Get ready to lose 10 pounds! By paying attention to the amount of food you eat, eliminating unnecessary sugar and fat from your foods and making sure you include absolutely delicious meals and snacks to keep your taste buds happy.
Use this easy-to-follow and super healthy diet plan to lose the first 10, the last 10, or any 10 in between! Because it’s a balanced and flexible program, you can stay on this diet as long as it takes.
Top Fast Secrets.
1. Keep track of everything you eat and drink. No need to estimate calories – just write down the type of food or beverage and the amount.
2. Cut your fat intake in half, that means half as much margarine or butter on toast, vegetables and your muffin, half the mayonnaise on your sandwich, and half the oil in the pan when you saute foods. You get the idea!
3. Limit the sugar treats to three times per week maximum.
4. Include good sources of protein at mealtimes, chicken, fish, legumes, peanut, cottage cheese, eggs or yogurt.
5. Eat at least one meatless lunch and dinner each week to reduce fat, increase fibre, and get yourself into the habit of building meals around whole grains, beans and vegetables.
6. If you’re not currently using skim milk, go down to the level of fat content in the milk you use. For example, if you currently use two percent, use only one percent. If you insist on whole milk, try two percent.
7. Eat at least two servings of fresh fruit every day. Choose whatever type of fruit is in season.
8. Instead of fruit juice for breakfast or snack, drink water. Add a slice of lemon or lime for zest.
9. Include two servings of vegetables with lunch and dinner, for a total of at least four servings per day.
10. Choose one to two servings of foods made from whole grains with every meal.
11. Shut off the TV whenever you eat – that includes meals and snacks. Studies show that we automatically eat larger portions when we snack in front of the tube, and typically those foods are high in fat and sugar, which means excess calories!
12. Choose calories you can chew – that means only calorie-free beverages (except for milk.) Sodas are loaded with empty calories, and fruit juices provide less fibre and vitamins per calorie than the fruit they’re made from.
13. Plan ahead for meals and snacks so you know exactly what you plan to eat. Last-minute choice tends to be higher in calories and lower in satisfaction.
Eating in winter.
Winter often causes us to gain weight. Every winter we add a few pounds. Most people really add those pounds that are hard to lose afterwards. It’s known that during the winter we are more likely to gain weight, and then in the spring and summer we will pass time trying to lose those pounds.
What causes this phenomenon?
There is no logical explanation to properly demonstrate the theory of gaining weight in the winter, but there are some potential causes that can inflict this.
Genetic predisposition – it is possible that our genes to be programmed to consume more aliments high on fats and more alcohol during periods with low temperatures. A plausible explanation would be that our ancestors needed a significant quantity of fats in their organism jus to survive through those periods and that quantity acted as “fuel” for fighting the cold. Scientists say that we inherited these genes, and along with them the need to consume aliments that are high on fats during winters.
The level of some hormones – the interaction of different chemicals and hormones inside the human brain can cause variations in appetite and aliment consumption. Some neuron-transmitters, substances that have the role to transmit information from a nervous cell to the other, can influence the way we eat. When the level of these neuron-transmitters is low (a phenomenon that is highly encountered with over-weight people) can create an permanent appetite and can have a great influence over our psychic stages (it will increase depression, cause sleep disorders.)
Some persons often in winter feel depressed, as a reaction of less day hours because of the shorter days. Our body reacts to depression, producing a bigger quantity of neuron-transmitters – another way to combat depression is to eat aliments rich in carbohydrates.
Unfortunately, aliments with carbohydrates (chips, cookies, pie and chocolate) also have fats in them, so an excessive use on a long period of time will surely lead to weight problems. The solution is to make sure we are eating the aliments that have in them carbohydrates and fibres to combat depression and without having to deal with extra pounds.
The lack of exercise – it is obvious that physical activity is not very enjoyable in the winter, compared to the freedom of movement summer offers us. In the winter however you must not abandon sports because of cold, rain or snow. This appears to be the main reason that causes weight problems during the winter – we have many calories within our body, but we never transform them into energy because we make no physical effort, so naturally that will add onto our weight.
We have the highest teenage and childhood obesity rates today than at any other point in the world’s long history. Much of the blame for this is on the fast food, low energy society that we have become. Far too often we feel that it is safer to keep our children inside our homes rather than out and about in the great outdoors. The things we are doing for the protection of our children are actually detrimental to the health of our children.
There are things however that are being done to address the problem and get our children more involved, more active, and better educated about making the proper choices about diet, nutrition, fitness, and overall health. The problem for most teens is getting them off the computer, phone, or away from the television long enough to get active.
Even video games are getting in on the act of getting children up and active by creating games such as Play Station 2’s Dance Party Revolution and the new Nintendo Wii gaming system that seem to be taking the market by storm. These systems allow consumers, to actively participate in the game play adventure rather than sitting back and playing the game in a static environment. It is a great way to get teens off their seats and active. These games are also fun for adults and will have the same effects when it comes to activity. Whoever thought we’d be actually encouraging game play for exercise?
Get Outside and Get Active
Teens learn by example and whether they care to admit it or not, they typically enjoy doing things as part of the family. Go rock wall climbing or mountain climbing. Go bike riding as a family. Camp in the great out doors and go hiking, boating, or biking yet again. Learn a new sport together. It’s amazing how much fun you can have learning how to scuba dive and while you are at it, neither of you will be consuming empty calories. Even if the sport you take up together doesn’t involve a lot of physical activity it is quite likely more active than sitting in front of the television.
Have your teen join a recreational sports team. We have all kinds of sports teams available in our community in which our teens can join. Even those with no skills at all can join and play in some of the leagues while other leagues are competitive. Getting out and about for a softball game, soccer game, and even volleyball can be a great way for the family to do something together and the games and practices are opportunities for your teen to be active.
Lawn work is another way to get out and get active with your teen. The key, as always, is in your teen burning more calories than he or she consumes. It is often easier said than done but it is quite possible if you work to get them out and about. Find things however that will be interesting to your teen and focus on those rather than torturing them with activities that hold no interest at all (well maybe not the yard work). At any rate, filling their time with activities is also allowing time that they aren’t consuming calories as well and that is something worth considering.
Encourage your teen to eat healthier foods. Eliminate calorie-loaded sods, fruit juices, and energy drinks from your pantry shelves, and encourage your teens to drink plenty of water each day. Introduce as many vegetables as possible to the diet of your teens and get rid of the pre-packaged convenience goodies that teens are notorious for depleting in one sitting. Also having your teens actively participate in the preparation and clean up for meals will help them pay more attention to the things they put into their mouths as well as the messes they make in the process!