In case all your attempts to get the perfect body fail, it’s not a reason to give up completely on your weight-loss goals. Check if you’re guilty of the following habits that will sabotage any diet and exercise plan.
Diets are just temporary measures you take to lose some extra weight, so you shouldn’t rely fully on them. Give yourself some time to get used to one new healthy habit at a time, and then keep going.
According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a good night’s rest helps you cut down on fats, carbs, and sugars. Lack of sleep, on the contrary, makes you eat way more than usual. Experts recommend taking small bites, chewing your food thoroughly, and practicing mindful eating. It means fully concentrating on your food, savoring its smell, taste, and even texture.
Desserts won’t hurt your weight loss plan at all, so anyone with a sweet tooth can now rejoice! Of course, moderation is key here, but if you stick to a “nothing-allowed” diet, you’re actually more prone to overeating.
A food diary will be your greatest ally on the road to weight loss. If all that writing sounds too tedious for you, you can simply take pictures to see exactly what you’ve been putting in your body.
You’re convinced that going on a diet will help you lose weight. 0:41
You’re into dressings and sauces. 1:35
You punish yourself for eating “prohibited” foods. 2:25
You’re afraid of being hungry. 3:22
You stick to juices and smoothies. 4:15
You underestimate the power of sleep. 5:06
You eat fast. 5:47
You go grocery shopping on an empty stomach. 6:30
You give up desserts completely. 7:22
You think fats are the enemy. 8:02
You rely too much on exercise. 8:45
You don’t keep a food diary. 9:28
You strive for perfection. 10:12
-The only way to lose and keep off unwanted pounds is to change your lifestyle. Make it a habit to always have breakfast, move more, and choose the right restaurants.
-Dipping veggies into a sauce, even a healthy one, can significantly ruin your diet. Add those calories to your food diary and don’t forget to count them in your daily allotted intake.
-If you punish yourself every time you eat something “wrong”, you risk falling into a habit of eating in response to your failure and gaining all the weight back.
-Being hungry stimulates cell renewal, improves digestion, and even regulates your blood sugar. Plus, when you’re hungry, your body produces ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates your memory and helps fight depression.
-An orange will, in fact, satisfy your hunger longer than a glass of juice will. As for healthy smoothies, one glass actually contains anywhere from 150 to 300 calories.
-If you want to shed excess weight, you’d better take an 8-hour journey to dreamland each night.
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If the goal is to get thinner thighs, dieting doesn’t figure too strongly into the plan. The fact is that exercise is the only way to burn the fat in the upper legs and reveal the lean muscles. Unfortunately, it is possible to choose the wrong type of exercise and cause the thigh muscles to become larger and bulkier. There must be a balance between repetitions of a movement and resistance to that movement.
Resistance training that targets the thigh muscles should be avoided if one wants to achieve lean look. Elliptical, and treadmills should be avoided or have the resistance set to a minimum. Walking outdoors should only take paths that avoid uphill stretches that make have to work harder. Many repetitions at little or no resistance should be the goal.
Walking is the first choice for exercise that is designed to help one obtain thinner thighs. It is a natural movement that sequentially targets all of the muscle groups making up the leg and thigh. It also helps to strengthen the core of the body in the abs and lower back. Because resistance is low, the muscles are able to work fast without having to become stronger by adding bulk.
Those who are already in pretty good physical condition might wish to try running instead of walking in order to achieve a higher level of cardio exercise. This method works well as long as one works toward increasing distance rather than running faster. Sprinting works the same muscle groups, but tends to focus on building strength for short bursts while distance running is a program that focuses on repetitions.
The difference can be seen easily by looking at a distance or marathon runner side by side with a sprinter. The sprinter will have heavily muscled legs while the marathoner will have long, lean lines.
Dance provides many moves that can be used to fashion an excellent thigh workout. Several moves, especially those used in ballet and other traditional dance types, target very specific muscles within the leg. The movements are designed to promote trim thigh muscles as opposed to short bulky ones. One can meet with a dance instructor to learn the movements and how they should be performed to maximize results.
No matter what form of exercise program one undertakes to improve the appearance of the thighs, stretching and cooling down immediately after the workout is a must. There are several different yoga poses one can adopt as well as more dance movements and poses that promote a good stretch in the upper leg area. Stretching the muscles out and cooling them down properly will help avoid cramps and keep the muscle fibers long and supple. This will help to reduce the appearance of bulking up that can develop as the muscles become stronger.
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