Weight loss requires dedication and commitment because there are no magic pills or tricks that can make the pounds disappear. In order to lose weight you need a healthy diet plan of which there are several key components; regular exercise, plenty of water, a healthy food plan and a positive attitude.
For your weight loss efforts to be successful, you must also surround yourself with people who can help and encourage you and provide support along the way. If you have a neighbor or friend who is also overweight, ask them to team up and take this journey together. If you have coworkers who are overweight, ask them to join you and create teams. Start a competition to see who can lose the most weight. A little competition never hurt anyone, but first here are some instructions to help you on your journey.
- The first thing you need to do is establish how much weight you want to lose and a timeline for losing it. Make realistic goals such as 1-2 pounds a week for six months. An unrealistic goal such as 30 pounds in 30 days may only leave you disappointed.
- Visit a doctor or a dietitian and tell them about your long-term weight loss goal. They will be able to calculate how much weight you need to lose each week in order to achieve it. They can also offer tips and advice on the healthiest ways possible to achieve your objective in the desired time.
- It is important that you learn to observe your body mass index, more commonly referred to as BMI. This is better than just knowing your body weight because BMI will let you know the appropriate weight for your particular height. The National Institute of Health website has a chart that you can visit and calculate your BMI.
- Chose an exercise program that you can stick to for the long term. There are a number of options available to suit any preference. If you like being outdoors, then you can jog in the morning or take a hike on weekends. If you like to dance, then sign up for a dance class or a belly dancing class. If you prefer something else, then do yoga or Pilates. It is important to just do something fun that will keep you motivated
- If you are not going to use a specialized diet program, you can still take tips from them to help you in your efforts. Some plans restrict protein while others restrict carbohydrates and sugars and some focus on limited amounts of starches. Read as much as you can about each diet and make sure you understand the pros and cons of the choices you make.
- Simple changes to your daily routine can play a major role in weight loss. Instead of taking the elevator at work, take the stairs. A five-minute walk to the supermarket is healthier than driving there. If you have to drive somewhere, park your car at the far side of the parking lot or few miles away from your destination and walk the rest of the journey.
- What gets measured, gets done. Record what you eat. If you have a smart phone, there are many apps and programs you can use such as Lose it!, My Fitness Pal and Spark People. If not, just use old fashioned pen and paper and write down everything you eat. It is helpful to look back and see what you've eaten, especially if your weight goes up, the journal will help you get back on track.
- Budget for your weight loss plan, if you opt for a popular program, there might be a cost to join. However, if you plan to lose weight on your own, you will need to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthy options that might cost a little more than you usually spend on junk food. If you plan to join a gym or take a dance class, you will also need to spend money so take these things into consideration. In the end, the extra money you spend will be worth it when you are successful in losing the extra pounds.