One study showed that drinking a half-liter (17 ounces) of water about
half an hour before meals helped dieters eat fewercaloriesand lose 44%
more weight, compared to those who didn’t drink the water.
Carbohydrates are your body’s main source of energy. In recent years,
“low-carb” diets have grown in popularity, but the results are usually
short-lived. A 2003 article in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical
Nutrition found that low-carbohydrate diets have no advantage over
traditional well balanced diets and that long-term restriction of
carbohydrates can have dangerous side effects, including heart problems,
osteoporosis, an increased risk of cancer, impairment of physical
activity, lipid abnormalities, and even sudden death, if continued over
a prolonged period of time. Eating complex carbohydrates, such as high
fiber cereal and brown rice can actually help you lose weight by making
you feel fuller while consuming fewer calories.
Studies show thatsugarconsumption is strongly associated with an
increased risk of obesity, as well as conditions including type 2
diabetes and heart disease.
You may think that one less meal equates to fewer calories consumed, but
skipping meals may just make you eat larger portions later in the day.
Research has shown that people who eat breakfast weigh less than those
who skip the first meal of the day.
You assume all carbs are bad for you.
The little things include “add-ons” such as salad dressings, coffee
creamer, guacamole, and croutons. Just 2 tablespoons of Wishbone Chunky
Blue Cheese has 160 calories and 17 grams of fat.Being aware of the
ingredients in your food can help eliminate these hidden sources of
calories and saturated fat.
You believe eating healthy costs more money.
Often these options mean just that: less fat. They do not mean fewer
calories. To compromise for the missing fat, manufactures will add sugar
in order to make the product taste just as good. Don’t be fooled by good
Do you feel like you’re continually running on the treadmill, but not
going anywhere? Weight loss is a lucrative industry and we are
constantly presented with quick fix solutions that we desperately want
to believe. According to data by Marketdata Enterprises, Americans spend
over $60 billion dollars a year trying to lose weight. Before you empty
your wallet to decrease your dress size, are some common mistakes to
The formula for weight loss is simple: the amount of calories burned has
to be greater than the amount of calories consumed. Benefits of
maintaining a healthy weight include: increased energy, higher self
esteem, and a lower risk of heart disease, high blood pressure,
diabetes, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea, and certain cancers. The
best way to accomplish your weight loss goals is by old fashioned diet
According to a recent study, 21 percent of calories in an American diet
come from liquids. Consider the following 16 ounce drinks—a Starbucks
Hot Chocolate is 370 calories, a 16 ounce Dunkin’ Donuts Vanilla Bean
Coolatta is 630 calories, and Jamba Juice Aloha Pineapple Smoothie is
290 calories. Even orange juice is 190 calories for 12 ounces. By
swapping these beverages for water, you significantly reduce caloric
You think “low-fat” or “fat-free” means fewer calories.
If you want to lose weight, cut back on added sugar. Just make sure to
read labels, because even so-calledhealth foodscan be loaded with sugar.
You don’t count the little things.
You skip meals.
You think there’s a quick way to lose weight.
You disregard the calories that come from liquids.
If there were a pill that magically took off the pounds, we’d be living
in a world without super-sized chairs in waiting rooms and seat belt
extenders. The truth is, weight loss is hard. It takes determination,
focus, and commitment to making healthier choices, even though it is
often the less convenient or less enjoyable option.
While eating healthy may seem more costly, there are a lot of factors to
consider. It is cheaper and easier to grab a burger and fries from a
local fast food establishment, but investing in your health can save you
costly medical bills in the future. In addition, there are more
affordable ways to make healthy food. Furthermore, a lot of people
believe that raw vegetables provide more nutrients than frozen or canned