One of the hardest parts of losing weight is staying motivated. Combat this problem by setting a goal and making a prize that you 'win' when you meet that goal. For example, go shopping for a new pair of shoes after you lose that first ten pounds, or treat yourself to a manicure when you reach the twenty-pound mark.
Feeling hungry causes us to eat. Eating causes us to gain weight. Feeling full reduces our feeling of hunger. So a way to lose weight is to full more often. One way you can 'trick' your body into feeling full more often is by eating spicy foods that have more capsaicin in them, such as foods lightly spiced with cayenne or jalapeno pepper. No need to overdo it, just enough to burn a little will do fine.
A great way that may help you lose weight is to reduce the amount of alcohol you drink. Alcohol contains more calories than protein or carbohydrates and it's very easy to drink too much. By limiting the amount of alcohol you drink, you'll be more able to achieve your goals.
Substituting low fat processed foods for high fat ones when trying to lose weight is a very popular idea; however, it does not always work. For example, replacing regular store bought muffins with low fat store bought muffins may make you want to eat two of the low fat muffins instead of one! The low fat ones are usually missing some of the taste of the regular muffins. Instead, try making your own muffins and other food! You will know what is going into what you are mkaing and can cut back on certain things without sacrificing taste.
A great tip to help you lose weight, is to drink a small protein shake whenever you feel a hunger pang coming on. By just mixing a small scoop of protein powder with ice and drinking it when you're hungry, you're doing minimal damage to your diet and you'll keep your self-confidence.
Make sure to give yourself a variety of different foods to eat. If you eat the same foods over and over again, you will soon get bored and will eventually, crave the old foods that you used to eat that were unhealthy. Remember to eat a variety of food to keep yourself balanced.
For some people, focusing on the weight part of weight loss is discouraging. But you don't have to go about it that way. If you want to lose weight without looking at a scale, select a particular size of clothing to measure your progress. Saying that you 'want to be a size x or xx again' will give you motivation. Also, looking at clothes in those sizes and visualizing yourself wearing them - will help you toward your goal.
To get a more realistic picture of the progress you've made with your weight loss, measure yourself every few days. Because exercise builds muscle, and muscle weighs more than fat, the scale isn't a good indicator of how well you're doing. Taking measurements of your arms, thighs, waist, and hips will let you see what you've lost in inches and leave you feeling encouraged.
As mentioned above, losing that excess weight can benefit you, both in terms of your health and your appearance, but it won't be easy. There are things you can do to make it less difficult and to protect yourself as you try, however. With the advice from this article, you should know enough to get started on this life-changing weight loss plan.