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Feb 28, 2013

Healthy Weight Loss Tid-Bits

Losing weight is a difficult goal that may demand significant changes in your daily life. Adopting a diet that you abandon once you hit your goal weight is not a permanent solution. Instead, make smaller changes to your diet that you can continue to follow for the rest of your life.

1. Eat Breakfast Each Day

Skipping breakfast may seem like an easy way to cut some calories from your regular diet. However, if you skip breakfast, you'll likely feel tired and hungry all morning. By the time lunch arrives, you may even overindulge and eat too much due to your hunger. Instead, eat a powerful breakfast that will give you energy until lunch. A bowl of oatmeal with some fruit is a good way to start.

2. Choose Small Meals

If you only eat three large meals a day, you may find yourself struggling between meals. In addition, you may end up eating more than you had planned to eat at each meal. By eating smaller meals throughout the day, you'll have more energy and feel less hungry. You can also choose to supplement your meals with snacks. Nuts, granola bars and sliced vegetables make excellent snacks that you can take anywhere.

3. Don't Deprive Yourself

If you're anxious to lose weight, you may feel tempted to skip your favorite sweets. Although reducing your intake of cookies and cake can help you lose weight, an outright ban may leave you feeling deprived. Make an effort to cut back on daily desserts, but enjoy your favorite treats once or twice a week. Occasional treats won't sabotage your efforts to lose weight.

4. Learn to Read the Numbers

Even if you don't plan to keep a log of the calories you consume, you can learn from the nutritional labels on packaged food. Pay attention to the serving size when you're trying to decide how much to eat. You can always supplement a small serving of a high-calorie food with a salad to fill your stomach and reduce your caloric intake.

5. Avoid Drinking Your Calories

Today's restaurants and coffee shops are full of delicious drinks that include plenty of calories. Consuming these drinks regularly can add heaps of empty calories. Try to make your specialty drink at the coffee shop a treat instead of a regular occasion. Water and tea make excellent calorie-free drinks.