Healthy Weight Loss Tips

This guide is dedicated to providing you with healthy and practical weight loss & diet tips that will assist you in your quest to lose weight safely & naturally -- and keep it off!

You won't find any fancy diets or tricks here, just plain, simple common sense advice. Education is the key to weight loss success and it starts right here. Adjust these tips and techniques as you begin seeing success, to fit your individual needs.

Once you learn how your body uses food and how to balance your intake, you're well on your way. The weight loss potential, however, is limited only by your own drive and determination.

What You Need to Know to Lose Weight

About 3,500 calories equals one pound of weight. So if you take in approximately 3,500 calories less or burn that amount during physical activity and exercise, you lose one pound.

If you want to loose weight, you will need to create a calorie shortage. You can best do this by reducing your calorie intake and increasing calorie expenditure. Doing both of these things at the same time is ideal, and will give you more satisfying results. You can begin slowly with one or the other if you need to, but eventually you will hit a "plateau" and will have to add the one you're skipping.

Is this difficult? It's not as hard as you may think, if you understand how it works. Slowly reducing your calorie intake by eliminating foods high in calories and fat, you'll begin seeing results. You will be surprised how eliminating just one soda a day results in weight loss. That's about 11 pounds a year! Now imagine combining this with the our weight loss tips and some good, old-fashioned exercise such as walking, weight training or aerobics. Not only will you be healthier, you'll need new clothes!

Slower, healthy weight loss means it will be easier to keep it off. Crash diets aren't healthy and are only a quick-fix. A practical goal is a 1-2 lbs a week, but you need to check with your doctor to see if this is reasonable for you.

Step on the scale and take your body measurements before you begin. You may lose inches before pounds if you begin exercising, and you'll need to know that you're still losing -- even if the scale doesn't initially reflect lost pounds.

Start with these healthy weight loss tips and you're one step closer to a more confident, slimmer YOU.

Eat Smart

Weight-Loss Do
At work, home, or in your car, always have a bottle of water handy, and drink it!
Tipping the Scales
Weight loss is a balancing act, reducing calories without lowering your metabolism. Find your threshold.
Beauty Sleep
Get proper sleep. Sometimes when you think you're hungry, you're just tired. In the daytime, take a short nap if possible when you feel the need to binge.