Allow me to be blunt. People, as a whole, are getting fatter. Obesity is already at epidemic levels in many countries around the world, and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. If you are overweight, then you are clearly not alone. Maybe you’re trying to lose weight right now, but feel as though you aren’t getting anywhere. Losing weight can be a hard thing to do, but the final results are well worth the effort.
This isn’t some twelve-step program, but the first step is to admit you have a weight problem. Sure, you already know you weigh more than you like, but that’s not the same thing. You have to tell yourself it’s a real problem, one you’re taking seriously, and one that you may need help with. There’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, it shows that you actually care enough about your health to take care of the problem once and for all.
All weight loss comes down to burning more calories than you take in. Chance are you have heard this already, but this time it’s going to be different. After all, if you knew this before, but still have to lose weight, then it must not have really sunk in, and that’s okay, too. So, you can either eat less, move more, or both. Doing both will give you the best results.
Now, it’s not going to be easy, but you will have to work on changing your weight loss habits. You may have some good ideas that you have tried before, and some them may have even worked…for a while. but what you’re looking for is permanent weight loss. That means lifestyle changes. Besides doesn’t that sound so much better than dieting?
Setting weight loss goals is a good start. They should be specific, and you have to believe you can reach them. If you have a big goal, such as losing one-hundred pounds, then it will help if you set smaller goals along the way; say twenty pounds at a time. You will still reach your target weight, but you will be doing it in more easily manageable stages. And the more convinced you are that you can lose a certain amount of weight, the more likely you are to actually lose it.
The next thing you need to change is how you eat. The good news is that you don’t have to give up any of your favorite foods. Depriving yourself is a sure ticket to going off of an eating plan. Instead, just try to decrease how much of the not-so-good foods you eat. Load up on fruits and veggies, whole grains, beans and lean meat. Avoid saturated and trans fats, salt and empty calories. Think about all the food you eat and buy the better choices at the grocery store so they will be on hand when you get hungry.
Exercise is one of the bad weight loss habits. What? Yep. I say exercise is bad. Not because it burns calories (which is good), but because it conjures up the wrong mental image. Just get moving. Do things you enjoy. If you enjoy working out at the gym, then go, but if you don’t…find something you’ll look forward to.