Weight loss is desirable and can be accomplished but there are tools that can give a person an edge. These tools are not all in a physical form there are emotional and psychological tools as well. Having a great set of tools in your weight loss arsenal is the foundation for a successful program. A strong foundation will help you stay on track and pump you up when the plateau’s come. There are tools that enhance a persons weight loss efforts from the planning stage all the way through to maintenance.
When most people think of tools used in weight loss efforts their minds automatically conjurers up pictures of scales and nautilus equipment. And this would be correct because those things are considered weight loss tools but there are so many more things to add to the list. Journals are useful tools for weight loss as they give you a place to record your thought s and feelings on a day to day basis. You can also keep a food journal. Write down what you eat and how much of it. Include in this journal what you were thinking and feeling at the time that you decided to eat. A lot of people find that they eat out of boredom or emotional distress. This is useful information for any true and lasting weight loss to occur. Emotions can be a stumbling block on the road to success in this endeavor. Feelings of worthlessness, loneliness and shame will sometime drive a person to comfort food. An analyst can also be considered a tool in the fight against obesity.
There are all sorts of exercise videos and self help books about strategies for weight loss that can be considered tools. These are used along side a diet to effect weight loss. Then there are the food scales as well as the weight scale, calorie counters and progress charts. These things are used to keep track of your progress and to keep you motivated. Being able to look at where you started in relation to where you are now gives a boost to the ego and determination. And if you are not showing signs of progress you have a record to look back at and decide what worked and what didn’t.
A lot of these same weight loss tools can be found online. Here are a few ideas of the types of tools that are on the Internet and most are free.
Conversion calculators – for everything from recipes, weight, mass and body fat.
Diet and weight loss journals – keep track of foods, goals, exercise and weight
Exercise instruction – there are several sites that give step by step instructions on exercising for weight loss some even use animation.
Nutrition – there are a variety of places to get the latest information on nutrition and calories. There are sites that show proper portioning as well
Blogs and forums – check out the many blogs and forums devoted to helping you take it off
As you can see you are not alone, millions are doing the same as you and thousands are willing to share their faith, strength and hope with you.