ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Helpful Tips On trying To Lose Weight

Updated on April 7, 2013


A recent survey shows that over 63% of Americans are considered obese or overweight. This is an alarming trend considering all the negativity media, and news has given to this subject. Even with all the adverse health affects concerning this type of lifestyle, it seems were eating more than ever and more Americans are getting more overweight.

What You Can Do.

If you are seriously overweight, it can seem like an impossible goal to get back into shape. But with hard work, (yes its hard work and not easy otherwise everyone would be super fit, and in shape), It can be done and has been done. So you’re not alone. Today there are more tools at your disposal than ever before, which will make it easier for you to achieve your weight loss goals. So be positive, picture yourself at your ideal weight and have an open mind that it will be hard work. If you persevere the rewards will be tenfold. Here are few tips to help you get started and headed in the right direction.

  • Write down your weight loss goals - Write down on a piece of paper right now. “I will achieve my weight loss goal of (whatever your goal weight is) and failure is not an option”. Put it on your refrigerator, on your bedroom wall, or somewhere where you can see it everyday. This will help you stay positive and also make you accountable to yourself.
  • Take photos of yourself in your present condition - Take a front, side, and back photos of yourself and look at it. Would you want someone to see these photos? Not only that, but when you lose weight you’ll have a before and after picture of yourself, that not only you can show people, but you can use it as a tool and motivator for your weight loss.
  • Start a journal - Write down your starting weight right when you begin and keep an accurate account of your weight loss. Keep track of what you eat every day. This is extremely important, and it will help you refine your diet until you get it right. A good way to do this is with apps. There are thousands of apps out there that help you track what you eat along with how many carbohydrates you eat or how much fat you consume in a day.
  • Start slow - Take baby steps and realize it’s a journey not a race. Be enthusiastic about your weight loss, but also realize that it’s not going to happen overnight, especially if you have a lot of weight to lose.
  • Learn about nutrition - Learn about carbohydrates, fats, proteins etc. This is important; because you need learn how to eat differently to help you lose weight.
  • Declare war on your body - You didn’t get like this overnight and clearly your body has been winning the war up until this point. But no more, you’re in control now and refuse to let your body and mind to get control of you. It’s time for battle.
  • Learn what foods to eat - Think like this: If it doesn’t grow out of the ground, or come from an animal don’t eat it. This is just a general rule that you should follow, and a good place to start. If you follow this you will lose weight.
  • Eat a lot - Ok I know what your thinking this guy is crazy right? I mean eat 5 or 6 small nutrition packed meals a day. Not only will it keep you from feeling hungry, but will also help speed up your metabolism which will be important when you’re trying to burn calories.
  • Start an exercise regimen - Ok, you knew this one was coming. When losing weight, diet and exercise go hand in hand. You can’t have one without the other. You need to do both if you really want to kick your weight loss into high gear. The skies the limit here. You can join a gym, which is a good place to start. You can walk, bike, join a karate class, or play tennis. Just do something to get your heart rate going. Whatever you do get moving. A good place to start is: cardio 4 or 5 times a week. And a total body workout 3 times a week. Just take a day off between each of these. Many gyms have circuit training which means basically you train every body part with at least one resistance exercise. Make sure you can do at least ten reps per exercise. If you can’t lower the weight, then go from there.
  • Drink water and stay hydrated - Drink water all day long especially during exercise, even if you don’t feel thirsty. This will help you not to become dehydrated. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty before you drink water.
  • Find other people who are going through the same thing as you - Learn from other people, and ask what they did to lose weight. Get tips from people who have done it. Not only having support from other people will help you, but seeing there results will help motivate you.
  • Start with small goals - I like to think of it in blocks. Try losing 20 pounds first and then within those twenty pounds set smaller goals. Look at it like this, “lose one pound at a time”. Focus only on that 20 pounds first, and don’t look any further. Then after you lose those twenty pounds set another goal for twenty more pounds. Concentrate on the small goals and steps first. Then move on to the next step.
  • Allow your self a few cheat meals once a while - You’ll need a break once in while. Remember if you lose twenty pounds. It will not come back all at once, it takes time. Just remember this, if you do cheat go right back on your diet the next day and you’ll be ok. The trick is to don’t get discouraged or feel guilty, but be educated about what you eat. If you fall off your horse, jump up and get right back on.
  • Don’t consume alcohol - This will slow your metabolism down and slow down your weight loss. If you want to have a drink, or are in a social situation, limit your self to one or two drinks.
  • Last but not least, think positive - You can absolutely do this. Millions of people have done this, so why can’t you?

So now you’re ready to go. These are just a few tips that I found helped me. This is a lifestyle change. A change of your eating habits that you will continue to do the rest of your life, especially if you struggle with weight on a daily basis. I too struggle with this on a daily basis, and I’ve had many set backs.

Keep pushing on and don’t let nothing stop you from achieving your weight loss goals. The good news is you can do this in your own time. This is not the end of your life, it’s the beginning, and you can still enjoy the foods you eat today, just in moderation, and remember if you have a week moment (and you will), get right back on your diet the next day. Remember this is a battle you can win. So declare war on your body and remember take it one pound at a time.

An Alarming Trend


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)