Tweet Yourself Fit

A woman texting on her cell phone while walking down the streetDo you love to update, check-in and tweet? Well, why not use these communication tools to document your weight-loss goals? Having a good support group makes weight loss much easier, and social media is an excellent way to partner up for success. Feeling connected to a support system can be a great way to keep you motivated and share results. Lost another 5 pounds? Great! Post it so that everyone can comment with positive feedback and help push you further.

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Using social media can also help you make better choices. If you have followers that are watching for your updates, you may be less likely to eat dessert or skip a workout if it means there won’t be such positive results to post. Also, friends, fam, and followers can give you advice or tips if you find yourself in a slump.

There are also handy apps that can help you upload when on the go. Snap a photo of your meal to track your calories or tweet a 3-mile run from your phone. If you already have a known presence on Facebook be sure to regularly post updates so your friends will be in the loop (they may even join-in so you can start your own biggest loser).

Documenting your weight-loss journey online is just another form of journaling. If you want to get really advanced you can even start a blog with weigh-ins, pictures and nutrition tracking. Once you start, be sure to include all your friends and family so you can build an online community of followers and personal cheerleaders.

You can even train virtually for an upcoming event with a buddy in a different time zone, or electronically prove your bragging rights for lost pounds. Social networking your fitness life is also a means of holding yourself accountable quite publicly. So what are you waiting for? Let the world know how you’re going to rock your weight loss!

Eat More, Weigh Less

plate with a measuring tape wrapped around itI’m sure you know those people who can eat as much as they want, and still not gain weight. Or those that just by chance lose 10 pounds without even trying.

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Do you see this type of “diet” as merely a fantasy for yourself? Well, you may not be able to eat fried foods and sugary sweets and expect to lose weight a pound, but it is quite possible to do so if you eat the right foods.

Studies Show…

Obese women on a low-fat diet lose weight, but they lose more if they eat more low-calorie-density fruits, veggies, and soups. The finding comes from a year-long study based on the principles of the “Volumetrics” diet proposed by Penn State University researcher Barbara J. Rolls, PhD. Consumer Reports recently gave Volumetrics the top rating among popular diet plans. The diet cuts way back on fats, which ounce-for-ounce carry more calories, making them more calorie dense than any other food. But the study offers a big bonus: You get to eat lots of water-rich, low-density foods such as fruits, vegetables, and soups.

Be aware of your personal needs

Your resting metabolic rate can be roughly estimated by multiplying your body weight (in pounds) by 10. This is the minimum number of calories that your body needs to lose weight. Consuming fewer calories than your resting metabolism is counteractive. Your total daily needs are your resting metabolic rate plus the calories burned in everyday living and in exercise. Divide your calories evenly throughout the day so that you fuel your body every three to five hours.

*For example, a 145-pound woman’s resting metabolic rate is roughly 1450 calories. Factor in calories of everyday living and exercise, and she needs about 2000 calories to maintain her weight. 1450 calories is her minimum and 2000 calories is her maximum.

Eat more consume less

Nourish your body with quality foods that you can eat more of such as foods that are high in volume, but low in calories. This will help to fill your plate and your stomach without overdoing the calories. Load half of your plate with colorful vegetables and fruits and one-quarter of your plate with whole grains, starchy veggies or legumes. The other quarter is for a moderate portion of higher calorie protein-rich foods. Use this concept to cut calories and create balanced meals. For example:

• Add minestrone soup to a half turkey sandwich at lunch.
• Add a sliced apple to your afternoon snack to eat fewer crackers and cheese.
• Add a colorful salad to dinner and eat half your entrée

Calorie restriction and skipping meals may seem like the clear path to weight loss, and you may lose weight using these strategies, but your weight loss will be slow and frustrating. More importantly, you will lose valuable muscle mass and ultimately you are sure to regain the weight you have lost. Fuel your metabolism and nourish your body with high-quality, nutrient-dense foods to stop battling your weight and lose fat forever.