Have you seen those sexy thin people who run past you on the trail or hop next to you on the elliptical? You know the ones who don the cute little sweats, a little headband, and radio.
Weight loss was never their problem and often they cannot understand a person who struggles with obesity. All right, we have had enough of that!
Now is time for us real people to have a discussion. You may be one who is sojourning down the diet road for the first time, or you may have gone down the street so many times the street names bear your own moniker.
Either way, do not worry. The two-phased secret to the mystery of the cute little headband and radio are moments away. So, let us begin then.
Phase #1 – Adopting Healthy Eating Habits
Our first foray into the labyrinth of BMI perfection will be losing weight by attacking our diet. I have gathered some of the web’s best and most different tips, strategies, methods, and tricks to save you from the surfing serfdom. Here they are, from numbers to knowledge.
Here they are, from numbers to knowledge. I highly recommend going through all the tips from these five websites.
Well, the folks at Reader’s Digest didn’t beat around the bush. They went right to the tried and true and immediately spilled their beans; watch your diet and exercise.
That is nice to know, right? This article peppers us, the reader, with fifty ideas (not steps, really) that combine to make one long grocery list.
Here are some of the finer ones.
- Drizzle honey on fresh fruit
- Eat Shrimp
- Carry a notebook for a week and write everything down
- Walk for 45 minutes a day
Pay attention: If you were to delve deeper into the site and followed the rules, you might find yourself eating a honey-shrimps more while walking around the office. However, if you are into long lists and persnickety advice, there it is.
Wait! Do not fall for the first fierce fighter flirting with fifty. If you like smaller numbers on or off the scale, try a sixteen on for size.
The folks over at Health magazine are attempting to lowball the 50+ girls. Do they pack a punch?
Here are some tips that are unique:
- Swap out items in your biggie meal – Yep, swap fries with apples.
- Watch the salt intake – Maybe, just maybe, some of the extra weight is water? We hope so.
- This one is my favorite – Have a 300-calorie breakfast.
Pay attention: Well, if we could do that with no problem, why are we reading this?
If you are into a pseudo paleo, these fifteen tips are exactly for you. This is literally a list from soup to nuts. Paleo diets encapsulate (so they say) the food stuff of ancient man.
One who forages from the brush, eats twigs and berries and hunts down small game most of the time with an occasional wooly mammoth snuck in to fatten up for winter. If you like that, this is your starter kit.
Here are some of my favorites that I actually eat myself:
– Walnuts, oatmeal, avocado (watch the amount), water, grapefruit, honey (there it is again – when you see the same thing in multiple places, it is generally the right idea).
Pay attention: The only real carb source (other than the sugar in the honey) is oatmeal. That means if you don’t get the proper carbs from the rest of the paleo diet, such as beans, and peas you will most certainly down your own fist after about three days.
Now we are on to something. Healthy Weight Forum has done the hard work for us and listed, directly, the foods to eat.
- Tea – Okay, not really food. Nevertheless, it is number one over at HWF.
- Fish – Makes sense. No warning about mercury, though, for any of you that watches that kind of thing.
- Garlic & onions – There is a hidden benefit here. Sure, they help metabolize fat.
Keep in mind: The better news is that vampire from the club Saturday won’t stalk you anymore.
Slicing sixteen steps to just eight like a hot knife through margarine, the Cosmo girls bring it in with tiny changes.
- Don’t drink your calories – Meaning, don’t replace your lunch with a meal shake.
- Eat veggies first – You know, they are on to something there.
- Swap pasta for squash – oh well, my hopes are dashed (not with salt).
Pay attention: The girls went right off the deep end on that one. I do not do hoards of gourds.
Phase #2 – Exercises for Leaner Body
Now that we have blistered through the diet advice and have gotten our notebook, garlic, office walking pumps, and green tea, it is time to look at the other alternative – burn it, churn it, earn it.
If your idea of dropping the weight means picking some up, this is your section. However, if you did not read part one, go back and do so as it is part of the puzzle.
Zenhabits has laid out a nifty plan to get our engines revving, and I love it. Their first tip is to limit your workout to 30-40 minutes.
Did she really write limit? I have to try to get my work out up to 30 minutes. I can’t imagine cutting my exercise from…from… what, like an hour. Please.
Pay attention: Here is what I do like from the Zen tips. Mix up the workouts. It is proven that halving your walk from 20 minutes to ten and then doing some other workout is better than the walk alone.
Small numbers are what I like. I can count to five on one hand, one foot or the first five of a six-pack of skinny cows.
These are easy, and I want you to look for a “repeater” from section one:
- Resistance – Muscles that struggle to move are muscles that metabolize. Get in there and pick up something heavy.
- Muscle confusion (hint)
- Four-limb exercises – If you get your whole body in the groove you will burn weight faster, and your cardiovascular health will be better for it.
- Light resistance – Now I know they used the word resistance already, but in this case, you take a couple of dumbbells (not people, weights) and hold them while slowing down your regular cardio routine.
Did you see muscle confusion? We have seen that before. Tricking up the muscles is effective. You will burn more calories, even when resting.
Pay attention: The five-tip plan is a good one, a foundation for what is to come, and what the secret of the losing weight game is.
Abs of flab are a sure way to get injured when working out too hard and can put a strain on your back, which has to do all the heavy lifting. Moreover, the midsection is a favorite hangout (no pun intended) spot for adipose tissue.
Natural News has nailed the steps to crunching the abs. If you are like me, it is hard on your back to get down on the ground and make your chin kiss your belly button. A better and more efficient way is to get an exercise ball and lay back, balancing on your hips and crunching away.
Pay attention: My tip on this one is to deflate the ball a bit. If there is too much air, you are going to go careening into the TV stand and just make a mess of the place.
Who doesn’t like quick tricks? If they work, they can be done anywhere anytime and with little effort. Also, if your name is Fitness Magazine, you probably know what you’re writing.
- Pound the treadmill – No, not with your feet. Do what you always do. Fitness Magazine says just adding some dumbbells powers up the effort.
- Chart your progress – Remember a while ago when the advice was to carry a book? It is indeed a very good idea to document your progress.
Keep in mind: First, you can see the times, the foods and the stressors that trip you up. Oh, and when you see the density digits dropping, you will certainly feel motivated.
We have already highlighted the idea of paleo diets. Now we can finish our list with paleo workouts. The paleolithic era human, if you remember, forages for food and chases rabbits.
Well, that, says paleononpaleo.com is a workout. This last article is an article of motivation, as a woman who lost 115 pounds tells her inspiring story of life change.
Yes, we are at the end of the road. However, we are at the beginning of what could be a beautiful relationship. Diet, meet exercise. Exercise, meet diet. These are the parts of the puzzle that will help you succeed.