get a restful night’s sleep and take frequent breaks during the day to boost your willpower.

2. Identify cravings and make healthy substitutions. Cravings can be irresistible and derail the most determined dieters. The next time you crave a specific food, satisfy the craving with a healthy substitute.

  • Fresh fruit and vegetables are great alternatives when you’re craving calorie-heavy, crunchy chips.
  • Try adding cinnamon to make foods taste sweeter without adding excess sugar.
  • Other spices such as garlic, oregano, and basil can add flavor to foods without adding salt.
  • Try broiling or pan searing some of your foods in place of frying them. You’ll still get a crunchy outer layer without the use of oil.

3. Focus on one area of improvement at a time. Our ability to exercise control is like a muscle. It can be built up, as well as exhausted.

  • If you want to lose weight and quit smoking, you might deplete your reserve of will power if you try to make both of these major changes at the same time.

4. Practice moderation. You can more easily strengthen your self-control if you take a moderate approach to dieting and exercise. Achieve success at weight loss by allowing yourself little indulgences from time to time.

5. Celebrate your success. We have more willpower when we have a clear goal that we’re working towards and feel as though our effort will be recognized or rewarded.

  • Divide your overall weight loss goal into several smaller chunks and celebrate as you reach each level.

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  • Choose a reward that isn’t tied to eating, such as buying a new outfit or going to see a new movie with a loved one.

6. Share your battle with a friend that will keep you on track. It’s easier to maintain your self-control and stay focused on achieving your weight loss goal when you have a friend to cheer you on and help you stay motivated.

7. Use affirmations and positive visualization. Regularly visualize yourself at the size you wish to be. Use self-talk and verbal statements that affirm your ability to control yourself.

Having the discipline to lose weight and keep it off can be very difficult. This is especially true since high calorie foods and other temptations are so readily available. Practicing these strategies can help you to increase your willpower and self-control so you can strengthen your health and win the battle for your waistline!

The Queen Drinks: Acapulco Dream Cream Recipe

The Queen Drinks: Acapulco Dream Cream Recipe

[yumprint-recipe id=’3′] Nutriinfo:
(per 4 oz serving)

Calories (kcal)
Energy (kj)
Fats
Carbohydrates
Protein
161
674
3.1 g
18.9 g
1.4 g
Fiber
Sugars
Cholesterol
Sodium
Alcohol
8.1 g
6.4 g
0 mg
11 mg
11.3 g
The Queen Drinks: 57 Chevy Cocktail Recipe

The Queen Drinks: 57 Chevy Cocktail Recipe

[yumprint-recipe id=’2′]Nutriinfo:
(per 3 oz serving)

Calories (kcal)
Energy (kj)
Fats
Carbohydrates
Protein
178
748
0 g
9.6 g
0.1 g
Fiber
Sugars
Cholesterol
Sodium
Alcohol
0 g

0 mg

26.2 g
Fit Mission: 5 Easy Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Fit Mission: 5 Easy Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Losing-Weight

Truth be told, there’s not really anything most would consider particularly easy about weight loss–but there are some things you can do to make it go a little more smoothly. And good news–there are several easy ways to boost your metabolism that you can try without much exercise.

Check out these simple methods and let me know what you think!

Read More: How I Lost More Than 100 Pounds Without Surgery or Voodoo

Easy Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

1. Thin and healthy people eat breakfast. You should too.

The morning meal jump starts your metabolism and helps to prevent binging later in the day.  A cup of coffee does not count – the caffeine and added sugar may give you a bit of energy and suppress your appetite for a little while it is sure to back fire into severe hunger and you will be more likely to overeat later.  Breakfast should include complex carbohydrates like whole grain (granola or oatmeal), along with some protein and fat (low-fat yogurt or milk), will keep your energy levels even and hunger in check.

2. Keep eating throughout the day.

Get into the habit of eating every three to four hours or at least four times a day.  Eating frequently stabilizes blood sugar, when blood sugar drops too low you want to eat…a lot.  By keeping your blood sugar stable you can control your appetite and keep you metabolic rate high.  When you go many hours without eating your body will compensate by slowing down to conserve energy…this effect hurts your weight loss efforts.

3. No meat, no eat. That is, eat your protein. It can be meat or veggie-based–doesn’t matter. Just eat it.

Protein will help to reduce your appetite, it takes more energy and time to digest, in effect you feel full longer than eating carbohydrates alone.  Research shows that eating more protein can help you lose weight without cutting calories.  Try these protein possibilities: turkey on whole wheat; hummus and pita; vegetarian chili; fruit and nuts; or protein snack bars that contain 12 or more grams of protein.

4. Listen to your body–only eat if you’re truly hungry.

Many of us grab a snack for quick energy when we are feeling tired.  But do not confuse true hunger with fatigue.  If you are feeling tired go for a 15-20 minute brisk walk.  This will raise your heart rate and give you a boost of energy.  Follow it up with a large glass of cool water.  If you are truly hungry have a protein and complex carbohydrate rich snack like; whole wheat crackers and peanut butter or cheese.

5.  You’ve go to eat ENOUGH to keep your body fueled up.

Eating too little slows your body’s metabolism the same way eating to infrequently does.  If you want to lose weight, do not slash your calories too drastically.  Instead, cut out some of the extras in your diet – things like soda, juice, packaged goods or candy.  Processed foods tend to be high in fat and calories and low in vitamins, minerals and fiber.

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