6 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Weight for Life

May 9, 2012 by  
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by Barry Gourmet and Raw

6 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Weight for Life

Article by Steven Kline

There is a persistent misconception that diets are the way to go regarding losing weight. Diets present temporary eating patterns designed to cut those extra pounds. These temporary eating patterns however, produce temporary results. That’s why most dieters go back to their eating habits after sometime and gain back weight in no time. Weight loss should be permanent to achieve the goal of a lifelong health and vigor so there’ s there’s more to losing weight than dieting alone which includes changing bad habits with good ones and a change in lifestyle. Here are 6 ways to maintain a healthy weight for life:

Exercise

Exercise keeps your trim shape in check and helps burn excess fat if you’re overweight. Maintaining a healthy weight cannot be done properly without doing much exercise. So make sure to do regular outdoor activities like walking, jogging, trimming the lawn, gardening and recreational sports. If you are more serious about doing exercise you may want to undergo a suitable exercise program with the help of a health professional. Either way, you will burn calories, lose fat, maintain healthy weight and feel good about yourself.

Don’t be a Couch Potato

The present modern lifestyle offers too many distractions that keep people from being physically active more often. Sitting for hours in front of the monitor whether watching TV, surfing the internet or playing video games promote a sedentary lifestyle. Limiting screen time to at least 2 hours a day and engaging more in physical activities would greatly improve health and maintain a healthy weight as well.

Bigger portion means heavier weight

Food portions in restaurants and in food shelves are getting bigger and bigger each passing day. And these amount to extra calories that can cause obesity. Another one is the proliferation of sugared beverages in market food shelves such as juice drinks, fruit sodas and sports drinks. So make sure to choose the smaller portion or better yet, share your food with someone and drink pure and clean water or non-fat milk.

Eat a healthy serving of fruits ad vegetables a day

Eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day is ideal, depending on your nutritional requirements. Aside from the needed vitamins and minerals they provide, fruits and vegetables are also a good source of fiber and antioxidants. Fibers helps fill you up preventing you from stuffing with too much high-calorie foods such as breads and pastries.

Always eat a healthy breakfast

It should be emphasized that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It provides the necessary energy needed to jumpstart your day especially when you have a full schedule ahead. This prevents you from feeling so hungry later on which could lead you to eat more than ever before. Indeed, studies shows that people who skip breakfast are the ones who have higher body mass index than the ones who eat breakfast.

Water is still the best thirst quencher

Many people prefer to drink sugar and calorie-laden soda pops or fruit flavored juice drinks instead of water. It is a sure upgrade in taste alright, but is also a sure upgrade in calorie count nonetheless. Drink pure, clean water or if you want, choose a non-carbonated, no-calorie flavored water instead.

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