How to Form Good Weight Loss Habits

In my last post, I covered the importance of forming good habits while losing weight if one is interested in keeping that weight off. Because I talked about good weight loss habits but never really delved that deep into the topic I thought it would be a good idea to make a separate post about forming the right habits to live a long, healthy, and fit life.

Eating

Proper healthy eating encompasses a few different things. First of all, it’s basically mandatory that you learn how to enjoy healthy foods. If all you like is pizza and hamburgers, you’re going to have a tough time. Learn new taste – try ethnic foods and become a good home chef. You wouldn’t believe how much better of a chef I’ve become since I began cooking all my food myself at home. Restaurant and prepackaged foods are always loaded with unhealthy ingredients that you can easily choose not to include in home-cooked meals. When you’re cooking your own food yourself, you know what you’re eating, which is important. Take control of your plate!

Adding a lot of sugar and oil to meals is pretty unhealthy. Both refined sugar and fat contains virtually zero nutrients, which can lead to nutrient deficiencies if you’re not making sure to consume plenty of nutrient-dense foods on the side. Sugar and fat are flavoring agent, not food. Do not make them a significant amount of your daily caloric intake. They serve only one purpose – making your food taste better. Other than that, do not use them.

When you need to use a flavoring agent, use a healthy one, such as coconut oil or butter, and maple syrup, honey, blackstrap molasses, or coconut sugar. While low in nutrients compared to whole foods, these oils and sweeteners are the healthiest of the bunch. They won’t have negative health effects, consumed in reasonable quantities.

In the end, it’s important to just not be lazy when it comes to eating. You’ll be fine, as long as you put a little bit of effort into it.

Exercise

Exercise is similar to eating in that it’s important to not be lazy. Get on a regular exercise program which includes weight lifting. Weight lifting speeds your metabolism by preserving muscle mass and leading to a better body composition. Whether you’re a man or woman, weight lifting is truly a very useful tool when getting in shape.

Now, if you’re a women, don’t be tempted to just lift puny little 5 lb. weights. To build significant muscle mass, it takes a caloric surplus. If you’re losing weight, you’re in a caloric deficit, so you’ll mostly just be preserving muscle mass while you cut fat. As your body fat percentage lowers, you’ll get increased definition and “tone.”

Let’s say you’re a 32 year old 5′ 6″ woman whose current weight is 150 lbs. and has a goal weight of 120 lbs. If you ever expect to be 120 lbs. and look good and natural (as though you’ve always been skinny), weight lifting is a must. It’ll help you avoid saggy and loose skin and firm up your body. If you don’t lift weights, you’ll just look like a 150 lb. woman who lost 30 lbs. (thanks a lot, Sherlock!).

It’s a myth that lifting weights will cause woman to get big and bulky. That’s totally untrue and only happens when a woman is using ¬†large amount of drugs and supplements. You probably have images in your mind of some pictures of female bodybuilders you’ve seen and I’m sure that’s the last thing you want to look like – however, you’ll never get into that sort of unnatural shape by accident. By following a quality exercise program which includes weight lifting (and lifting “real weights” – weight lifting should be a strenuous activity, not a walk in the park) you’ll likely end up looking something like this:

female fitness girl

Most women I know would kill to look like that.

Of course, it takes dedication to look like that – but, lucky for you, you’ve already taken the first step by doing research online. Now it’s just up to you to use your newfound good habits and make the most of ¬†’em.

 

Melissa Becker

Ever since losing over 50 lbs. in 2010, I’ve been writing informative blog posts and reviews for various diet products, such as teas, pills, and supplements. All products have been personally tested, in order to get the full story before posting it on this site.

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