3 Tips For Healthy Weight Loss | Family Care Winston Salem

Healthy Weight Loss Can Be Simple

Often too much thought is given to the strategy of losing weight and not enough given to the dedication of carrying out those actions.  Weight loss is generally simple, but very rarely easy.  Below I have included 3 widely accepted tips for losing weight in a healthy fashion.  These are not part of "fad" diets or the latest and greatest tips to dropping 20 pounds of fat in 5 minutes.  Healthy weight loss is a process best undertaken slowly, with deliberate actions and long term benefits.

1- Watch Your Portions!  Controlling your portion size is a difficulty most Americans have.  Some because we are lucky enough to live in a society that generally doesn't have to scrimp and scrape for food.  Others because they have never been informed.  A simple trick we use is called the Palm Rule.  A serving of veggies will generally fill the palm of your hand.  This goes for the serving size of chicken and steak, that equals, on average 4-6 ounces. Try having 2-4 servings of veggies a meal, 1-2 servings of meat, and less than 1 serving of a starch or carb.  

2- Stay Away From Drinking Calories! Your body absorbs more from liquid than it does solids.  This is why Soda, Juices, Sweat Tea and Mixed Drinks have such a large impact on your weight.  It's also why drinking your vitamins is a good idea.

3- Add 30-45 minutes of Interval Training!  Adding workouts to your schedule 3-5 days a week will help burn fat, build muscle, increase metabolism, and so much more.  It's simple and an indispensable part of your weekly regimen to lose weight.  But don't worry, you don't have to spend hours in the gym every day.  As little as 30 minutes of interval training can bring great benefits.

Weight loss doesn't have to be a daunting task to plan out.  Keep your goals clear and your plan to reach them simple.  Focus your energy on staying consistent and power through the rough days.