The Weight Loss Challenge

wlMany people are obsessed with weight loss and the reasons as to why they want to lose weight may differ from person to person. Some people are being advised by their doctors to lose weight in order to avoid health issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and stroke. In other words, some people just simply want a normal healthy weight. A fit body can boost self-esteem and confidence, that’s why another obvious reason as to why people wants to lose weight is because they want to look good and fashionable. There is no doubt that there are many benefits of weight loss but just to a certain limit. I believe that losing weight is not all about getting skinny but most especially, reaching a healthy weight.

The Challenge

A successful weight loss requires consistency, discipline and a positive attitude. It is important to have a clear and focused mindset to have good results. Here are some of the easiest ways to lose weight:

WATERsDrink plenty of water. Water plays an important role when it comes to losing weight. It helps eliminate the waste in our body and keeps it hydrated. Always drink water before breakfast, lunch and dinner to control your eating habits. You may add lemon to your water as it contains pectin fiber which assists in fighting hunger cravings. Avoid flavoured drinks as much as possible, except for freshly squeezed juices. Remember to drink 8-9 glasses of water a day, or more.

no sugarAvoid sugar and artificial sweeteners. These two must be greatly avoided in this challenge. It is important to read the labels on packaged foods to ensure whether or not they contain added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Honey, maple or brown rice syrup and coconut palm sugar are just among the few healthy alternatives to refined sugar. However, only 4 teaspoons of any of these unrefined sweeteners is allowed for a day. Absolutely no alcohol during the challenge as it contains high sugar.

Making healthy food choices and controlling portions. The first rule is portion sizes of foods must be no larger than the palm of your hand. Only use salad size plates (7” in diameter) for your meals.

Here’s a good example of portion control:

meal

               For more information on portion sizes, check this website:

http://skinnyms.com/skinny-plate-challenge/

              Check my recent blog post for more information regarding healthy food choices.

https://heddielynsalinas.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/the-30-day-weight-loss-challenge-week-two/

      exercise  Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes a day, six days a week.

Here are some recommended workout routines that works in any fitness levels:

          http://skinnyms.com/category/fitness/beginner-workouts/

          http://skinnyms.com/category/fitness/workouts/

                                                       http://skinnyms.com/category/fitness/fat-blasters-fitness/

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