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Why is it so difficult to go on a diet? Why is it so hard to lose weight? Why does food look so tempting suddenly? Tempted by a feast of carbohydrates, calories and a circle of goodies? To eat or not to eat? Is that the question? Besieged by a barrage of doubts? Go ahead and eat... but shoot for a healthy diet and get on the right track to weight loss. Think smart, eat smart and live smart. Give your lifestyle a complete makeover with healthy eating habits as you go on your weight loss program. When you include healthy food as part of your everyday diet, you include the facets of weight loss, positive thinking and major changes that will benefit you for as long as you want.

Experience the profound changes of the weight loss program as you channel organized eating habits into a way of life. With stress and the modern day pace of life, skipping meals often happens. This leads to hunger at odd times and an unbalanced diet. Make sure you have regular meals throughout the day consisting of 1200 to 1300 (for women alone) calories and more, if you work out for 45-90 minutes (5-6 days/week) every day. Efficient burning of calories occurs with regular eating as blood sugar levels get steady and prevent you from bingeing. Don't forget to include a variety of foods in your daily meals. The Do's of healthy eating and regular weight loss consist of choosing your favorites from plant sources. Indulge yourself in a minimum of 5 servings of vegetables and fruits every day. Include a regime of 6 servings of whole-grain foods into your daily diet. Cut out the
high-fat foods from animal sources and choose low-fat, low cholesterol foods instead, while minimizing simple sugars in your everyday meal.

Win the battle of the bulge

Add the dimensions of safe eating habits to your weight loss program and cut down on high-fat foods. Add on more whole grains, vegetables and fruits. When it comes to proteins in your diet, make sure that you use leaner cuts of meats (white meat of poultry without skin, fish, round or loin cuts of beef and loin cut of pork). Let the magic of beans, peas and lentils transform into the non-meat sources of protein. Infuse your weight loss program with low-fat alternatives instead of added fats such as butter, margarine and mayonnaise.

Revealing hidden secrets of weight loss

While you are well into your weight loss program, add on positive and motivated facets that will lead you to success. Form an encouraging support group that includes your friends, family, coworkers and even your doctor and fitness trainer. Slowly get the help and encouragement you need instead of just sympathy. Keep a detailed log of your weight, what you eat and any physical activity. This helps to easily visualize progress and trouble shoot problems. When you go on your weight loss program, it is necessary to reward yourself so that you are motivated. Stick to your weight loss pattern and get the satisfaction of a good job well done. If necessary, pamper yourself with new clothes to show off the new you!

Do not be disappointed if you slip up on exercise but concentrate on how far you have come towards your weight loss goals. Look at mistakes as stepping-stones where you can easily detect the root cause and recover quickly. Be optimistic with positive thinking and you can easily reach the top rung of the weight loss ladder with success and the delight of conquering the flab war.

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Balance the equilibrium of the weight loss plateau

Stranded on the weight loss plateau? Given up on trying to hitch a ride back to normality? Confused between the direction of motivation and goals? Don't worry even though you think you cannot lose any more weight. Take it a step at a time to achieve your weight loss plan. Look at the bright side of things and realize that the weight loss plateau may have occurred because you are getting close to the ideal weight of the body. Since you have infused a new way of life with healthy eating habits, the body cannot acquire any more weight and this allows you to eat more and still remain at a healthy weight!

This is your chance to try out new ideas that will work towards a long-term plan that harmonizes with your weight loss program. Instead of your usual walks, try bike rides or swimming. As far as foods are concerned, add low fat foods to supplement your daily diet. Try out new mix 'n' match ideas. Energize your weight loss program with rejuvenating and interesting activities. While your mind explores new avenues to enhance your weight loss program, you will discover the joy of exploring new things to do or eat.

As you add on things that the body has been missing, your weight loss plateau levels automatically come down and you will enjoy a healthy and peaceful lifestyle. Give your weight loss program a boost with exercise done slowly and carefully as this will increase your metabolic rate and help you burn more calories. Besides, when you encounter a weight loss plateau, you can indulge in a great carefree time of eating whatever you want for a day and give your body time to get over the weight loss plateau.

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Close encounters with calories

Juggling your life with calories? Using the abacus method to count your calories? How do you decide on how many calories your body needs to maintain your current weight to balance basic functions? In order to find out the body's caloric needs, you can calculate your basal metabolic rate. Your BMR or basal metabolic rate can be determined by multiplying your current weight by 10. To figure out, as an example, if you weigh 150 pounds then 1,500 calories a day would be your BMR. But this does not include your activity level or exercise. If you exercise regularly then one can add on more calories and maintain their present weight with the BMR being higher. Then again, age, the amount of body muscle and fat, and genetics all play a major role in determining caloric needs.

It is important to know what a calorie is and how it applies to your weight. A calorie is a unit of measurement that measures the amount of energy contained in a food or beverage. We all need caloric energy to perform even basic tasks, from doing a job/chore to exercising. Our current weight also needs certain caloric requirement. When you eat less or burn more, then you lose weight, which leads to a caloric deficit. Another thumb rule to follow is that if a body has a caloric deficit of 3,500 calories, it leads to a weight loss of one pound. A calorie does not measure weight or height but energy that your body can get from drinking or eating it. Most often people look with fear at particular foods that they know have extra calories. But the body does need calories and eating too many calories and not being able to burn it up will lead to weight gain. Almost all foods contain calories. Some have low calorie content and some have high calorie content. Most foods have a nutrition facts label that displays the various components of the food like the amount of carbohydrates, proteins and fats that it contains. Carbohydrates have 4 calories in 1 gram, Proteins have 4 calories in 1 gram and Fats have 9 calories in 1 gram. If you know how many grams each of these are in a food, then one can calculate the total number of calories.

While most people try to cut calories to lose weight, children do not have to do this. But it does help to inculcate a basic healthy balanced diet into lifestyles, at an early age. The recommended range for school children is 1,600 to 2,500 calories per day. In today's modern world, there is much stress on children and adults being overweight and they are advised to exercise besides cutting down on calories. While calories are a must for the human body, it is wise to be active in order to maintain the correct calorie balance.

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