Tips For Losing a Few Pounds and Staying in Shape

February 02, 2012 at 01:00 am | Lifestyle

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Stephanie Chukwuma

February 02, 2012 at 01:00 am | Lifestyle

With spring right around the corner, there is no reason to wait till the last minute to recover your flattering figure so put down the junk food, and devote yourself to becoming a more healthy and fit you. You can get started with just a few days of lower calorie intake, eating healthier foods, and ignoring the sound of your stomach telling you to give in.

The primary key to losing weight is to plan your meals and snacks accordingly. This means no fast food runs to McDonalds or Burger King, but actually consider and prepare what you will consume whether it is for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Make sure your meals have all the necessary healthy ingredients. Healthy meaning fruits and vegetables, but also items that are in your refrigerator or pantry that you can purchase healthier versions of like low-fat cream cheese or Cheerios without the honey. These small changes can make a big difference.

Another key component is to count your calorie intake. The average person eats around 2,000-2,500 calories a day. A sure way to find out what you need to cut out of your current diet is to monitor how many calories you take in on a daily basis, and cut back from there. See what foods you can do without and make a mental note to yourself. You may even want to find low calorie substitutes to your favorite foods and snacks.

Besides restricting what you eat, another important factor to losing weight is working out and staying in shape. The average person exercises for an hour each day. In fact, it is often said that in order for a person to keep their current weight, they must exercise for at least an hour a day. So do not limit yourself. You can do some running around in the neighborhood, do a few crunches or squats every morning, or use work out equipment like a treadmill. 

Now that you have a few tips on how to get back into shape, take control of your body.  With a few healthy decisions you have the power to shave a few pounds off your frame and become not only skinnier, but also healthier.

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