So, as I mentioned a few days back, I was going to try MyFitnessPal again to lose a few kilograms. I have only completed my 5-day streak and I admit I’m kind of getting bored doing this, but one thing that’s keeping me motivated is the fact that I have a goal to achieve. Plus, it’s not like I’m depriving myself of things that I like to eat. In fact, I’m still having a balanced meal. Today, I treated myself with a rich Turkish (or Lebanese, I’m not sure which one) meal called “Kibda-something wa kubz”. The liver was floating and sizzling in a hot clay pot, and the bread was hot and crispy in some areas. Yummy. But of course, eating such a rich meal meant that I had to cut down on the quantity that I ate at other times of the day. I don’t overdo it. I just make sure I make the right food choice: I select a meal that is low in carbs (especially this one) and fat. Sometimes it works. Sometimes I miss the mark and consume more calories than required. Did I also mention that I had a 16 oz cup of Mirinda to celebrate my yummy meal?
For most of us trying to lose weight, it is never easy to stick with a plan. Surely, one of the first things after failing to do it on your own is for you to search online for tips that will help you do that in a healthy way. The good thing in this internet era is that there is a huge amount of information on the internet about healthy weight loss. One downside is that some sites contain bogus information and are only about promoting products that would get you nowhere closer to your goals.
Whatever tips you decide to follow, it would help if you consult a doctor or dietitian before you start on anything. It is always a good idea to talk to a professional first so they can help you out with any misconceptions you might have about how to lose weight in a healthy way.
There are a ton of different strategies, but you want to make sure that you chose one that’s going to be beneficial health wise. It is pointless trying to lose a few pounds by applying strategies that may be detrimental to your health.
The tips below might help you to get started in the right direction to lose weight and learn to keep it off.
Eat More Protein
In this modern era, many people do not get the right amount of protein in their diet. This does not mean that you need to go all the way over to the dark side and start hunting for meat on the hoof in your local park. But it does mean that your health and weight could improve if you simply added some healthy protein into your diet. By including the right amount of protein in your diet, you could start shedding off all the extra weight you’ve been dragging around.
Lift More Weight
I’m not a fan of exercise myself, but sooner or later I would get there, especially as I’m getting older and my basal metabolic rate is slowing down. Plus, I need to burn off fat and tone my body.
Lifting weights happen to be one of those exercises that are often misconstrued. For some reason, the thought of lifting weights brings to mind pictures of enormous biceps, popping out with veins all over. Truth is, lifting weights (even light weights) can help you burn fat weight besides improving your strength and balance.
To start with, you really only need a couple of very light weights. Something in the 1.5 to 2 Kg (approximately 3 to 5 pound) range. We’ve got a dumbbell that weighs 4.5 Kg (10 pounds), but I hardly ever use it because I find it too heavy to lift. Finally, my hubby and I use it to crack open coconuts—at least that’s its only use for now until when I start training with a lighter dumbbell before taking up something heavier.
These are great starting tips on your weight loss journey. I hope you enjoy every bit as you slowly shed those extras around your belly.