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You might be a health buff who thinks you know everything when it comes to topics that involve weight loss and fitness. However, the following facts might be something that you still haven’t heard of or would be too outrageous for you to even believe. Here are some interesting healthy weight loss reports that you might want to include in your “weight loss fact list”.

Fact #1 Women Gain More Weight Than Men When Living Together

Your DVD collection won’t be the only thing growing if you move in with your man. Cohabiting tends to make men healthier- but women heavier. According to a recent research about the influence that live-in partners have on each other’s eating behaviors, they found that lads tend to eat more healthfully after the move, but women less so – thereby packing on the pounds. Why? Probably because women start eating more like their men. Women might compromise and buy white bread if that’s all what their partners will eat. Can’t agree on chow choices with your new roomie? Try smaller packages of the food you each like: a half-gallon of whole milk for him and a skim for her; ice cream for him, Skinny Cow pops for her.

Fact #2 Quit Meat And Gain Less Weight As You Grow Up

Move over, bacon! Quitting meat can help prevent weight gain as you grow up. A group of researchers followed the weight of nearly 22,000 meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans for 5 years. Everyone put on a few pounds, but the carnivores who gave up meat during the course of the study gained less than any other group.

It makes sense: Animal protein is full of saturated fats. And fiber-rich carbs (like whole-grain bread, fruits, and veggies) can give you an energy-burning boost because calories from complex carbs are used quickly rather than stored fat. Not ready to ban beef? Include more grains and legumes in your diet to help burn calories efficiently.

Fact #3 Calories Do Matter

A calorie is a calorie, right? Not really. Choosing foods rich in vitamins and nutrients (like fiber, protein, and complex carbs) over ones that have the same caloric content but fewer nutrients can help you lose weight: Calorie for calorie, they keep you fuller longer. Make these food swaps and tame your tummy.

  • Instead of having half a cup of corn, have 3 cups of asparagus instead. Both have 75 calories but the latter has folate, Vitamins A and K.
  • Instead of snacking on 1 oz of pretzels, have 1 large apple instead. Both snacks contain around 100 calories each but apple has fiber, potassium, and vitamin C.
  • Instead of having 5-oz of roasted chicken breast for lunch, shift to 5-oz of salmon fillet. Both would approximately account to 300 calories each, but the fish has folate, magnesium, niacin, and potassium.

Fact #4 Motivation Is Still The Key

Exercising just to trim your figure may make you exercise less. A group of researchers surveyed 59 women and found that the 26 who sweats for the sole purpose of shedding weight or toning up attended the most exercise classes. But they actually spent 40 percent less time exercising overall than women who were active because it made them feel good, was good for their health, or relieved stress. Your new mini may motivate you to initiate a workout program, but your discipline might waver if you’re driven by unrealistic expectations and you associate exercise with hatred of your body.

Our suggestion: Try combining fitness and pleasure: Watch your favorite TV series while you walk a mile or two in your treadmill or pedal a good distance in a stationary bike.

Losing weight is like pumping air in a balloon. If you put too little air, the effect is close to nothing and it’s just a waste of energy. Pumping too much air on the other hand, would cause it to burst. So, take it one step at a time and apply the tips and tricks that could help you along the way.

Alex writes about healthy ways on how to lose weight fast. He strongly believes that this should be done using natural and safe methods. All his articles are easy to follow and are based on established research and personal experience.

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