Jun 282011

How To Lose Weight?

Even a quick trip around the internet will reveal literally thousands of diets promising “miracle” results. A recent Google search of the phrase “lose weight” returned 124,000,000 results. How is anyone supposed to sift through more than a hundred and twenty million results to find the diet that will work for them? Clearly this is an impossible job.

Understanding the Problem

The first step is to get a good definition of how big a problem you have. One constant is that most of us who are trying to lose weight drastically underestimate the number of calories we eat daily. Because weight loss isn’t going to happen until your body begins to burn more calories than you feed it each day, knowing your calorie intake is very important.

The easiest and most effective way to track calories is to keep an accurate list of everything you eat each day in a food diary. If you are conscientious about recording everything you eat or drink during the day you will begin to see exactly how much you are eating.

If you don’t already know the calorie counts, use the internet to determine the calorie counts of the foods you eat. For example, an apple is about 100 for a “medium” and 116 for a “large”. Or, a Burger King “whopper with cheese” contains almost 800 calories. Adding in a large fries and your now up to almost 1,300 calories. And this is just one meal. Given that the recommended daily calorie allowance for a man is 2,300 (2,00 for women) there isn’t a lot left over for the rest of the day.

But this is critical information. Now that you know, you can start to put methods in place to help you begin to lose weight pretty easily. In fact, ou might well find out all that’s required is to make some dietary substitutions (such as an apple and a salad for lunch instead of a burger and fries) and portion control to begin to lose weight and bring your weight and your blood pressure numbers under control.

Smoothies To The Rescue

By including smoothies in your daily meal plan you have a quick and easy way to add low calorie, high nutrition fruit or vegetables daily without a lot of preparation hassle.

Smoothies can be created from just about any combination of fruits and vegetables. And, even if fresh ingredients are best, smoothies can be enjoyed all year round by using the produce in season and adding frozen fruit to the mix.

A short list of just some of the vegetable and fruits that are rich in dietary fiber, potassium and magnesium are apples, bananas, broccoli, carrots, grapefruit, grapes, lima beans, spinach, apricots, green beans, tomatoes, and strawberries

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