Friday, August 22, 2008

lose weight without you noticing it

Lose Weight without You Knowing It

Losing Weight is a problem because the weight loss programs offered are not only impossible but also boring. So, you have enough of them telling you to stop eating this and that and to lift those dumbbells. All these rules make you frown before you even get started on your regimen.
To do all these things are just impossible. You have kids to take care of, you go to work early and go home late, and it’s just so much pain to stop eating those home-baked muffins.

Should losing weight always be that difficult? As I rack my brains out to coming up with better ways to help people who struggle with keeping their scales on the norm, I figure that I should be sharing with them effortless ways to stay healthy.

The keyword here is “effort” with the LESS. Working out becomes a problem when it becomes a task. It should be fun, easy and treated like taking warm showers in the morning. When you are dragging yourself to the treadmill or turning down party invitations because you’re afraid to over indulge yourself with food again, you’re in danger of quitting your program anytime soon.
So, what are the things then that you can do that will help you lose weight and still enjoy it? Let me share to you a few things I also do on my own to keep watch on my weight. The good news is, it’s not hard work but natural, great ways that you and I could do to get rid of those extra flab without knowing it.

Say, you have a dog, walk the dog instead of letting your housekeeper do it. You not only get fresh air and socialise with other dog owners but you can actually spend quality family time with your doggie. This is also a great way to relieve stress.

Eat what you like but always in moderation and at the right time. Yes, get those ice cream out and you can still eat pasta but make sure you get the right measurements and watch the clock. Dieting is not about starving but eating right.

Move. Groove or whatever you want to call it. Just do something. It doesn’t have to be those boring crunches although you may still opt for it if you want to. If you hear music, you can shake your booty. You can walk, jog or run to the grocery store if you aim to burn more fat. As for me, I get on the skipping rope. Then, there’s Saturday dance night when I just put on music in my room and groove.

Get a physical hobby. On a sophisticated sense, try swimming, tennis, cycling, dancing cha-cha or tango. Turn that chitchat hours to more fun, physical movements. For home bodies, try wrestling with kids before bedtime, house cleaning, gardening every weekend, or if you have a partner, sex is a great exercise!

Drink a glass or two of water before every meal. This helps your stomach feel full and therefore, you wouldn’t want to eat more than you should. I also have a helpful habit of drinking a gulp of water every time I swallow food which by the way works for me because I tend to eat lesser.

A word of caution though – whatever you do, do it gradually. My suggestions do not guarantee you to shed off those extra pounds in a few days but they are doable habits that you can develop for your weight watch program. If you don’t have enough time to go to the gym, or if you are too nauseous to continue a hunger strike, these are good alternatives for you. Don’t go depriving yourself of food too much. While that may be a fast and effective way to keep your mark on the scale lower, it is unhealthy and dangerous.