It’s no secret that losing weight, for many people, is slow-going and painful. But it doesn’t need to be. The following article will outline some basic suggestions to help you reach your weight loss goals.

Keep your fat loss plans sensible. In spite of what infomercials may say, losing 50 pounds in a week isn’t possible. Whenever you set a realistic goal and meet it, it is motivation for you to set your next realistic weight loss goal. Doing otherwise only sets you up for failure and frustration. Think of weekly goals of a pound or two lost.

Here’s what a lot of people don’t do that you should do. When you start losing weight, throw away your clothes, or donate them, that are now too big for you. This helps you see how much you’ve progressed and keeps you motivated and confident going into the future.

Restaurant portion sizes are huge, and if someone sets one down in front of you while you’re hungry, even if it’s a healthy option, chances are you’re going to eat too quickly and too much. Ideally you want to take advantage of the soup / salad option that comes with your meal. This little starter will help you fill up a bit so you only eat half your entree, and then you can take the other half home for lunch the next day. Choose only clear, broth based soups and if they don’t have one that day then go with a little dinner salad and make sure to get the dressing on the side.

It’s a common perception that drinking large amounts of water will promote weight loss. Have you also heard that drinking chilled water causes your metabolic rate to increase? The coldness of the water makes your body temperature go up, increasing your metabolism.

And while we’re on the subject of water, this is the beverage you should be drinking – period – not drinks with high fructose this or that, and not drinks that are laden with caffeine. Try to weed out these unhealthy drinks and get to a point where you are only drinking water every day.

I hope you start putting these tips to use today. They are, as you have seen, very easy to implement. By applying these you will see weight loss quicker and this will keep you motivated to go all the way until you have finally reached your dream body.

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