The â€œbattle of the bulgeâ€ can be one of the most vexing struggles of a personâ€™s lifetime.Â With sugar and high fructose corn syrup in virtually every processed food, itâ€™s a wonder weâ€™re not all grossly overweight. And, in fact, many of us are. Nearly 60 percent of our population can afford to lose a few (or a great many!) pounds, and an astonishing one-third of us is classified as â€œobeseâ€.
What to do?
The most popular path towards weight loss is, of course, to attack the problem from a dietary angle. While high-profile diets shuffle in and out of vogue, their primary objective remains the same: get you to shed the pounds.
The way they propose to do this varies, but calorie intake is the single most important factor in the regulation of a personâ€™s weight. Period. So, for those of you already on a diet or considering going on one, here are 5 tips that will have you headed away from the indulging… and the bulging.
1.Â Do it Gradually
According to health experts, the human psyche does not respond well to turning on a dime, so itâ€™s best not to go â€œcold turkeyâ€ when starting a new diet. Instead, phase out the old ways gradually. Taking things slowly will help cut down on hardcore cravings.
Do you drink a lot of sodas like Coke or 7UP? How about reaching for a healthier choice such as fruit juice? Yes, juice can be high in sugar, but cut it with 50 percent water and youâ€™re immediately doing a lot better for yourself. Soon enough, your cravings will diminish and you can cut the juice out altogether, drinking only water.
2.Â Avoid Severe Diets
Serious diets such as Atkins or the 1000 Calorie Diet may have you shedding pounds like crazy at first, but youâ€™re in this for the long haul. Diets such as these that cut out entire food groups or the equivalent of a meal or more a day are hard to maintain because they donâ€™t follow our natural eating patterns. Want to have better and more longer-lasting results? Eat healthier. Or if you canâ€™t do it on your own, try a healthy meal delivery service.
3.Â What Motivates You?
Whatâ€™s your long-term reason for losing weight? Do you want to see your daughter graduate from college? Are you struggling in the dating scene? Remind yourself every day why it is that youâ€™re shedding those pounds. This will serve as a powerful incentive and will keep you (and your physique!) on the straight and narrow.
4.Â Remove All Offending Substances
Begone, evil chips! Get thee hence, cookies of shame! Letâ€™s face it: If good-tasting, high-calorie foods are around, youâ€™re going to eat them, so go through your fridge and pantry, bag up the culinary culprits and throw them in the trash. Or, better yet, bring them to a homeless shelter where hungry people might enjoy a rare treat.
5.Â Get Moving!
Finally, if youâ€™ve fallen off the wagon and splurged at the local ice cream shop, donâ€™t be too hard on yourself. Just get out there and exercise a little.Â Jogging a mile or swimming a few laps can burn off lots of calories in no time.