(StatePoint) Want to drop pounds for good and finally get fit? Losing weight may sound like an insurmountable test of will power, but you may have better success if you make small, attainable changes, as well as seek out newer solutions that can help you boost your weight loss efforts.
The experts at GSK Consumer Healthcare, the makers of the over-the-counter weight loss aid alli (R), are offering some practical ways to help you rewrite the rules of weight loss.
Exercise for Fun
You don't have to train for an ultra-marathon to reap the benefits of physical activity. If you don't enjoy exercise, you probably won't keep doing it. So, dance to your favorite playlist, explore your neighborhood on foot while listening to an interesting audiobook, or go for a bike ride.
Additionally, incorporate physical activity in your day-to-day errands and commute. Take the stairs; park in the far corner of the lot; or skip the email and stroll over to your coworker's desk.
Tracking tools, fitness apps and devices like pedometers can motivate you to move more, take more steps and burn more calories.
A Little Help
While itís important to limit certain food choices, you should be able to continue to enjoy many of your favorite foods in moderation, especially if you consider boosting your diet efforts with a weight loss aid, such as alli (R) (orlistat 60 mg capsules), which is now back in stores with improved tamper-evident packaging. When using a weight loss aid like alli (R), it is recommended to stick to lower calorie meals with approximately 15 grams of fat.
As the only FDA approved over-the-counter weight loss aid clinically proven to help boost weight loss efforts, alli (R) works in the digestive system to block about 25 percent of the fat you eat from getting absorbed making it possible to lose one extra pound for every two pounds you lose through diet and exercise Ė without sacrificing satisfying, healthy meals.
When healthy eating gets bland, it will be much harder to stick with the program, but by rewriting your favorite recipes, you donít have to miss out.
Taco Tuesday? Skip the flour tortillas and ground beef filling and go for lettuce wraps and grilled shrimp instead. Need your pizza fix? Use low-fat cheese, vegetable toppings and whole wheat crust.
You should look for healthy ways to add flavor to your meal. Ingredients such as spices, herbs, and other low-calorie options like vinegar or salsa can help reduce fat content as well as the amount of sugar and salt.
Give fruits and vegetables center stage in your diet by trying one new variety each week. Search online for interesting recipes, incorporating unfamiliar ingredients so that you never get bored.
Remember, itís ok to indulge your cravings from time to time as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Weight loss should not be about starvation or deprivation. Successful weight loss can lead to sustainable weight loss over time.
Getting in great shape doesnít need to mean a lifestyle overhaul. Look for small, effective tweaks to your menu and daily activity and consider giving your diet an extra boost with a weight loss aid.
More weight loss tips can be found at www.MyAlli.com, created by GSK Consumer Healthcare, which also sponsored the distribution of this article.
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