Losing weight may seem like an uphill battle when you start. With the countless commercials, advertisements, weight loss gurus, plans, diets, it can all be very confusing to how to get started and how you should lose weight. Regardless of the way you do it, you can lose weight by following a few basic guidelines that everyone looking to lose weight should follow.
Eat right. Eat smart.
You don’t need to overeat — going up for two or three huge trips at the chinese buffet would classify you as a poor eater. You also don’t need to eat candy, sugar-laden foods, etc., as appetizers. Everything is fine in moderation, but when you bulge, have no self control, and are just a sloppy eat you’ll gain weight and never lose it.
It doesn’t matter how you do it — at the gym, on the basketball court, running around with your dogs in the backyard, you have to be physical. No fad diet or expensive weight loss program will you do any good unless you are physical. That doesn’t mean you need to run on a treadmill an hour a day of everyday (though it’d help you lose weight), you just need to get moving.
Talk to your doctor and consider taking nutritional supplements. When you’re first starting out on your diet and even years down the road, consider using supplements to help get all the vitamins and nutrients that you’re lacking from your diet. A general multi-vitamin should be a good supplement to start on, and depending on your needs, you may way to consider Elite Gourmet Whey Protein.
Have a gameplan.
You need to prepare your next day today. Before you go to bed, know what kind of physical activity you’re going to do tomorrow. If you don’t plan it into your day, you can easily find excuses on why you don’t have enough time to workout. The same goes to food — if you don’t prepare a healthy lunch at home and take it to work, you will be easily tempted to go eat with your co-workers at the local grease joint.
What Supplements Should I Take?
That’s the most common question that anybody selling supplements is asked. People want the miracle pill, the one that’s going to make them lose 20 pounds in a week. Well, I’m here to set the record straight: Ain’t gonna happen. You’re not going to take some pill twice a day and lose weight while maintaining an unhealthy lifestyle.
What ’some pill’ can do is accelerate your metabolism and help you burn fat, supply your body with critical nutrients, and overall give you a helping hand to fight against your waistline. But that’s all pills like Lipo-6, Thermonex, and MHP’s Dren do — help. They don’t take the remote out of your hands every night — they don’t make you choose the salad over the french fries — and they certainly don’t drive you to the gym.
If you’re ready to get serious about weight loss and want to use weight loss supplements along your journey — great. Along with one or more of the above supplements mentioned, you should also consider taking the following (after talking with your doctor, of course):
Good multi-vitamin. If you’re on a diet, you’re probably leaving some types of food out of your diet. They should be “bad” types of food, but they still may have vitamins and minerals that your body needs. By eliminating these from your diet, you’re not allowing your body to receive these nutrients — which is bad for the normal functioning of your body.
Fish oil. Product’s like Optimum Nutrition’s Fish Oil and Twinlab’s Fish/Flax Oil Blend are in this category. You might have witnessed some of the media buzz around fish oil — it probably deserves it. Fish oil contains some essential fatty acids that our body uses to function. Studies have demonstrated that fish oil helps control insulin and sugar levels, which helps optimize ourbodies fat-burning elements.
Green tea. You can get green tea from your neighborhood gas station, most places sell them in the form of a drink these days. NOW Green tea extract is also cheap, yet effective source of green tea extract that comes in pill form. Green tea is very healthy for you as it has very little caffeine with no calories, in addition to fat-burning micronutrients that helps your body shed the pounds.
Again, there is very little debate over whether supplements work or not. Most of them do. The bad press and negative word of mouth is derived from people who expect supplements to do everything for them. You’ll hear that “supplements don’t work” from the same people that ask: “Why didn’t I lose any weight this week? I only ate fast food three nights this week and went to the gym twice!”
Eat healthy, workout a few times a week, and take some supplements. You’ll lose weight.