Everyone is trying to get into shape, lose weight, be healthier, more fit and look great. This is all much much easier said then done. Losing weight and being fit is not a diet it’s a lifestyle change. To really stick to changes your lifestyle and be healthier and more fit you have to do it gradually and be healthier and more fit you have to do it gradually and maybe even enjoy it…..at least a little bit
The first step is to determine a diet plan for yourself. Make sure the plan you choose is practical and consistent with your lifestyle. Make sure it’s achievable. Make small changes over time instead trying to become a super model overnight :) You don’t want to become frustrated. It can take a little time to see results.
Think about being healthy as opposed to being “skinny”. Losing weight over time is best. Not only is it healthier it’s also the way to keep the weight off. It gives your body time to adjust. A fad diet is just that. It may take several pounds off quickly but more then likely you will put them right back on.
Keep a weight loss diary. This is one of the most important tools of dieting. You will be able to monitor your calorie intake but more importantly you will be able to see where you ate the food, the time of day and what your mood was. Doing this will help promote long term behavioral changes. You can study your diary and find out what
causes you to overeat or make unhealthy food choices.
Exercise- This is something many people hate to do but is very important to weight loss and a healthy life style. If you do not exercise at all start slowly. Try doing 3 thirty minutes workouts in a 7 day period when you first start and then increase. You want to get up to a minimal of 5 thirty minute workouts in a 7 day week. If thirty
minutes is too long do 3 ten minute work outs a day. Many people find this easier to do and the results are just as good.
Choose exercises that you enjoy. If you like sports you could join a team at work or see if their is a league in your neighborhood. Go to your local gym and find out what type of classes they offer. Ask a friend to walk with you. The more you enjoy it the more likely you are to stay with it. Believe it or not once you start exercising and make it a part of your routine you will begin to enjoy it. You will feel the posiitve physical benefits and the benefits to your psyche as well.
Get Support. Consider joining a weight management group. This is a great key for long term weight loss success. Receiving encouragement and support from others is a great way to keep motivated. To find a group in your area call your local hospital and see if there is a registered dietitian on staff. They often conduct weight loss programs or can point you in the right direction. You could also check with Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig or another program to see if they offer any support or resources near you.
To wrap this up always remember that your health must come first. It’s always a good idea to consult with your doctor on any weight issues you may be having. Stay away from fad diets. Not only are they unhealthy they can start you on the “yo yo” pattern of weight loss. Try to look at this as more then a diet. Consider it a lifestyle change. Make healthy changes to your lifestyle and stick to them. Once you commit to it, the weight will come off and stay off.