This article will give you some natural weight loss tips that you can use right away. Natural weight loss simply means losing without drugs, including so-called diet pills or medical procedures.
I would add another characteristic to my definition of natural weight loss -avoiding extreme, crash or fad diets that tell you how to lose a large amount of weight quickly. This is not natural for the body, and even if you do lose a lot of fast, you are very likely to gain it back -and then some. This is because the body has certain nutritional needs, and when you deprive it there is a balancing mechanism that comes into play.
So natural weight loss is really healthy weight loss. Being over or obese is not healthy -we all know that. But simply losing weight, without consideration of how you are doing it, can be just as unhealthy.
Using Natural Weight Loss Means Don’t Be In A Hurry
If you cut back on calories in a sensible way, start exercising more (or start exercising, period!) and avoid unhealthy, fattening foods, you may lose weight quickly. However, it’s best to focus on making important lifestyle changes rather than on setting specific goals involving numbers.
When you start getting obsessed with losing X number of pounds in X number of weeks, you can get frustrated. Think how long it took you to get to your present weight. In most cases, years if not decades. Now you don’t have to spend an equal number of years shedding those pounds, but this puts it into perspective.
Focus on being healthier and the weight will come off in due time.
You’ve Got To Get Moving!
You’ve heard this before, no doubt. However, the reason many people seek shortcuts and fad diets is because they are looking for a way around a basic fact of biology and physics. That is, if you want to lose you have to burn calories. To burn calories, you’ve got to be physically active. Unless you want to risk the possible health risks (and expense) of drugs that interfere with the body’s natural functioning or opt for surgery, you’re going to have to get some kind of exercise.
The good thing about this is that you have an almost infinite number of ways to get more physical activity.
There’s no law saying you have to go to a gym or jog (though for many people these are great solutions).
You can lose weight by taking a few short walks every day. For example, early in the morning, at work during lunch and after dinner. Well, let’s say two short ones and one longer one.
You do need to get your heart rate up. You can also gradually increase the speed of your walking. Along with this, make the effort to move around more during the day, whether you are at work or home. Even everyday tasks, like household chores, playing with children, walking or running the dog, and yard work can be great forms of exercise that will burn calories.
What To Avoid to Lose Weight Naturally
If you want to follow a diet, there’s nothing wrong with that. It helps many people focus their weight loss goals. However, whether you follow a specific diet or not, there are certain things you really should avoid or at least reduce to achieve your weight loss goals.
If you are in the habit of eating unhealthy snacks like candy bars (including many sugar-rich “energy bars”), soda, chips, deep fried foods, donuts, etc., it can make a big difference if you cut these out and replace them with less appealing (at first) but far healthier alternatives like almonds, sunflower seeds, carrots, walnuts or pumpkin seeds.
If you need a lift between meals, drink green tea instead of coffee or soda. It’s healthier, contains less caffeine and has antioxidants that may even be helpful for weight loss.
During your regular meals, replace unhealthy carbs containing white flour with multigrains, preferably organic. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. They not only contain many nutrients, they help you body metabolize more efficiently and will help you to lose weight.