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How to Lose Weight the Right Way

Written by Erica Paredes

The weight loss industry is probably one of the biggest moneymakers in the world. There are millions of people trying to lose weight and will go through extremes to do so. With the hundreds of different programs in the market, how do you know which one to do? There are diets where you only drink shakes, some where you eliminate all carbs and even one where all your food is replaced by cookies!

There are millions of people trying to lose weight and will go through extremes to do so. With the hundreds of different programs in the market, how do you know which one to do? There are diets where you only drink shakes, some where you eliminate all carbs and even one where all your food is replaced by cookies!

Some of them seem quite bogus, but people buy into them because they want a quick fix. The problem with quick fixes is that they are not sustainable and you will quickly gain the weight back. Also, some of them are not very healthy and require extended amounts of fasting or removing certain food groups. Here are some tips on being healthy, and you can choose your diet accordingly:

Never starve yourself - Starving yourself causes your metabolism to slow down because your body is trying to reserve the energy it needs. Apart from that, you may develop ulcers and an acidic stomach because it has nothing to digest. It's better to eat small meals every few hours if you don't want to feel too full, or 3 square meals and 1-2 smaller snacks if you wish. Just remember to choose your calories well!

Eat a balanced diet - Some will swear that a low or no carb diet is the way to go but if you want to look and feel healthy in a way that is sustainable for life, then a balanced diet is what you should commit to. Carbohydrates are not the enemy. And even some forms of fat are not only good, but necessary in aiding weight loss, such as omega-3 fatty acids found in certain fish like salmon. Carbohydrates such as whole-grain cereal and oatmeal are great for much needed energy, especially those who are highly active during the day.

Exercise - Remember when trying to lose weight, you need to burn more than you consume until you reach your goal weight, after which you can slow down and just do enough to maintain the weight you are happy with. Although weight loss is 85% about the food you eat, burning excess calories, especially when you still have a long way to go, is key. If you hate the treadmill, find another form of cardio that will help bring your heart rate up and burn!

Treat yourself - Once in a while, allow yourself your favorite food. If your weakness is a fast food burger, a particular chocolate bar, or ice cream, remember that one little cheat every so often does not mean you have fallen off the wagon. In fact, it's looking forward to these indulgences that will keep you going as you adapt a healthier lifestyle.

Clear your mind - Weight loss is harder when you are stressed or have personal issues clouding your thoughts. Apart from beasting it at the gym, consider a less intense, but mind clearing work out such as yoga or pilates to keep both mind and body healthy.

Take it slow - The healthy rate for weight loss is 1-2 pounds a week. It takes 3,500 calories burnt to get rid of one pound of fat If you do cardio and burn 500 calories per day everyday for a week, that's about 1 lb. Slowly but surely wins the race! Don't worry about not having an overnight success story, what's important is that it stays off for life.

Have a buddy - Success rates go sky high if you lose weight or work out with a buddy. This way, you will have someone to motivate you and go on after dinner runs with you or make sure you make it to the gym regularly. A workout buddy allows you someone to lean on and vent to in case you feel like giving up, and you of course will be the same for them.

Start a food diary - No, it is not obsessive to write down everything you eat. In fact, it's advisable. Once you start noting down everything in black and white, you start seeing what your food intake is like. Don't know why you feel bloated? Perhaps it's the two donuts and fried chicken you ate earlier in the day. Seeing what you put in your body will help you become more conscious and choose healthier options.



GET TO KNOW THE FRENCH DOCTORS

Dr. Jean-Michel Cohen
is the founder of The Parisian Diet, which is about the pleasure of eating and being able to eat all types of food.



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