When it comes to losing weight, the first thing that comes to the minds of many people is perhaps going on a diet. Then the next thing that hit their minds would likely be controlling or restricting the intake of food and drink. While restricting the amount of food intake is not a bad idea when it comes to weight loss, many people take the approach wrongly. Instead of controlling their appetite, they are starving themselves.
The diet approach becomes unhealthy or unnatural. This is because our body is like a car, it needs fuel (food) to run. If you starve yourself too often, your body could break down and stop running one day. You will have no energy and feel very weak; you will feel miserable every day.
Another harmful effect is that the body is designed to feed off itself when it is starved. Imagine your body is eating its own muscles in order to keep you alive. After a while, you will feel very depressed and feel like life is not worth living anymore. Is this what you want?
Here are some sensible tips that can help you design a diet that allows you to lose weight safely and healthily.
Once you have decided that you want to shed off those excess body fat surrounding your body, the first thing you should do is to pay a visit to your doctor's office. Talking and seeking advice from a professional will give you a good jump start. A doctor or nutritionist will be able to show or advise you on how to calculate your body mass index (BMI), how much weight to lose, how to lose weight safely, what types of food you should avoid, what physical activity that suits you best, etc.
The important message to take home here is to 'lose weight safely and healthily'. Your doctor will be able to help you design an effective weight loss program without causing further stress on any medical conditions that you might have. He or she could also lead you to some useful resources such as where to find the weight loss support groups in your neighborhood.
Many weight loss advice and tips can also be obtained online, from books or magazines. You can easily make a list of all the resources you get from your doctor and other sources. Make sure that you keep a food diary for at least 3 months. The food diary will record your eating pattern; it will include what types of food you eat, when you eat them, and how you feel before and after you eat.
Your food diary will serve as a roadmap, it will be used to steer you in the right direction. By looking at your food diary, a weight loss professional will be able to tell what actually makes you gain the excess weight. There are some medical reasons for gaining weight, as well as lifestyle reasons such as social eating, or emotional eating.
Last but not least, when designing your healthy weight loss diet, do keep in mind that diet alone is not enough. If you want to be successful at losing weight, you also need to drink adequate amount of water daily (at least 8-10 glasses each day). Avoid drinking beer or other beverages that contain sugar. It is also important that you include a physical activity or exercise for at least 30 minutes a day in your weight loss plan. Also make sure that you have adequate amount of sleep each night.
That's the formula for a healthy weight loss diet. Hope it is useful for you.