Step 1 – Get Motivated!
Why do you want to lose weight? We all have different reasons for wanting to be in better shape and determining exactly what is motivating us to take the first step in weight loss is one of the most important things that we can do. By knowing “why”, we will be more motivated to follow through with our healthier choices. Do we want to lose weight to look better? To fit into a piece of clothing? To be able to play with our children or grandchildren? Or is it because we want to increase our longevity and have a better quality of life? All of these are valid reasons and will help to give us the push that we need to reach our goals. Write down the reason why you want to lose weight on a piece of paper and post it somewhere where it will be seen often. Your bathroom mirror, fridge, or the dashboard of your car are great places to keep this piece of motivation. Every time that you see it, it will act as a reminder as to what your goals are and the reasons behind your healthier choices.
Step 2 – Move More!
Being active is a very important part of getting healthy and losing weight. The type of activity that we do is not as important as just including some type of activity into our lives every day. Chose something that you love to do and do it often! Dance around the house to your favorite songs while cleaning, go for a brisk, 10 minute walk after dinner, walk or ride your bike to the store instead of driving, swim, play sports, play tag with your children, just get up and move! In the beginning it may be difficult to increase your activity level but keep at it and bit by bit you will begin to see noticeable differences in both the way you look and feel.
Step 3 – Eat real food
In this day and age it is far too easy to reach for processed, packaged foods. These are the foods that are fast and convenient but are lacking in the important nutrients that our bodies need to stay healthy. These foods are filled with sodium, unhealthy fats, carbohydrates and chemicals. Plan your meals and snacks ahead of time and include foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and lean meats like poultry and fish. Choose cooking methods that use less oil, like baking instead of frying and grab an apple or an orange first before reaching for chips or a candy bar when you need a snack. By replacing some of the processed foods in our diets we will begin to lose weight, have more energy and feel healthier.
Step 4 – Stay away from gimmicks
Many people get pulled into the idea that a magic pill or a fad diet is going to be the quick and easy way to get into shape and lose the extra weight. Unfortunately, these gimmicks are usually an expensive waste of money. There is no magic cure for weight loss. It takes motivation, dedication and the long-term lifestyle changes of being active and eating healthy, real foods. A commercial may promise you fast, amazing results but without making proper changes that you can stick to for years to come, any weight that is lost will probably come right back, just as quickly as it left.
Losing weight and increasing your activity levels is one of the best things that you can do for your health. Not only will you weigh less but you will notice changes in your sleeping habits, your heart and lungs will be healthier, there will be less strain on your joints and you will decrease your risk of contracting some of the major metabolic diseases that have become all too common across the globe.
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