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You can only lose weight for yourself—for nobody else but YOU

Updated on June 18, 2011

You are your best motivator

Why do you want to lose weight? There are many reasons: upcoming party, bathing suit season, health reasons or just to look good. All reasons are good, but only one will work for you. It has to be something you want, or it will not matter to you and failure is a definite option. You need the force and motivation to keep you eating right and exercising daily.

You are the priority. You are the only one that counts in the battle against the pounds. You can’t lose weight for a significant other, for the kids, or for the clothes that don’t fit. You only succeed for yourself.

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other” – Abraham Lincoln

If you’re still in a position to lose weight then obviously your current plan is not working. So the first step is change. Let’s start with figuring out what you need to change. Do you eat out often? Is your choice fast food restaurants or unlimited buffets? Are you getting any exercise? Do you drink a lot of soda? Learn what changes need to be made. Fast food restaurants and buffets have too much fat content, too much sugar, too much salt and the portions are too large. Soda has way too much sugar. Lack of exercise is not good for your general health. Make some changes—now.

Keep your metabolism working

You should be eating 5 to 6 small meals per day. Plan snacks into your schedule. This helps your metabolism. It keeps burning calories and burns up fats that are stored in your body.

. "Simply chewing, digesting and absorbing food kicks your metabolism into gear," says Jim White, a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. "The more frequently you eat, the more often it revs up." Conversely, missing a meal, or going too long between meals, brings your metabolism to a crawl. "Your body switches into starvation mode and your system slows down to conserve energy,"

Your body needs a certain amount of calories or energy to do normal daily functions like breathing and circulating blood. When you start to eat more calories than you need, the calories turn into fat and the fat deposits right where you don’t want it. You can increase your metabolism by exercising more, and adding weight resistance to your current program.

Reward yourself

It takes work to lose weight, but you’re worth it and more. The planning and work you have put into losing weight is an investment in you. Now you need to continue on this road and maintain your good health, great appearance, and new found energy level.

Keep exercising, watch the amount you eat, make sure you reward yourself even if it is just a pat on the back.


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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      How true. Trying to lose weight for somebody else is like fighting a losing battle. :)