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4 Tips for Sensible Weight Loss

By on July 1, 2015

Welcome to this week’s “Wellness Wednesday” and today we’re going to give you Four Tips for Sensible Weight Loss.

When it comes to losing weight, it often seems as if your hardest choice is which great new diet you should follow. The problem is, most of these diet choices are nothing more than fads – they might help you lose weight in the short term, but they damage your body in the process and gain the weight right back once you stop following them. If you are serious about losing weight, and making the lifestyle changes that will keep your weight off you need to start juicing right now, while implementing the following four tips.

1.) Eat the Right Amount of Calories per Day
If you are overweight, it’s likely that you are eating more calories than your body actually burns off each day. The “right” amount of calories for weight loss depends on a number of factors, including your age, gender, and activity levels. Generally, it is recommended that women consume 1,800 to 2,400 calories per day, and men consume 2,200 to 3,000 to maintain a healthy weight depending on physical activity levels. If you want to lose weight, you would eat 500 less calories each day. Eating less than the recommended calorie levels will slow your metabolism, and limit the amount of weight you lose.  Keep in mind that although watching your calorie intake is good, what’s more important is the kind of food you’re eating.  The more clean whole foods you eat, the less you have to worry about calorie intake.  Eat clean for optimal health and weight loss.

2.) Up Your Activity Levels
Sensible, sustainable weight loss requires physical activity. While many believe that they have to spend hours each week at the gym, this isn’t quite true. While you are more likely to see maximum weight loss with an hour of physical activity each day, any amount that you can fit in will help. If you can only fit in 20 or 30 minutes each day, that is much better than only making it to the gym for an extended workout once or twice a week.

3.) Don’t Skip Meals
If you feed your body, it will continue to burn off excess calories at a higher rate. However, if you skip meals, it sends your body into starvation mode, which means it will store fat rather than burn it for energy. Also, when you force yourself to go without eating, you are much more likely to overeat when you finally have a meal.

4.) Don’t Completely Cut Certain Foods
When you remove entire food groups from your diet, you are also cutting valuable nutrients that your body needs. You also have to realize that losing weight doesn’t mean you can never have that scrumptious piece of cheesecake again. It is ok to give in to your cravings once in a while, however if you really want to see the best results you must stay away from those sweets at least in the beginning. Trying to completely avoid certain foods will often ruin your diet and weight loss plans when you break down and binge.

Losing weight is a great goal, but you have to make the decision to do it properly. Eating the right foods in the right amounts and avoiding sugar will help you stay on track to lose weight sensibly. If a great new diet claims you’ll lose 20 pounds a week, skip it – it won’t be healthy, and you won’t keep the weight off for the long term.

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About Lionel Correia

Lionel is a fitness enthusiast, juicing advocate, and serial entrepreneur. He loves real estate, but is even more passionate about health, wellness and a positive mindset. He’s a graduate of the University of Arizona and prides himself on establishing great habits because great habits lead to great results. His favorite workouts include, yoga, spin class, sprints on the track and resistance training. He believes that if you desire a strong healthy body, you must first build mental toughness because a healthy body requires a disciplined mind and great habits.

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