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How To Lose Weight Naturally While Having Fun

Updated on November 22, 2010

How To Lose Weight and Keep It Off

In order to lose weight and keep it off, you need to make a lifestyle change that is going to stick. Find something physical that you enjoy doing, like maybe dancing, and make it a regular part of your routine. Most kids enjoy playing outside and therefore stay active and lean. Become a kid again. Healthy weight loss begins with some smart choices and a changed mindset that will ensure the pounds stay off for good. No one wants a quick fix that will simply lead to a yo-yo effect of losses and gains. Not only is that unhealthy but it is very defeating. Making just small changes can impact your overall health and eventually lead to a lifestyle change that will have a huge impact. The key is getting started, one step at a time.

A healthy lifestyle does not have to be torture. Learn to play and eat right. You will find that the benefits are so extreme, you won't be able to imagine going back to your old way of life. Not only will you see gradual changes in the appearance of your body, but there will be changes in your mental attitude.

When you exercise, your body releases endorphins into the brain, which basically gives you a sense of well being or happiness. It also helps you to release tensions and frustrations so you are less likely to snap at those around you. So you can see that exercise not only affects you but everyone you come into contact with.

Of course, exercise also affects your overall health and how you feel physically. It is a powerful preventive medicine. Studies have shown that aerobic exercise fights heart disease, obesity and osteoporosis. My blood pressure was starting to consistently be high before I started my diet and exercise program. Now, my blood pressure is totally under control and I feel great!

Look Like Cheryl Burke

Cheryl Burke of Dancing With The Stars - spokeswoman for Jazzercise
Cheryl Burke of Dancing With The Stars - spokeswoman for Jazzercise

Cheryl Burke Does It Right

It is important for you to choose a fitness program that you actually enjoy. If you absolutely hate running, then don't commit to starting a running program. It will just be torture and it is almost certain you won't stick with it. There are plenty of ways to get fitness, so something out there is sure to please you.

For me, the perfect program is Jazzercise.  I'm not the only one who loves Jazzercise.  Cheryl Burke, of Dancing With The Stars, is the spokesperson for the program.  She stays in great shape from both dancing on the show and working out in jazzercise.   I also love music and I love to dance. This isn't a typical aerobics class with a lot of high kicking and set routines day after day. A Jazzercise workout changes daily. There are always new songs and new choreography. Jazzercise classes are basically a dance workout. The routines are set to popular dance music with an emphasis on core exercise. The hour long class is spent with dance routines for the first half and weight training and floor exercises the second half. The only equipment needed are free weights and an exercise mat. Occasionally an exercise ball or tube will be used. The dance and floor routines also use some kickboxing and Pilate's moves. Jazzercise is an all around, good, all body work out.

OTHER ACTIVITIES YOU MAY FIND FUN:

Kickboxing is another fun class to be involved with. It is a bit more stringent with set routines. I went to one class and there was music in the background. I found myself wanting to be a little more free with my movements. I got happy feet - probably because I am used to Jazzercise. It was a great workout though and I know a lot of people who love it. You definitely can let out some frustrations with all of the kicking and boxing of the punching bag. The only things you need to bring to this class are gloves and a mat for floor routines.

Of course you could join a gym where there is a huge variety of excercise equipment and classes. Just be careful that you have enough desire and motivation to use this equipment. Is it fun or just a task? If it is fun for you and you don't need a group of people to keep you motivated then you will probably stick with it.

Think of other things you enjoy. Biking, hiking, skiing, rollerblading - these are all great forms of exercising. When you are doing something active that you enjoy, you don't even realize that you are working out. The key is to do it regularly to stay in shape.

Just walking has tremendous benefits. Instead of always trying to find a close parking spot, purposely park far away so that you can walk. Keep your pace brisk to benefit the most. If you have the choice of stairs or the elevator, choose the stairs. Things like these don't cost a dime and will help you to squeeze in fitness.

Whatever you decide to do, make sure you enjoy it and it will be a lifestyle change. Once you start seeing the benefits, you will only want to do more. Exercise also has a surprising benefit of helping to eliminate water retention.

 

Healthy Choices When Dining Out

  1. Avoid rich creamy sauces
  2. Skip the deep fried foods which are extremely high in fat
  3. Order a cup of soup instead of a bowl. Clear soups are generally lower in calories than creamy soups.
  4. Ask for salad dressing on the side. Vinegar dressings are best.
  5. Choose entrees that are baked, broiled or roasted.
  6. Choose lean meats like fish or poultry with sauces on the side.

 

exercise equipment
exercise equipment

Lose Weight Healthy - Eat Right!

Our attitudes toward food really need to change before we can ever see the great benefits of good nutrition.

It is so easy to use food as a crutch when we are feeling down. We have a bad day and so grab a cookie. The thought process is "this tastes good, at least that will make me feel better." The sad part is that we are probably too focused on the bad day that the taste of the cookie goes unnoticed. Or worse yet, you wonder where the box of cookies even went so fast. This is an unnatural and unhealthy way to eat.

Instead we should be eating to live and enjoying every minute of it. Once you start putting away the processed foods and start eating fresh fruits and vegetables, along with whole grains and proteins, you will start to feel like a million bucks and the weight will start slipping off naturally.

The best diet plan is to eat sensible, nutritious meals in moderate proportions. Cut out processed, fatty foods that offer no nutritional value. But, do allow yourself the occasional sweet (in moderation). That way you won't overindulge at a weak moment.

Always, always, always eat breakfast. Try to eat withing the first half hour of being awake. Eating a high fiber breakfast works great for jump starting your metabolism for the day. High fiber meals are also filling and low in calories so you are less likely to overeat and gain weight.

Watch sodium intake: Just cutting out the amount of salt you take in can do wonders for your water weight loss. There is a huge link between water retention and sodium intake. Other health problems also stem from too much sodium. I had become very conscience about how much sodium was in foods when I started watching for it. Because of my blood pressure problem, I also needed to lower my sodium intake. Not only that but I suffer from migraine headaches and I am certain that foods with MSG (mono-sodium glutamate) trigger some of the headaches. Once I started using less sodium and MSG, I really started noticing a difference in my health. My blood pressure is at a normal level and I have fewer headaches. At first foods may have tasted a little bland. But now, I have learned to use different seasonings and love how my food tastes. If I go out for dinner, I can definitely notice when something is cooked with too much salt - I don't even like the taste anymore. Sodium is something we all get way too much of. You will be amazed at the difference it makes when you start to cut it out.

Drink lots of water: Drinking a lot of water keeps you from becoming dehydrated and also actually keeps you from retaining water. Your body doesn't feel like it needs to store water when it is getting enough coming in!

If you use this plan, just sit back and watch the belly fat disappear!

Combining Fitness And Nutrition - Healthy Ways To Lose Weight

When you are eating right and working out, the pounds will start to fall off. The two work together for optimal fat burning performance. It is a gradual and steady weight loss system that will stick and it is how you will lose weight naturally. This is the only way to ensure that the pounds will stay off. If you simply restrict your self from eating, you may lose weight quickly but you will also gain it back even quicker as soon as you start eating the way you had been used to.

Keep in mind that when starting anything new, like a fitness program, it will take some discipline at first. Once it becomes a habit, it will become easy. In fact, fitness will become an addiction and healthy foods will start to taste better than junk foods. The best part is that you will feel great! When that happens, you won't want to turn back to your old ways.

As much as I love to dance, it even took discipline for me to steadily go to class at first. Since I wasn't used to it, it was tiring in the beginning. All I can say is - stick with it! It gets better very quickly. Now I can't imagine my life without it.

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    • Song-Bird profile imageAUTHOR

      Renee Hanlon 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Waren! It was something I was compelled to write about because of the positive changes that I have experienced through fitness.

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      Waren E 

      9 years ago from HAS LEFT THE BUILDING............

      Great advice on fitness,thanks!

    • Song-Bird profile imageAUTHOR

      Renee Hanlon 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      Mountain biking sounds like a great workout and fun too! Do you think you will get back into it?

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      dohn121 

      9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you for the great in-depth advice! I used to teach mountain biking years ago and now wonder why I'm a bit soft in the middle. I enjoyed riding and teaching as it was not only fun but low-impact but is a deceptively vigorous cardio work out at full-speed. Great hub!

    • Song-Bird profile imageAUTHOR

      Renee Hanlon 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Ambition! I know - I was the same way. Now I amazed at how sensitive my taste buds have become to it. I definitely don't need as much anymore.

    • Ambition398 profile image

      Ambition398 

      9 years ago

      Great hub! I especially liked the part about the sodium. I know I eat way too much of it...but it just tastes so darn good! LOL

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