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8 Expert Tips to Lose the Weight for Good!

Toni Ann DiSantis

Lose Weight by Walking Just 30 Minutes a Day

Walking is one of the best exercises for losing weight — it’s relatively easy to do (and easy on the joints), it’s free and you have to do it every day anyway! Set a goal of building to 30 minutes a day, every day.

 

Don’t Skip Out on Protein

Excess calories make you gain weight, but a lack of protein will pack on the fat. Smart choices include lean poultry, fish, beans, lentils, soy, Greek yogurt, and quinoa, a quick-cooking seed that is similar in taste and texture to couscous.

 

Boost Your Metabolismwith Weight Training

Add resistance training to your fitness routine. You can’t shed pounds without gaining muscle. Here’s why: A pound of muscle burns 75 to 150 calories a day, whereas a pound of fat burns only two to three.

 

Control How Much You Eat

Just because you buy in bulk doesn't mean you have to eat in bulk. In fact, buying in bulk can actually help you reach your healthy eating goals by making healthy foods more affordable. The biggest problem, as it turns out, seems to be about portion

 

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

People who indulge in chocolate several times a week have a lower body mass index than those who eat it less often. While chocoholics shouldn’t use this as an excuse to devour a candy bar a day, small doses of dark chocolate (about an ounce a day) can help satisfy cravings while still offering heart-healthy benefits.

 

You Snooze, You May Lose…Pounds

Studies show that people who sleep five hours a night are much more likely to be overweight than people who get seven to eight hours of shut-eye. Sleep deprivation interferes with the appetite-regulating hormones ghrelin and leptin, causing us to eat more.

 

Do Something You Love

For exercise to work, it needs to be something you’ll actually do, so find an activity you enjoy. That may be riding a stationary bike while watching American Idol, or taking a dance class.

 

Be Prepared

When exercise opportunities present themselves (and they will if you're looking for them), you need to be prepared. Keep a fitness bag in your car or desk drawer with a pair of athletic socks and shoes, an iPod and water.