Category Archives: Weight Loss

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5 Of The Worst Foods To Eat For Weight Loss

If you’re trying to lose weight but aren’t getting the results you want, look to the food you’re eating. Some foods are obviously bad for you. Others are often classified as “health foods” but secretly cause you to gain pounds.

Some of the worst foods to eat for weight loss, like junk food and processed meats, are well known, but there are others you might not be aware of. The good news is, even small changes to your diet can have a profound effect on your weight. Take a look below at some trouble foods and consider removing them from your diet.

Whole Fat Dairy

Dairy products considered to be “full-fat” (whole milk products) can cause weight gain when consumed regularly. For example, one eight-ounce glass of whole milk is about 149 calories. If you’re on a 1,500-calorie diet, that one beverage can harm your weight loss efforts.

Try switching to low or no-fat dairy products. That same glass replaced with skim milk is only 83 calories. Just remember, don’t completely remove fat from your diet. Your body needs fat. Without it, you die. It’s also wise to stick to “grass fed” dairy products.

Soda

This should be an obvious one, but there are still a lot of people who don’t want to admit their soda habit is actually causing them to gain weight or preventing them from dropping pounds. Dietitians and physicians agree soda should be completely eliminated from everyone’s diets. It offers no nutritional value and is packed with sugar which can contribute significantly to weight gain.

Processed Baked Goods

Sweets, in general, can keep you from losing weight, but prepackaged baked goods are even worse because they are heavily processed. These types of baked goods are packed with sugar and have a high amount of preservatives to keep them shelf-stable. They’re hard to digest and are high in calories, too. If you find yourself craving something sweet, pick up a piece of fruit instead.

Stick Margarine

Substitute soft spreads or small amounts of butter for stick margarine to increase your chances of losing those unwanted pounds.

Bagels

Many people snag a bagel first thing in the morning, but that’s not a great way to start off your day if you want to lose weight. There are plenty of people who believe all carbs are the enemy, but that isn’t necessarily true. You just need to stick to carbohydrates that don’t tend to spike blood sugar levels (low glycemic index foods). Bagels are high on the glycemic index and basically turn to sugar once your body digests them.

These are just a few of the worst foods to eat for weight loss. There are plenty of others, and if you want to eat as healthy as possible, a good food reference is invaluable to have on hand every time you hit the grocery store.

An excellent one is called “Let Jesus Take The Grocery Cart” and is included as part of the Salvation Diet by Chris Walker. This handy list can easily be printed out and used as a grocery list, so you never make poor food choices when you’re out shopping. Learn more about the Salvation Diet at www.stabilitypact.org.

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3 Easy Ways To Motivate Yourself To Lose Weight

It’s that time again. Time to pull the bathing suit out of the closet and give yourself that critical once-over in the mirror. It’s summer time!

For many men and women, this is the time they dread the most. The time of judgment and scorn, not so much from other people, but from the negative thoughts within their own heads.

Look, we’ve all been there. You make a plan, you tell yourself you’re definitely going to stick to it this time, and then you cheat. Once, then twice, then the plan is completely forgotten and you’re back to giving yourself long, accusatory stares in the mirror.

In the end, it all comes down to motivation…or lack thereof. And with that being the case, what are some of the best ways to motivate yourself to lose weight?

First and foremost, you need to find your own motivation, and lose weight for the reasons that matter most to you. But you can still get help, too! There are actually a number of things you can do that are clinically proven to help you achieve your weight loss goals.

So let’s briefly discuss some time-tested ways to motivate yourself to lose weight, get fit, and get your confidence back!

1. Do It For Yourself

Here’s the hard truth: if you’re losing weight simply for the sake of what others might think of your body currently, then you probably aren’t going to reach any of the goals you’ve set for yourself. The reality is that unless your desire for weight loss is motivated by something healthy, by a need to get fit for yourself and no one else, chances are that your plans are doomed to failure at the outset.

Make sure you want to lose weight for the right reasons. If you’re concerned about your health, great. If you’re concerned about your mobility, great. If you’re only concerned about judgmental looks from strangers on the beach…well, never say never, but a desire that springs from something internal rather than external is going to have a higher chance of manifesting success.

2. Set Realistic Goals

Don’t starve yourself! All of the latest cleanses and starvation diets add up to one thing in the long-run: disappointment. Well, disappointment and potentially serious health problems down the line.

Set attainable goals for yourself, and don’t reach too high too fast. If you decide you’d like to drop 20 pounds, then give yourself the required amount of time to do it in a healthy, efficient manner. Make losing 1 pound your first goal, not 20. Then, go from there.

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. It works the same way with weight loss. You lose weight by dropping 1 pound at a time, not 20, so make losing 1 pound your first goal. Then, go from there.

3. Create A Daily Plan

Don’t just start out with no real rhyme or reason to your diet and workout routine. Make yourself a detailed and descriptive chart that walks you through your daily routine. You’ll have a much higher chance of sticking to the plan if you know exactly what you’re going to eat and when, and exactly what kind of exercise you plan on engaging in, and when.

If it sounds difficult to figure out for yourself, then follow a proven diet and/or fitness plan that already lays everything out for you, step-by-step. The Fat Diminisher System by Wesley Virgin is one that has become extremely popular over this past year, due to both its ease of use and its effectiveness.

Get yourself a calendar and design a realistic system based entirely upon your own, personal weight loss goals. People who write things down are far more likely to achieve their goals, than people who simply try and “wing it”.