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Diet Rules You Can Break and Still Lose Weight

Bend These Weight-Loss Rules and Still Drop Pounds

If you love to eat, losing weight can seem so structured — you immediately get frustrated and grab the first decadent food you can find. Even though there are some very specific guidelines that can help you reach your goal faster, there's no one-size-fits-all weight-loss plan for everyone. Here are five rules you can bend and still drop pounds from the scale.

Rule #1: No Cupcakes, Wine, or French Fries

While dessert, alcohol, and fried foods tend to be high in calories, just because you want to lose weight doesn't mean you have to live without the foods you adore. Actually, denying yourself the bites you crave can backfire, causing you to feel deprived, resulting in bingeing. You can't eat these foods all the time, but it's perfectly healthy to enjoy a few spoonfuls of ice cream or a small glass of Chardonnay every once in a while. Just tone down your portion sizes and only indulge about once a week.

Rule #2: Salad, Every Day

Salads aren't for everyone, and the dissatisfied feeling you get afterward could cause you to head to the nearest pizza joint. Plus, salad toppings can really add up. When a bowl of greens is covered in candied walnuts, cheese, dried cranberries, avocado, and creamy dressing, a seemingly healthy salad can run higher in calories than a burger. If you're not into a bowl of raw veggies, choose other low-calorie meals that incorporate veggies such as sandwiches, broth-based soups, grilled veggies, and whole-grain salads. You have to enjoy the foods you're eating in order to stick with a healthy meal plan.

Rule #3: Must Exercise to Lose Weight

A 30-minute jog burns about 250 calories, and while burning calories is a great way to lose weight, it's not the only way. If you're injured and can't exercise, or you're just not able to make the time for it, you can still lose weight. It just means you have to be willing to eat less and cut calories in your diet instead. If you do skip out on workouts, keep active in other ways — it's important for so many other reasons like heart health, stress relief, and better sleep.

Rule #4: No Carbs

While carbs tend to be high in calories, not all carbs are created equal. Refined carbs like white flour, rice, and sugar are the ones to limit. Complex carbs like quinoa, oats, whole-wheat pasta, whole-grain bread, and brown rice are full of protein that'll give you energy and fiber that will keep you full. And simple carbs like fruit also offer fiber to send your brain that "I'm full" signal. You still need to watch portions of these foods since they aren't calorie-free, but you definitely don't need to (and shouldn't) ditch all carbs in the name of weight loss.

Rule #5: Measure Everything

While portion control is a huge weight-loss buzz phrase, and limiting your calories is the best way to lose weight, you don't have to be rigid about measuring everything. There are tons of foods you can eat as much as you want of and not measure a single bite. We're talking nonstarchy, low-cal veggies such as salad greens, peppers, celery, and cucumbers. If your daily diet seems too strict, try to include foods like these that you can munch on without worrying about how much you're eating.

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Cassey321 Cassey321 4 years
Its true that you do not have to partake in advanced aerobic sessions or some kind of SAS fitness regime to lose weight but if you have quite a bit of weight to lose you NEED to exercise. Firstly it will make dieting easier, you will become healthier but also it will help prevent the developing of loose skin. A lot of people lose weight but become unhappy because of their changing body shape. They may be a lot thinner but some people end up having a lot of loose folds of hanging skin which not only looks awful but can cause health problems it self. You may like to look at one of my websites called loose-skin-problems.blogspot.com. It may help if you are worried about this problem.
Jenifferia Jenifferia 4 years
There are so many more things to keep in mind if your goal is weight loss. I can say from experience that if you don’t have the mindset to actually lose the weight, nothing will help you. I personally can’t count how many times I asked myself how I could lose my weight. I was just wasting my time talking and never acting. Actually I tried a lot of crappy diet plans and fake fat loss pills that did nothing for me but empty my wallet. I eventually came across one easy and natural method and decided to try it out http://easyfreediet.weebly.com To be fair, it didn’t shave off 70 pounds the first week like everything else guarantees. But after 3 months passed I easily lost 120 pounds. Yes, I know, 40 pounds a month may be not too much for some people, but for me the method is very effective. Now I’m looking at my body and I feel proud and happy for the first time in my life. Of course I am still using this method to keep it that way. The most important thing to remember is you must never give up! Don’t waste your time just reading and looking for a miracle to happen. Just stick with one method for 2 -3 months to see great results. Good luck.
Lianda Lianda 4 years
Sorry Little Monster - the science SHOWS that there is a direct relationship between exercise and eating that is a physiological response. Your body changes its hormonal release to maintain homeostasis. That means if you lose weight, you WILLBE FORCED to become more lethargic- if you exercise, you'll slow down the rest of the time. This is not an opinion, it's not an option. This is how your body and all mammals bodies work. I KNOW it's so hard to break through the UNTRUE statements that has been forced upon you by the USDA and others. But it simply is not true. You gained the weight back, because you dieted. If you want to learn how to lose weight and keep it off, either read Gary Taubes book I mentioned below, or come on my website below, or @LiandaLudwig, HeartFelt Stress Relief, on FB, and learn the facts. That's why 95-98% of ALL Diets fail to keep the weight off! Your body CAN'T allow it! Learn to work WITH your body- make peace, and eat what you are meant to eat. You'll be leaner, happier and HEALTHIER!
TheLittleMonster TheLittleMonster 4 years
I lost about 30 pounds by just counting my calories and not exercising. But I put on about half the weight because it was not a long term solution. So, I also have to disagree on exercise not being a necessary component to weight loss. Do what you can even if it just means walking. Work your way up slowly. But exercise is necessary.
Lianda Lianda 4 years
Unfortunately, the information that you are giving above is like something out of "The Diet Matrix". It's the Mantra of the Diet/Medical Industry that has failed miserably, because they have ignored the reason that people get overweight- it's not from over-eating. But from eating foods that throw off their biochemistry- their insulin levels! Now, really, think about it logically- Exercise makes you HUNGRY! And although it's good for you, to lose one pound of fat 3500 calories, you'd have to run up 22 floors! But there is a way to eat as much as you want, never be hungry, and don't have to exercise. That's the Paleo eating plan. It's NOT a short time "diet" - because 95% of all diets MAKE you gain the weight back- that's simply how your body works. So please get informed. Maybe read Gary Taubes books on the SCIENCE and how it works. And you can find out more on my webiste: http://www.MakeItSoMindset.com
alexesq33 alexesq33 4 years
I totally DISAGREE with the no exercise - unless you only have 5-8 lbs to lose, if you diet and do not exercise you'll be left with saggy loose skin and flab. BEWARE ladies!!
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