Evaluate Your Eating Habits

People aren’t fond of exercise programs simply because it takes too much time. And when they look at themselves in front of the mirror and see more fat than muscle, it begins to discourage them all the more.

The typical advice that most fit people will give these unfortunate souls is to eat healthy and to exercise. Though these two suggestions are sure fire ways to take out the fat that is already stored in your midsection, here are some proactive ways to lose weight.

Lessen and monitor your calorie intake

This might seem quite obvious but it would help a lot if one monitors his or her calorie intake everyday. It would certainly allow you to make healthier food choices and it would give you a better understanding of what goes in your body. For example, there are 3,500 calories for every pound of fat.

This means that if you eat 250 more calories than what you need to use, then it will translate to a gain of 2 more pounds per month. That’s roughly about 20 pounds a year. This will mean that if you continue to just change something in your diet by adding 250 more calories, it will drastically affect you for the rest of the year and will inevitably give birth to a bigger midsection.

What’s amazing is even if you just add half a tablespoon of the extra creamy peanut butter, which is an additional 50 calories per day, it will also be converted to a total of five pounds gained for that year. What’s important is that one should always be reminded that small changes will have a great impact over a period of time.

What’s so bad about trying to exercise all of the extra off? Nothing. Compared to not eating that fattening chocolate bar, exercising is much more complicated and uncomfortable. It will entail much work and discipline on your part. And although it could effectively negate the effects of eating that extra spoon of fat, it will always be demanding on your part to do that everyday. The alternative to that is obvious to not exercise at all because you never had anything to shed away in the first place. No calories added means no calories to burn off.

Eat only when hungry

One of the most common pitfalls that overeaters fall into is that when they are hungry, all they do is eat, eat and eat until they feel full. This has a negative effect on the behavior of the person after they have had their full because being very full leaves a sluggish feeling afterwards. This is known as the "food coma."

The new mindset of the person is to only eat when he or she is hungry and consequently, to stop eating when you’re not hungry anymore. Now this does not cite anything about feeling full. This means that this helpful tip could help out with your diet by being an indicator of when to eat and when not to eat.

This obviously goes against years of trained responses but once a person gets used to it, the first few weeks will become increasingly easy as it progresses. If you combine this with keeping a running record of how much calories you eat, you will be able to know when to stop eating.

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