How To Get Slim With Healthy Eating Habits
Many women want to be slim. Maybe you're one of them. Perhaps you're getting married soon and you want to fit into your wedding gown comfortably. Or perhaps you simply want to look (and feel) great in a swimsuit or bikini.
Whatever your reason for wanting to be slim, there are some things you can do to become slim while staying healthy. If you are reading this article, chances are you want to know what those things are. Read on then, to find out.
First thing is to assess your current eating habits. This is important because you need to know what's not working. If your current eating habits are keeping you overweight, and you want to be slim, it figures that you need to change those eating habits. If something is not working, change it.
Assessing your current eating habits.
Keep a record of your eating habits for a week. The record should contain the following information:
- What you are eating
- How much you're eating
- When you eat (note the times) ? you want to know how far apart your meals and snacks are.
- Why you're eating at those times ? is it because you're hungry, or are you 'comfort eating'?
- How you feel after eating ? pleasantly satisfied or bloated and stuffed.
- How many glasses of water you drink each day
When you find out your current eating habits, you'll need to determine which habits are sabotaging your efforts to lose weight. Those are the ones you want to change. More on that later.
Determine what your weight goal is. Or you may prefer to monitor your progress in terms of your waistline or hip measurements. Whichever one suits you is best.
Form a mental picture of yourself looking the way you want to look. Goals are more powerful and empowering when we visualize them. Hold that mental picture in your mind at all times.
NOTE: Eating healthily is not all there is to getting slim. You must become more physically active (read 'exercise') in addition to eating properly if you're to lose weight permanently. This article deals with the healthy eating part of that equation.
Now that you know what your ideal size is, you have a goal that you're working towards. You need to then determine a plan of action to help you achieve that goal.
To help you decide on the right plan, bear in mind that eating should be a pleasure. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Which nutritious foods do I enjoy eating ?
- How soon after eating do I get hungry again? Most adults get hungry about 3 to 4 hours after eating a meal.
- Do I eat only when I'm hungry? Hint: You should.
- How can I stay full? Drink lots of water. Scientists recommend between 6 and 8 glasses of water daily. Your body needs it, and it helps you stay full.
With the answers to those questions in mind, form an action plan, and start a new daily record to help you keep track of your progress. This new record should contain the same columns as your initial current habits record. This way you can monitor each improvement and celebrate accordingly.
When deciding on which actions to take, you need to refer back to your initial assessment of your current eating habits. Decide which habits are preventing you from losing weight. Write down alternative habits that you want to cultivate, which will help you get slim.
These new habits you want to form are now your 'targets' ? milestones on your way to your ideal body shape and size.
To form healthy eating habits, start with small changes.
Don't make too many changes at once. Set yourself main targets, such as 'I will drink 8 glasses of water each day', then set smaller targets to help you reach each main target.
Using the example above, a small target could be 'I will drink an extra glass of water after each meal'. When you break down your targets, they don't seem so daunting. They seem easily achievable, so you feel encouraged to stick to them.
Decide on the foods you will be eating regularly. Make sure they're foods you enjoy.
Eat small portions, about 5 or 6 times each day, instead of three large meals. This helps keep your metabolic rate high, and helps you lose weight naturally.
How to stay motivated to continue eating healthilyBelieve that you can do it, and accept responsibility for your health and for the way your body looks.Reward yourself each time you successfully complete a small target. Celebrate each small success ? don't wait until you've lost tons of weight before you reward yourself. Make the journey enjoyable by treating yourself each time you make progress.Keep in mind what you hope to achieve ? remind yourself of how lovely and healthy your body is becoming each day as a result of your new eating habits. Remember, each small step in the right direction is bringing you closer to your main target.
With a clear goal in mind, a feasible action plan and tips to help you stay motivated, you should find it easy to form habits that keep you slim and healthy at the same time.
Here's to your new healthy eating habits!
About The Author
Ruth Hinson is a successful slimming consultant. She helps women lose weight safely and healthily using the SlymRyte Healthy Eating Plan ?. Visit www.slymryte.co.uk for more information.
To receive a FR*EE report titled 'Get Slim, Stay Slim', please send a blank email to email@example.com with the words 'free report' in the subject line and your first name in the body of the email.
You have permission to publish this article electronically or in print, free of charge, as long as the bylines are included. Please print the article in its entirety unchanged and notify the author by email when you use it.
Parenting advice and family fun resource. Expert
parenting advice for babes to teens from doctors, teachers,
psychologists, nutritionists, Special Need Children and Child
Development Specialists and a Nanny. Family Fun includes crafts,
games, party ideas and family vacation travel. Families Online
Magazine also provides answers to those important questions, What's
for dinner and Are We There yet?
5 Easy Steps to Help You Lose Weight
When losing weight, most of us don't have the time to drastically change our lifestyles. We need a practical and convenient way to integrate effective habits into our daily lives. The following steps are easy and practical ways to get you on the track to loosing weight and feeling better.
Top 5 Reasons Why Women Over 30 Dont Lose Weight And Keep It Off
Have you heard about it lately? Everywhere you look, women over 30 can find one hundred excuses for not being able to lose weight and keep it off.
Is Pain Stopping You From Losing Weight?
If you are overweight and suffer from pain in your feet that radiates from your heel, you are not alone. Almost one quarter of overweight people suffer from plantar fasciitis, a debilitating condition that causes heel pain and can limit a person's ability to walk or exercise. It is estimated that one out of every ten people will suffer from heel pain at some point in his or her life.
Mamma Said: Keep Your Fingers Out Of Your Mouth
Watching television exercises our eyes but nothing else. Unfortunately, it doesn't require us to do anything with our hands which leaves them free to grab something to eat. Then there are the food and restaurant commercials where everything is colorful and perfectly cooked. Don't even think about watching a cooking show: the temptation to snack or get up and cook is totally irresistible.
Weight Loss Can Be Achieved In As Little As 5 Days By Increasing Your Metabolism
One-size-fits-all diets don't work....but then you probably know that already. Have you ever tried a diet that your friend raved about, but which brought you little or no results? Why would this happen? People are biochemical individuals and react differently to foods ? this is why one diet may work for your friend, but not for you. You need to determine what is the best combination of foods for your body.
Weight Loss and Disease ? It?s Not the Food that?s Killing Us!
Whether coming from a close friend, the nightly news or from a letter in the mail, it's hard to face the truth at times. Hearing it can really cut to the core of our beings. Today, fitness books are mostly filled with advertisements, pill pushers and unrealistic programs that give people false hope. My intention is to give you real hope and with that you'll get straight talk.
Weight Loss Surgery May Add Years to Life
There's no doubt that stomach-stapling surgery leads to
dramatic weight loss. But new research shows that the
procedure might also add years to life.
Thirty Hints & Tips to Achievable Weight Loss
Here are some everyday, helpful hints to get you started, keep you going, and help you stick to your diet.
Weight Loss During Holidays: What to Do With Leftovers?
If I Want to Lose Weight, What Can I Do With Leftovers?
Acupuncture Weight Loss -- Does it Work?
Acupuncture for weight loss is a modern application of this ancient medical practice. This article reports on the conclusion of it's safety and effectiveness following an extensive examination of the published evidence. For the complete report, please visit the URL displayed in the author bio.
Gastric Bypass Causes Hair Loss: Can It Be Avoided?
Surprisingly, hair loss is one of the reasons female pre-operative patients sit on the fence before deciding to have gastric bypass surgery. Obese people, particularly obese women, often have lush gorgeous hair. Of course they do ? it's well fed and nourished! How many of us have been described as the woman with "beautiful hair and a pretty face"? What person in their right mind would give up one of their beautiful features?
Breaking Research: Whats a Dieter To Do?
Every day, it seems, a new study pertaining to weight loss or nutrition is released to the public. These studies tout the latest and greatest trends, products or discoveries and then a willing public jumps on the bandwagon expecting mighty results.
Close Kept Secrets to Weight Loss Lesson #9
WAHOO!!! for YOU!! You are the most AWESOME person alive!! Stand up and repeat after me. Come on, get up and feel the presence of God all around you. Are you up out of that chair? You can stand up while you're reading, can't you? Okay, are you up? Now shout?. I am AMAZING, I am WONDERFUL, I am POWERFUL, I am my IDEAL WEIGHT, I LOVE myself, I am BEAUTIFUL, I am the DIVINE!! Phew!! How did that feel? I am always saying those words and I move my whole body. It is such an energy boost and every cell in my body dances with joy.
Lose Weight and Get Fit by Getting Fat
Getting enough of the good fats will help you lose fat,
build muscle, and recover faster from your workouts.
In addition, it has myriad health benefits, including being
good for your heart.
I know how difficult it can be do stick to a healthy diet when trying to eat out. Here are some tips that might prevent you from totally "blowing it" the next time you dine out.
Diet Pills And Supplements
Losing weight is a struggle that many of us face every day. In the search for the best diet program, the subject of diet pills and supplements can be the foremost thought on our minds. With the numerous diet pills and supplements being advertised it's hard to know which ones are safe and effective.
Diet pills can be very helpful in controlling the appetite and boosting your
energy level and metabolism. In making the decision to use diet pills or
supplements to help you lose weight, you must consider what, if any, side
effects are possible. Some products claim to have no side effects what so ever
while others carry the risk of liver damage, heart problems, and kidney damage,
just to name a few.
Those who struggle with obesity run the risk of health problems. Along with diet
and exercise, you may be considering using diet pills or supplements. Make
certain to research the effectiveness and possible side effects associated with
these types of products. Information is readily available to you from a number
of online and other sources.
Obesity is the cause of hundreds of thousands of health related problems for
millions of people throughout the world. Losing excess weight is the best thing
you can do for your heart and over all health. Diet pills and supplements can
assist you in reaching your weight loss goals. Make certain you choose a diet
product that carries very little, if any, risk of serious side effects. There
are diet pills and supplements available that are safe and effective and have
few or no possible side effects.
Diet pills can come in the form of prescription medication that is available
only through your doctor or in the form of non-prescription supplements that are
available over the counter or through online providers. Whichever type of diet
pill or supplement you choose, a healthy diet and exercise are still necessary
to lose weight and maintain that loss. Claims made by weight loss product
manufacturers stating their product can help you lose weight with no diet and
exercise plan are usually false.
If you want to lose weight, you must reduce your caloric intake and begin an
exercise program. There are diet pills and supplements that are safe and can
help you in your weight loss plan. Choose carefully and make sure you know the
risk of side effects associated with any product you purchase.
There are many products available to help you lose weight. There are
supplements, diet plans, programs and online support systems to
help you manage your eating habits and measure your weight loss progress. Some
of these companies provide support and help with your dieting program. We can
help you by providing you with a free list of our recommended best sources for
effective weight loss products and services. To view our list of recommended
sources to help you lose weight or to read
more articles about dieting visit: Recommended Weight Loss & Diet Resources Online.
Do You Want To Lose Weight Without Going Crazy?
Here's what to do if you want to wear that slinky black dress, and stay sane:
Weight Loss? 2 Skills You Need
If you have been dieting, there is a good chance you have lost weight. Unfortunately, large numbers of successful dieters quickly regain the poundage. If you wish to maintain the weight you have lost without developing substitute excesses such as overspending, overworking, excessive drinking or smoking, you must satisfy the emotional hunger that causes people to overeat. To do this you need to master two basic skills ? self-nurturing and setting effective limits. Self-nurturing is the ability to check our feelings and needs throughout the day in order to know and honor ourselves and better meet our needs. Setting effective limits is the skill of having reasonable expectations and following through with them. That enables us to take action and have more power and greater safety in our lives.
New Weight Loss Program -- How to Make Your Diet Work
This is a continuation of the article entitled, "Making Diets Work." In the original article, I introduced the concept of Diet ShockTM and its role in weight regain.
Dieting Strategy -- Stop Diet Drop Out
Diet drop out, a significant problem for all types of diets, requires a new dieting strategy. Exchange it...and watch diet drop out rates plummet.