Before you get started on your weight loss journey, talk to your doctor and find out your body mass index (BMI) and how it measures up to a healthy weight. This will not only give you incentive but will give you an accurate starting point.
Weight loss is all about changing habits; how we think about food, portion control, the kinds of food we eat, exercise, what is considered effective exercise, our attitude, our self talk, it all comes into play. In order to change your habits, you need to understand which need to be changed. The most important habits to change right out the gate are eating and exercise habits. When it comes to food, even though we think we do, most of use lose track of what we put in our mouths and the calories add up quickly. As soon as you begin writing it down, you’ll be amazed at what you’ll actually learn about your habits. Things add up like the 2 spoonfuls of peanut butter you had on your celery sticks turning the snack from a virtually 0 calorie snack into a 200 calorie snack. Getting in tune with where you are in the beginning of your journey will help you discover what needs to change in order for you to meet our weight loss goals.
The next step is the most important. You must make a long term commitment to yourself. Changing your emotional thoughts about food as well as other eating and exercise habits, won’t happen overnight. You’ll need to make a lifetime commitment to yourself to live a healthy lifestyle which will in turn bring about the optimal quality of life that all of us deserve.
Just about any weight loss plan works and the bookshelves, retail stores and the internet are full of them, many promising instant weight loss, weight loss without exercising, drinking for weight loss, the list goes on and on. The biggest problem with most is that they typically don’t discuss long term maintenance. It’s a waste of time to follow a diet program that doesn’t discuss maintenance. Who wants to put in the effort to lose weight just to gain it all back? A successful maintenance plan should include:
Sustaining a healthy and balanced weight includes a good amount of physical activity including walking, playing with the kids, weight training and aerobic exercises.
Go Low Fat
Eat low fat foods and count calories. Make sure you’re burning of the excess calories you take in. If you eat a piece of cheesecake at lunch, burn it off at the gym tonight.
Weigh yourself and keep a food diary (at least in the beginning). People have different opinions about weighing in. Some say to do it on a daily basis, others weigh once a week.
Take the time to eat a healthy breakfast every day which will fill you up and give you the energy you need to enhance your day. Eating breakfast will also help you avoid those snack machine pitfalls.
This is a great road map for your weight loss success and developing the right habits will ensure you maintain your desired results long after you achieve them.