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By Martha Jette

Diet, Exercise, Water

Before undertaking a weight loss program there are a number of things to consider.

First of all, think about your expectations. Are you hoping to lose a few pounds each week or do you want to lose a lot of weight quickly? If your answer is the latter, you should re-evaluate your expectations. Janet Polivy, PhD, a psychologist at the University of Toronto in Mississauga, Ontario advises that the best thing to do is have “smaller, realistic goals.”

Your objective should be not only to look slimmer and trimmer but also be healthier. Yes, you can lose a significant amount of weight quickly but not only can you do serious damage to your body, also the weight is more likely to come back on. It is preferable to lose a few pounds each week so your body can adjust.

Weight Loss Plans

You should also consider which weight loss program is best for you. There are many diets out there such as the Grapefruit Diet , also known as the Hollywood Diet or the Mayo Diet, in which you eat a lot of protein. The two together are believed to burn fat and promote weight loss. Those who follow this diet, which allows certain other foods to be consumed, will likely lose weight because the diet itself is low on calories. However, there is no scientific proof that this diet actually works.

A bettter option to dieting by eating specific foods is to learn how to cut calories in what you already eat. Substitute certain items like sugar with honey when possible. Also cut your portion sizes, particularly for foods with high starch and carbohydrates such as bread and potatoes. With no drastic change in your current lifestyle, you are more likely to stick to it.

Cut out Fast Food

If you are going to proceed with a diet, you must cut out fast food. If it’s hamburgers you crave, stay away from McDonald’s where a ¼ pounder has 430 calories and a Big Mac, 590. Burger King’s original Whopper has an astounding 760; a double Whopper has 1,060 – nearly a day’s worth of calories! Opt instead for a homemade lean turkey burger instead and watch the add-ons.

Veggies are fine but mayonaisse and other sauces will add to the calory count quickly. The same goes for that side of fries. Rather than pay for fries cooked in grease, make them at home in the oven.


The Grapefruit Diet and others like it are not a solution in themself. You can shed the pounds but your body will not be healthily toned. The truth is that if you eat fewer calories than you burn, you will lose weight. So with any diet you chose, remember that exercise is an important part of acquiring and maintaining a healthy weight.

It is not necessary to undertake high impact exercise like you see on The Biggest Loser either. A good, brisk walk after dinner can do much to help you shed those extra pounds.

Add Water

Aside from eating healthy foods and exercising, you need to add water to the mix. If you feel hungry between meals, a glass of water will take that hunger away. It will also keep you hydrated following that after dinner walk.

You should also reduce your intake of salt, which is composed of sodium chloride. It is recommended that a healthy person consume no more than one teaspoon of salt daily. However when dieting and drinking plenty of water, the salt will retain the water in your system rather than flush it out.


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