Everyone’s body is different, which of course makes every weight loss journey very different. Despite all of the diet claims, and routines that people swear by, there is no one-size-fits-all routine for weight loss. However, there are some general guidelines that everyone should follow for weight loss and weight management. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite DO’s and DON’Ts to get you started on your journey.
DO: Keep It Simple
Although no diet is perfect for everyone, and no diet is proven to cure inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and chronic pain, on can choose foods that will help make these conditions more manageable. Importantly, choose foods that are as close to their natural state as possible (e.g. organic) and have not been highly processed.
DO: Drink Water
On the most basic level, filling yourself with water before a meal decreases the amount of food that you will consume. Research has demonstrated that drinking water also increases the level of calorie burn in the body. By increasing your water intake and drinking a minimum of 64 oz daily, you’ll jump-start your metabolism while decreasing your appetite.
DON’T: Overlook Sugar
When most people think of sugar, they think of ice cream, cookies, cakes, and other standard dessert food. However, do you know how much sugar is in your cereal, salad dressings, yogurt, and sauces? My guess is you’ll be surprised. Keep in mind that the American Heart Association recommends that your daily sugar intake be limited to 6 teaspoons of added sugars for women and 9 teaspoons of added sugars for men.
DON’T: Deprive Yourself of Indulgences
While we’re on the topic of sugar and desserts, do not completely deprive yourself of indulgences. Deprivation can eventually lead to cravings which will harm your weight loss goals more than indulging once in awhile. Practicing moderation will allow you to enjoy some of the foods you would otherwise miss.
DO: Have Willpower
When you finally allow yourself to have that one cookie or one glass of wine after a stressful day of work, remember to try and stop at one so you can enjoy another tomorrow. Sometimes your brain can fool you into thinking that since you had one, two is okay, or three is okay, and so on and so forth. If your brain starts to peer pressure you, walk away and flex your willpower muscle. With willpower, you will be able to achieve your goals of weight loss and improved overall health.