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Helpful Tips On trying To Lose Weight

Updated on April 7, 2013
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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.

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