HEALTH: 5 steps to weight loss success

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By Monique Bartlett
October 23rd, 2013 Edition

You desperately want to lose weight. You’ve tried so many different diets and failed over the years and now you’re discouraged. Let’s face it, most diets aren’t easy to maintain. They’re designed to take weight off but once you go off the diet, the weight comes right back, along with a bit more. So what happens? You end up worse off than before.

No matter what diet you try, one of two things usually happens. You lose some weight but you’re tired of eating boring food and not enough of it or you don’t lose weight because you just can’t stick to that diet.
In either case, you feel bad, discouraged and maybe even like a failure. The truth is, losing weight is possible. Follow these 5 easy steps to success:

#1 – Reduce your carbs! Cutting down on your carbs from white bread, white potatoes, etc. and instead eating more high quality lean proteins such as chicken and fish is a great way to drop a few pounds quickly. Just don’t cut carbs completely. You should still eat fibrous carbs, such as berries, spinach and apples.

#2 – Stop Eating Processed Foods! Instead eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Eating less junk food and eating a higher quantity of fruits, vegetables and whole grains will lessen your chances of gaining any weight.

#3 – Reduce Your Sugar Intake! Reduce how much pop or juice you consume. The sugar in these beverages can add up quickly and these drinks aren’t filling. You should also watch out for “fat-free” products. Sugar is often used to replace the flavour that is lost when the fat is removed. Also watch how much sugar you add to coffee and tea.

#4 – Drink More Water! Water naturally helps to suppress your appetite and will help you lose weight and burn fat.

#5 – Exercise More Often! A mixture of cardio and weight training will help you de-bloat and lose inches and pounds quickly. Do remember that if you haven’t exercised in a while be sure to check with your doctor first and be sure to start any exercise program slowly.

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