If you haven't experienced any real results before, the easy weight loss tips presented in this article, can give you the foundation needed to lose those unwanted pounds and keep them off. I've personally used these 5 simple tips to lose 72 lbs. and go from wearing a size 44 pants down to a size 36, so I know they can help almost any man get good results without resorting to any dieting gimmicks.
But before going any further, I want you to understand something I discovered that helped me: weight loss is simple, but we make the process complicated by searching & falling for short cuts and tricks. All you really need to start is knowledge of what works. The 5 tips presented in this article are simple enough for almost any guy to follow and get good results. So let's get started.
Here are your 5 easy weight loss tips for men:
1. Set Clearly Defined Goals
Set short-term and long-term goals that are clearly defined or quantified and are realistic for you to meet. For example, a goal of losing 20 pounds in 8 weeks is clearly defined, the desired amount of weight to be lost over the specified period of time is realistic and something almost any guy can attain.
An even better method is to state your goal as if it has already been accomplished. Instead of "Lose 20lbs.in 8 weeks" it would be "I've lost 20 lbs. in just 8 weeks and I look & feel great!" Whichever goal setting method you prefer, write it down and review it daily. As you reach one goal, set a new goal. It could be to cut your percentage of body fat or to maintain your new weight. When you set goals in this fashion, you will be more readily able to reach your targets.
2. Keep a Journal
You need to keep a journal to track everything you eat during the process. At a very basic level a journal gives clues about what you're doing right and where you need to make changes. This journal can also help you reach your goals. According to a study by Jack Hollis, PhD, a researcher at Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, writing down what you eat encourages you to eat fewer calories. You can set up a free journal on your computer at FitDay or at MyFitnessPal. You can also set one up on your iPhone with free apps from Lose It! or MyFitnessPal.
3. Make Small Gradual Changes In Your Diet
Make 1 or 2 small changes to your diet each week and stick with it. You know you need to give up the bad stuff, because you've read a bunch of articles, blog posts or seen interviews on how unhealthy it is to eat candy, cookies, cakes and other sweets, and to drink soda and other drinks loaded with sugar. DON'T try to do it all at once; start by slowly cutting back on candy and junk foods by replacing just 1 or 2 of those bad foods with 1 or 2 healthier foods. The pounds will shrink away without you having to do much else to make the weight loss happen. For example, if you love having a 6 piece chicken McNuggets, large fries and a medium Coke for lunch, you could replace the McNuggets & fries with a Premium Caesar Salad with Grilled chicken (no cheese) and a small Coke instead. The next week you make another change and keep it moving.
The same thing applies to the foods that you select for your nutrition plan. Choose nutritious foods that tastes good and you will experience better weight loss results than you would from eating diet foods that tastes like cardboard to you. Delicious healthy food will also help you fight cravings for junk foods.
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4. Make Your Exercise Routine Fun!
If your exercise program is something that's fun and you find it enjoyable, you will have much more weight loss success with it than you would from a workout routine that you don't enjoy. You know you need to exercise, but maybe you find the workout-at-the-gym thing boring, too expensive or a poor match to your lifestyle. So let's switch things up and choose an activity that you find fun & exciting.
Besides making it fun & exciting, make it something heart pumping that works your entire body, because whole body movements burn more calories than isolation moves and make it regular. If it has been awhile since you worked out or you're really out of shape, begin with a 20 minute workout 3x a week.
Build muscle. You lose calories based on your weight. Surprisingly enough, muscles burn calories more quickly than fat does! Work out with weights to build muscle and lose weight, and then allow your extra lean muscle mass to burn more calories for you on a long-term basis.
5. Use Smaller Plates For Easier Portion Control
Control portion size by eating from smaller plates and by leaving a little food on your plate. Make sure your plate isn't loaded to the edges; if it is, you've got too much food on there. Then make sure not to clear your plate completely. By exercising portion control like this, it will be easier for you to cut your calories. Doing this will make it easier for you to meet your weight loss goals.
Have a Healthy Breakfast in the Morning
Kick start your mornings and weight loss results by fueling your body with a healthy breakfast. Skip anything sold as "healthy" for fresh in season fruit that's low on the glycemic index, good sources of protein like whole eggs, healthy fats from raw nuts, fat fighting vegetables like broccoli and ice-cold water. Read my 5 easy healthy breakfast ideas article for tips on how to do this.
From what you've read so far, it should be clear to you that almost any guy can follow these 5 easy weight loss tips for men and get good results. They are truly simple, but very effective. If you follow them, they can make a huge difference in your weight, how you look in your clothes and how you feel about yourself.