Read the Labels on Food

It is definitely in your interest to know what goes into the food that you eat.

This article looks at one of the really important things you should be doing every time you walk around the supermarket to do your weekly shopping. That is if you really want to not just lose weight but improve your health at the same time. They, after all should be synonymous with each other.

It wasn’t all that long ago when foods standards agencies made sweeping changes to the packaged food that we buy by forcing manufacturers to put nutritional information as well as a full list of ingredients on the packaging of foods. This enabled shoppers to discern exactly what they were buying. That way they could make informed decisions on whether to buy a product or not based on the nutritional and additive information provided.

In some ways this was good for consumers and the industry both, as it gave the industry indicators on what consumers were prepared to put up with and for consumers. From a weight loss point of view, this is also very useful in understanding which foods are more likely to cause weight gain and which are not.

Yep, it’s those good old calories again, but food packaging information allows you to plan your daily calorie intake allowance more closely by following the measures set out on that packaging. Of course you have to be aware that many manufacturers will put a calorie count per set amount of the product, so that it looks a lot better. For instance, you may have a packet of food that weighs, say 2lbs, and the packaging information may quote say 200 calories per 4 ounce serving, or something like that. This tells you that you should be aware that if you eat the whole pack, you will not be consuming a mere 200 calories, but eight times that amount, which is closer to 1,600 calories!

So if you are serious about losing weight and if you are reading this you most probably are, then you should read the labels on food before you buy. And if you do buy, then be sure to use the information on that label to work out how many calories each packaged food item will provide per serving and make sure you get it right!

Set Realistic Goals

Setting goals is a part of moving forward and improving our lives. This article takes a look at the goals you set for losing weight and how by setting realistic ones, you vastly improve your chances of achieving them as well as making it far more certain that you will not feel like giving up part way through the program.

Weight Loss Goals

It’s a well known fact that when you set unrealistic goals in any area of your life, you are going to at best struggle to achieve them. But what’s more worrying is that you are far more likely to fail to achieve them or even make a partial achievement.

This is because we’re programmed to take things one step at a time. That means that by taking one step and completing it successfully, we are then able to easily go on to take the next step and so on and so forth.

The same thing applies to losing weight. Its an awful thing to be confronted by a massive goal that seems way to impossible to attain, yet so many people do exactly that when they set about putting themselves on a weight loss plan of some kind and set themselves the goal of losing a huge amount of weight in a relatively short space of time. As a hypnotherapist, I see this kind of thing all the time with clients who come to me and want to lose weight but can’t believe they failed to lose anything even though they had set themselves the target to lose say 20 pounds in four weeks.

That might seem achievable on paper, but when you confront it head on, it seems like a massive mountain to scale so what often happens is that people with that kind of goal to aim for they give up almost before they even get started. It’s natural to feel that way because no one wants to take on a huge undertaking.

It’s far easier to break something down like that into smaller chunks that are more readily acceptable. When you set a goal to lose, say six pounds in four weeks, that’s much more doable because it only means dropping one and a half pounds each week. That’s very achievable and when faced with something that seems easy to do, people are far more likely to do it.

So if you’re setting yourself a goal that you feel is too great and you feel maybe you are going to struggle to achieve it, the best thing to do is to halve that goal. Then reassess your chances of making it work. If it still seems too much to handle, then halve it again! You’ll get to a stage where you will have a much lower aim that you know you can achieve without knocking yourself out, and you’ll surprise yourself by doing it with ease. Then just set the same goal again and get to working on that afterwards.

After all, there really isn’t an authoritarian time limit on how fast you should lose weight. It’s personal and it must be something you know you can do for yourself.