There are so many weight loss programs on the Internet, TV and magazines that deciding which one to follow can be stressful. If I were to hazard a guess, you have probably gone from one diet program to another to no avail. But really you don’t need to jump from one weight loss program to another, as these tips will be all you’ll need.
1. Exercise and Diet
I know it sounds cliché, but it’s all so true. If you go on a diet and exercise, those pounds and fats will burn up. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on that new diet plan or read thousands of pages to get in shape. The same thing can be said for exercises; you don’t need to spend a lot of money.
- To begin your diet, reduce your consumption of sweets, desserts, fried foods and sweetened drinks.
- Cut down the portions of meat you consume but don’t eliminate them suddenly, so give your body time to adjust.
- Eat small meals several times a day rather than three big meals.
As for exercise, start by working out three times a week for 20 minutes. You can enroll in a gym or buy home equipment and work out at home. It’s cheaper at home, so you might want to start there.
Discipline will be essential here; the first few days will be the toughest, but once your body has become accustomed to it, you’ll actually look forward to it.
2. A Lifestyle Change is Necessary
But I have to tell you that diet and workouts will not be permanent unless you modify your lifestyle. What does it mean? It means not just eating healthy foods and working out but also becoming more active, sleep early and taking good care of yourself. It also means you have to change your outlook and be more positive. Here are some suggestions:
- Walk whenever possible rather than drive, and take the stairs rather than the elevator.
- Jog in the morning and do some warm-ups in the morning.
- Also, get out in the sun in the morning and exercise outdoors if possible. The sun will reinvigorate you.
3. Support Groups Help
I know some people like to go about their weight loss regimen alone, but often it’s better to join a support group. They can give you the support you need for those times when you stumble and fail.
4. Snap Some Before and After Pictures
This may not be enjoyable since you’re out of shape. But just do it and then take a photo of yourself once you have shed those pounds. Place those photos side by side and you have proof you achieved your goal.
5. Be Your Own Fitness Coach
This means teaching yourself how to diet, that is, learn as much about calories, fats, carbohydrates and how to stay fit as you can. You don’t need to hire a guru to do this for you, as the info is available on the Internet. In addition, there are literally thousands of forums on the web devoted to losing weight, and you can gain insights there.
6. Read Nutrition Labels
I know this isn’t easy and seems tedious, but it’s necessary. When buying food, read their nutrition label; avoid those that are high in sodium, carbohydrates, fat and calories. The best foods are those that are rich in fiber and vitamins.
Aside from the vitamins and minerals, pay close attention to the ingredients. Here’s a tip: if the ingredient name is very long and hard to pronounce, it’s likely a preservative of some sort and no good for your weight.
7. Avoid Diet Pills
There are lots of diet pills available but trust me, none of them really work. The only way to shed off those pounds is to exercise, diet and live a more active lifestyle. Even if you take some diet pills and you lose some pounds, you’ll gain them again if you don’t change your diet.
The same thing can be said about surgery that will remove the fat in your body. Even if the surgery succeeds in getting rid of all the fat, you’ll regain those pounds again if you don’t work out and eat healthy.
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- Find the Right Workouts – there are different exercise programs available, so feel free to try them and find the one that works for you. Find the sets and reps that you are comfortable with, and once they do work, increase the reps but not to the point you feel pain.
- Have Realistic Goals – don’t expect to lose 20 pounds in a week because you will be disappointed. If you can lose a couple of pounds a week, be happy. As you change your lifestyle you’ll lose weight more quickly. The key here is patience.
- Stay Away from Trans Fats and Corn Syrup – you may have heard a lot about trans fat and corn syrup, but the bottom line is that they’re bad for you. Trans fat can lead to heart disease, stroke and other fatal health problems. Many foods have removed trans fat, but some of them still use it. Also watch out for corn syrup, as it’s often used in flavored yogurt.
- It’s Your Body, Your Decision – your friends and family will offer help and advice, often conflicting. Take them into consideration but in the end, it’s your call. It’s your body and life, so don’t let others decide for you.
- Comparisons are Unhealthy – don’t compare your body to the ones you see posted on weight loss websites on the web. They will just make you feel uncomfortable and feel inferior. Just focus on losing weight and forget about the other distractions.
I have used these tips in my quest to lose weight, and while they’re not magic pills, they do work. As long as you persevere, you’ll see those pounds burn away and you have the before and after photos to prove it!