In order to effectively lose weight, you must incorporate a few lifestyle changes as well as well as have total commitment.
Many people say they want to lose weight but saying and doing are two different things. If weight loss was easy, everyone who wanted to would be thin (or thinner). So what exactly is commitment?
Are you "dedicated to a cause" or is losing weight something you would "like" to do? Until you are committed, really committed, totally "I have to do this or else" committed, there is always the chance of pulling back and not accomplishing your goal.
If you put as much effort into your weight loss plan as you do your job or business, then there is no reason why you shouldn’t be just as successful. If you are truly dedicated to losing the extra pounds, then you must understand that this requires a few lifestyle changes. There is nothing too drastic, just small changes that will benefit you in the future because you will look and feel better.
Will you join a weight loss plan or do it on your own? What will you do for exercise and how often? What will you eat and what will you stop eating? Will you log your food? It's best to give some serious thought as to what your game plan is. If you ever tried losing weight by starving yourself, you know that simply doesn't work.
One of the most common excuses people give for not losing weight is that they are too busy:
Are these excuses or valid reasons? What happens if you really are too busy? No matter how busy you might be, you can never be too busy to lose weight - If that's what you really want. You have to approach weight loss the way you approach your business, this means:
The first task is to find time for physical activity. It is best to find activities that you enjoy doing or rotate between several different activities so that you don’t get tired of the same routine. One of the best things you can do for weight loss is walking. Walking consistently. Do you think walking is boring? You could walk the dog, you could walk with a friend, you could walk with a set of headphones on and listen to audio books, upbeat of fast music.
However, if you choose a regular exercise routine, schedule a time each day for this. It is often best to do it first thing in the morning. The great thing about doing your exercise in the morning is that it makes you feel good throughout the day and by doing it in the morning, there will be no distractions or "reasons" why you couldn't get it done. Once you get home from a long day of work, you won’t have the excuse of being too exhausted to get it done.
Do you have a friend, coworker or relative who also wants to lose weight? Tell them of your plans and ask them if they want to lose weight with you. Having a buddy is great because it helps keep you accountable and motivated. It can also be more fun that doing it solo.
Once you have established an exercise plan, it is time to change your diet. The first thing you need to do is decide what you are going to eat and replace all the junk food in your home with healthy options including fresh vegetables. You also need to plan what you are going to eat at work each day. If there are no healthy options available at work, then you need to bring your own food to work so that you can still stick to your diet. Many people have issues with snacking. You can still snack at work or home if you want. Instead of eating something sweet or fatty, opt for a fruit plate or some delicious nuts such as almonds, peanuts, or sunflower seeds. It can also help if you plan your meals a week ahead of time.
Water is an essential component in living healthy. It helps to keep your body refreshed throughout the day, and the best part of all is that it has zero calories. This means you can drink as much as you want and you will not gain a pound. We've all heard this before, try to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. You can even have a glass before each meal so that you eat less at mealtime.
One final weight loss tip is to limit your caloric intake try at least 300 calories less than before starting your weight loss plan. This is not very hard to do. It simply means paying special attention to portion size. If you generally have seconds at dinner, then try to break out of that habit. If you usually have soda with your meals, replace it with water. Don't eat your meals in front of the tv or computer. If you eat after your dinner, then chose something healthy like a fruit plate. You will be surprised to know how these simple changes can make a big difference in your weight loss efforts.
You didn't put on the extra pounds overnight and you can't lose the weight overnight. It takes time to get to where you want to be and patience is required. Some times you may follow your weight loss plan perfectly and not lose any weight or worse, gain weight. Stay committed, work your plan and focus on the goal not the obstacles. Before you know it, the weight will start coming off and people will be giving compliments to the new you. Never give up, no matter how long it takes!