Top 10 Tips to Manage Weight Series (2 of 10)
These Bad Boys Make Weight Management More Difficult
In the first installment of this series, we covered the importance of water! By now you know just how important it is.
Hopefully, due to this importance, over time, water will become your go-to drink of choice!
But we are not completely foolish here at the Lab. We completely understand the love most of society has with other “drinks” as well.
Instead of trying to tell you to stay completely away from the below “bad boys”, we will simply provide a little education and hope that you can do your very best to minimize them as much as possible.
Who knows, in time you may cease altogether and wonder why you used to “crave” them so much before.
Sodas are Killing Us
Cut the sodas immediately! All sodas, diet included! Most sodas are sweetened with sugar. The more you can cut out of your diet the better.
While diet versions do not have as much sugar, they still have other chemicals and components that are unhealthy.
Cutting sodas is not a difficult task for anyone, once you decide to do it. If once in a while you indulge and drink a soda, counteract it with a glass of water.
Remember, too much caffeine, without ample water, leads to a dehydrated state. Decaffeinated sodas still have caffeine in small amounts as well and just as much sugar.
See, there really is nothing good about these canned wonders!
Sweets are Not So Sweet
Next step, get a handle on your sweet tooth.
This doesn’t mean you can’t have your sweets; just don’t eat them as a meal or with EVERY meal!
Unfortunately, not only do these sweets almost always end up as additionally stored fat but maybe, more importantly, they wreak havoc on your insulin levels, mood, energy, etc as well.
Don’t deprive yourself either though, because this will more often than not cause an adverse response called CRAVINGS and you’ll eat twice as many as you should.
Just make a concerted effort to limit your sugar intake as much as possible.
If you must have sweetener in your coffee and tea, try to find a non-caloric sweetener that you don’t mind the taste of. Try not to overuse these though as the jury is still out on many of them.
Alcohol Needs Moderation
Now the kicker…..the real hidden danger for many! Alcohol!
Due to the higher caloric content in alcohol, as well as, the other well-known negative effects, cutting your consumption would be an excellent choice for so many reasons.
With the exception of the benefits of the occasional glass of red wine, most alcoholic beverages provide nothing positive at all and are simply just fattening. Beer especially! Cocktails are fattening depending on what they are made of.
Plus, after a few drinks, most people get the munchies. When you’re feeling a little inebriated and hungry you won’t be able to make rational decisions regarding your diet and it’s usually late at night, just before you pass out from a night of drinking, that you overeat.
That’s not a pretty picture at all and the overall combination is definitely not good.
If you must have alcohol, try dry wine. Dry wine is better than your sweet wines because sweet wines have more sugar! Dry wines have sugar, but most of it has been fermented away into alcohol and from a weight gaining perspective, dry is better.
You Can, and Should, Still Enjoy Life
We know, we know…..we just put a huge damper on so many of your days and nights with this post!
Good news though, it doesn’t have to be and shouldn’t be, an ALL or NOTHINGapproach to any of the above. If you simply begin to make different choices, just a few times a week to start, you will most likely be amazed, and become attached to, the difference in how you begin to look and feel in no time at all.
Read this post again. Commit it to memory! And do your best to make more good choices than bad!
Remember, the worst thing you can do when following this series is to try to make too drastic of changes to your life or lifestyle. That will all but certainly lead to failure! Just like everything else, moderation is key!
Now the good news…..you’re gonna love the next post!
You only have one life to live, one body to live it in, so take care of it. Progress, not perfection. Good, better, best with your food intake and some form of movement daily. Get your nutritional foundation from food, supplement where necessary, and drink plenty of water. We are here to help so feel free to drop us comments or questions as often as you’d like and always consult your physician before making any changes to your diet or exercise regiment.
Live a 3D life…Decisions Determine Destinations!
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