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By Kristy Jackson

How to lose weight and keep it off for a healthier body

Maintaining a good weight is essential for a healthy body. Losing weight and keeping it off can be difficult, but with these few tips, you will be on your way.

1. Cutting out the junk food

This can be difficult in the beginning but gets easier when less consumed. A majority of your weight gain comes from unhealthy foods, along with drinks high in sugar. Just by cutting back on this, you will see the scale numbers drop. Not only do these foods lead to weight gain, they are very unhealthy for your you. Most junk foods are loaded with chemicals, and saturated fats.

2. Cardio

Cardio is one of the best things you can do for a healthier body. First thing when you wake up, if you do your cardio on and empty stomach, it will start burning straight from your fat, leading to burning your fat the fastest. Doing cardio through out the day will keep your heart rate up and burning those calories!

3. Water, water, water

You hear this all the time. Water is a necessity for the human body and believe it or not, drinking water through out your whole day keeps you from eating as much because your body is full on it. Water keeps you hydrated, and this is essential. So try to always choose water over soda and juices.

4. Counting your calories

Many of us do not realize how much we are actually consuming on a daily basis. You can look up a calorie calculator to find out how many calories you should be consuming in a day. It is important to track because when you go over this amount, you will be gaining. Also, when you start eating less, your stomach slowly starts shrinking, meaning you will not be eating as much as you were before. (The more food you consume, the more your stomach expands.)

5. Making the right food choices

Eating leaner, low fat foods is obviously the healthier choice. Better for the body, better for maintaining a good weight. Choosing grilled chicken over fried chicken, a salad over a burger, an omelet over a biscuit, etc.

6. Do not deprive yourself

If you are craving a ice cream, or some chocolate, I am not saying to not eat it; just eat less of it. Instead of eating your whole candy bar, break a small piece off. Not eating the food you like will make it harder and miserable for you to lose weight. It is all about moderation.

7. Finding your motivation

If you are not motivated to lose weight, you are not going to lose weight. You will stick to it for a few days and then revert back to an unhealthy lifestyle. Push yourself. Have someone push you. Stick to it. This is not a fast change or a temporary one; this is an everyday lifestyle change. So get motivated and get ready to see a healthier, happier you!

Overall, as long as you stick to these steps, you will lose weight and it will stay off! It can be hard and stressful in the begging but the outcome is so worth it!

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