Your meal should always be healthy and balanced. Make sure you always include fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy products in your daily diet. Your fruit can be fresh or canned. Choose vegetables with dark leaves. Buy grain products prepared using either whole grain or enriched refined grain. Meat, poultry, fish or beans can add protein to your diet. Drink non-fat or low-fat milk or consume dairy products that are low in fat. Make sure you are drinking enough water everyday. The average size person should be drinking 10 glasses of water per day. Staying well hydrated is important to keep your body functioning like it is supposed to and will help you to consume the right amount of calories for your body. If you use food as a form of fun, try finding an alternative, when trying to lose weight. Going out to eat and just eating in general, can be fun for some people, but there are plenty of other things out there that are fun. Some ideas are, volunteer work or going to the movies. In the earliest stages of your weight loss program, it is important that you set reasonable goals for yourself. Rather than simply picking an arbitrary weight as your ultimate goal, do your homework. Given your gender, height, and age, you might find that your ideal weight range is much different than what you had originally thought. This in turn could have significant bearing on your success.
If you are going to eat a salad at a restaurant and fat free or low-fat dressing is not available you should ask for the dressing on the side. That way you can dip your fork into the dressing before taking some salad and control the amount that you are consuming.
In order to lose weight it is very important to cut down on carbonated beverages. Drinking soda on a regular basis can add up to a lot of calories in the long run. Removing soda from your diet can help you trim down that belly easier. Use water as a substitute for these drinks instead.