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Talk to a handful of your friends and you will find that each of them has an opinion on the best way for you to lose weight. Sometimes that opinion is based on what they have done themselves. And sometimes it is based on things they have not done themselves, but it sounded like such a good idea that you should try it.

The internet has good and bad points for finding out information on sustainable weight loss. This is the kind of diet program that keeps the weight off once you lose it. It’s not like you have to keep losing weight forever. Once you get to where you want to be, most of the time your life has changed so much in your eating and exercising habits that you never go back. 

But you don’t keep losing weight. Instead, your body normalizes, and you become the weight that you were born to be. This is a healthy lifestyle, and you can live that way forever.

But as far your friends go, it is always good to take their advice with a grain of salt. Sometimes maybe even an entire box of salt.

But when you are looking around for places where you can begin the change to help you lose weight in a healthy way, one of the best places you can start is a bar.

Go Out Drinking – But Skip the Alcohol

Some alcoholic beverages have some carbohydrates in them. Beer, wine, mixed drinks all have calories in them in the form of carbs. On top of that, part of the food you take in is metabolized in a large part by enzymes from the liver. And the liver, as you probably recall from high school health class, also metabolizes any alcohol you drink.

Truth is, there is only so much liver capacity, and if it is busy metabolizing alcohol, it does not do such a great job at digesting food. So if you ten d to drink often, you keep your liver pretty busy with getting rid of the alcohol. And not so busy getting rid of the excess food you ate. As a result, you wind up with a spare tire hanging around your waistline for everyone to see.

To fix this state of affairs, if you are going to go out with your friends, try drinking some club soda or a fruit juice. That way your liver does not have to work overtime, and you can be your friend’s lifesaver by being the designated driver.

Another thing you can do to help lose weight is to eat. Sounds odd, but the truth is you can eat until you are full and still lose some pounds.

Concentrate your meal on low glycemic index foods.

Low GI foods are those which when you eat them do NOT produce a big spike in your blood sugar with a resulting increase in insulin.  There’s a lot of science here, but the short version is that some foods, while being perfectly delicious, tasty and nutritious do not make your blood sugar go crazy when you eat them.

They wait to get themselves digested over a period of time. This keeps your blood chemistry at an even level, and you don’t get so hungry. That means that you won’t feel so much like binging and stuffing yourself with snack an hour after you eat.

This is a good way to stick to a healthy way of eating and one of the top keys to sustainable weight loss. There are lots of lists of low GI foods online, and it might seem like there couldn’t possibly be a lot of good foods on them, but that is not the case.

Fruit like cherries, plums and peaches are low GI. Breads like whole grain rye and pumpernickel. Cereals like Special K. Vegetables like peas, corn and carrots. All these things are low glycemic index foods. You could easily eat complete meals for the rest of your life with these foods.

It just takes a little bit of learning about them, and your hard-earned weight loss can stay with you for the rest of your life.

Skipping the alcohol when you go out and learning a bit about the food you eat can go a long way towards keeping you in tip top shape and keep those pounds from returning.