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How to lose weight fast

Cut all saturated fat from your diet. These fats derived from animal products, clogs arteries over time and raise LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Your body stores the fats it does not use up, and you do not need your body storing these unnecessary, harmful fats.

Avoid trans or hydrogenated fats. These types of unsaturated fats, used to extend the shelf life of processed foods, raises LDL (bad) cholesterol levels while lowering HDL (good) cholesterol levels.

Moderate mono-unsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats. These types of unsaturated fats, found in olives, olive oil, nuts, peanut oil, avocados, sesame, soybean, and canola oil lower bad cholesterol and maintain good cholesterol levels. However, they need to be used sparingly as they are fats, and excess will be stored by your body and impede your weight loss goal.

Limit your sugar and sodium intake. Check the labels of every product you are about to purchase, and select the ones lowest in sodium and sugar. If you do not have them home, you will not use them. You get enough sugar from the fruits you eat, and enough sodium from other sources such as seasonings, packaged products, and salad dressings you use in your meals.

Have a medium breakfast every morning; do not skip breakfast. Breakfast because your body needs a lot of nutrients to sustain your cells and organs, and also to provide you with the energy needed to get you through each day.

Have a small lunch such as, a grilled chicken caesar salad (without the dressing). At lunch time your body should be winding down slowly to accommodate resting.

Have a very light dinner – everyday. At this time (for most people) when you have completed most tasks you should be getting your body in a somber mode; and that means, not filling your body with unnecessary foods it will not use up for the day.

Snack on raw carrots, natural sunflower seeds, unsalted cashew, and grapefruits.

Drink at least eight glasses of water throughout each day; and add one half of a large lemon squeeze to each glass of water.

Choose a routine of exercises, including some aerobics, and execute them at the same time – everyday.

Know your “enough” sleep number and be sure to get that amount of sleep each day. Getting enough sleep plays a huge role in maintaining a healthy weight.

The best way to lose weight is gradually – not drastically. However, if you are well overweight and need to shed the pounds rapidly, there is one diet plan that works. That plan is the HCG Diet Plan. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) is a glycol protein hormone produced in pregnancy that is made by the developing embryo after conception and later by the syncytiotrophoblast - part of the placenta. It has many functions and one of them is the ability to cut and redistribute fat which leads to weight loss. HCG’s fat cutting property, topped with the 500 calories a day that this diet entails, will allow anyone taking it to lose at least one pound per day. I have seen it work firsthand, but you must follow the HCG crew directives to the tee. You will have cravings for the many delicious foods you are use to eating, but if losing weight is important to you, you will have to put the cravings in their proper perspective and follow through with the HCG plan to your weight loss goal. You can read my article how to lose weight fast for more information about HCG and how it works.

Making changes to the foods you eat, taking time out to exercise regularly, and getting enough sleep will help you to achieve your desired weight and maintain it too. Including lots of vegetables in my diet has helped me to achieve and maintain a steady weight. If you are not a vegetable lover, and would like to give your body the nutrients from them, you may opt for combining them with fruits in juice form. You may even turn your less favorite vegetables into a delicious fruits and vegetables smoothie.

Food Tips to Help Maintain a Healthy Weight

Substitute vegetables, fruits and other lower-calorie foods - low fat dairy products, lean meats and cheeses, whole grains, and reduced sugar foods - for calorie-dense foods such as french fries, cheeseburgers, pizza, ice cream, doughnuts and other sweets.

Use evaporated (skim or whole) milk instead of higher-fat cream in baked goods, sauces and soups.

Use reduced-fat or fat-free yogurt to replace all or part of the sour cream - or mayonnaise in a recipe. Replace part of ricotta cheese with reduced-fat cottage cheese. Use a puree of cooked potatoes, onion, and celery as a creamy base for soups instead of cream or half-and-half.

Use low-fat cooking methods like roasting, baking, broiling, steaming or poaching. Limit deep-fat frying and sautéing in a lot of oil, butter or margarine. Use a cooking spray, broth or water to sauté meats.

Water plays a major role in our diet, and while it does not have any food value, it is essential to our survival. It keeps our bodies adequately hydrated, and is the most plentiful substance in our bodies. Water allows the foods that we eat to be distributed throughout our bodies. It flushes out toxins and waste from our systems. Because the body cannot store water, we must constantly replenish it. For more on the benefits of drinking water, see why drink lots of water.

Tips for Your Weight Loss Success

In following a weight loss program it is you who must determine whether you will succeed or not. Even if your doctor or trainer places you on a rigid program, your degree of cooperation will determine whether you lose the amount of weight you are aiming for, maintain the weight you have, or gain more weight. Here are a few suggestions to help you maintain your enthusiasm and thus ensure satisfactory results:

Keep a diary with information relating to your weight loss. Make a brief notation each day regarding your diet program. If you go beyond your daily calories limit by eating unhealthy snacks or rich desserts, admit this in your diary. Also for each day, make a note on the exercises you have taken. At least once per week, make an entry indicating how much you weigh.

Discipline yourself to forget foods you should not have. Learn to enjoy the taste of simple foods. Eat slowly so that the taste of food lingers longer in your mouth and in your memory.

Do not expect results too soon. If your weight remains constant for a week or two, or if you gained a pound as measured by the scales, recognize that these variations may be caused by temporary changes in the water balance within your body. It is the long-range results that count.

Tell your friends about how much better you feel as you begin to lose a few pounds of weight. This not only helps to focus your attention on the benefits of your weight loss but pledges you, in the eyes of your friends, to continue your weight loss program until you have reached your goal.

Your success is in your hands; be honest with yourself and your expectations. Speak it, act it, and be it!

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