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5 Ways To Eat Yourself Slim

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Summertime can be a difficult time to shed those last few pounds you've been holding on to. More entertaining generally means more temptation, and for most of us, it's a losing battle. But losing weight doesn’t have to be difficult; it’s just a matter of exercising regularly and making healthy food choices. I've consulted web sites, read books, sought nutritional advice all in an effort to lose weight. But in the end, I have come to realize that you need to figure out what works best for you. Here are a few simple rules I follow daily to keep from gaining unnecessary weight.

Everything in moderation
Cutting out fat and carbs from your diet is not a good weight loss plan, because your body relies on these nutrients as a source of energy. Anyone who has ever been one of those fad diet types knows that a no-carb diet will leave you feeling tired, grumpy, and sluggish. The only time carbs start contributing to weight gain is when you eat too much of them, and this applies to any food group. Healthy eating is just as much about how much you consume as it is about what you consume. One way to monitor your portion size is to eat only half of what you’ve served yourself. After a week or so, you may realize that you’re feeling perfectly satisfied with small portions, and maybe a little less lethargic.

More fruits and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants, which have been shown to protect against chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. However, some people do struggle with getting their recommended intake. Fortunately, people who drink smoothies on a regular basis are more likely to get a varied intake of fruits and vegetables every day. It’s better if you make the smoothies yourself so you know for certain what you’re consuming and to be sure there is no added sugar.

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Calories are essential
Regardless of what some fad diets will say, it’s not healthy to cut your daily calorie intake too much - in fact, it’s pretty dangerous. Cutting down your intake to less than 1000 calories can lead to heart problems, digestive problems, nutrient deficiencies, and it causes your body to destroy muscle tissue, which is an unhealthy form of weight loss. The best way to lose weight is to stay within the barriers of your recommended calorie intake.

Don’t fight cravings
Psychologically, it’s important not to ban any foods from your diet. The more you deny yourself a slice of chocolate cake, the more you crave it, and the more likely you are to overcompensate for your denial by eating too much cake. Indulge your cravings but set limits and remember to eat all things in moderation.

Drink plenty of water
We’ve been reminded over and over again that we often mistake hunger for thirst, yet many people still aren’t reaching out for a bottle of water. Some try to quench their thirst with juice or iced tea, without realizing that these beverages are also filled with sugar. If water is too boring for you, add fresh fruit for a refreshing and healthy infusion. I always keep a bottle of water with me. If I have it, I drink it.

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