Losing weight can be very hard and complicated. It can take over your life if you let it. You can end up with your entire life revolving around losing weight and exercising and keeping it off.
Or it can be very simple and easy to do. If you go about it in an intelligent manner, then incorporating weight loss strategies and exercise into your life can be easy and even enjoyable.
It is hard to change around patterns that have been in place potentially for years. It is hard to incorporate new changes into your lifestyle. It is even harder to keep up with those changes consistently for years and years to come. But if you can incorporate healthy eating and exercise into your lifestyle, you will live a longer, happier, more active, and less painful life. And the sooner you do it, the easier it will be.
The article that I attached has some good tips for losing weight and keeping it off. I believe that the main secret to losing weight is exercising. I think that too many people want to get back to looking and feeling how they were when they 18 and they just want to change around the way they eat for a week or two and not have to do anything else. Too many people want to lose weight and get into shape without working at it and exercising. Unfortunately it just doesn’t work that way. You have to exercise to lose weight. Watching what you eat is essential to losing weight.
You also want to incorporate small changes into your diet that promote healthy eating. Something along the lines of “cut in half the amount of times you eat fast food and fried food each week”. This is a small and do-able change that should be easy to incorporate into your lifestyle. You are still able to eat fast and fried foods so you won’t feel deprived, yet you are cutting back the amount of bad foods you are eating each and every week. This will decrease the weekly amount of calories you take in. This, along with other small changes and coupled with exercise, will culminate in losing weight and feeling better. It will just take time. It took time for you to gain weight, it will take time to lose it.
The article that I attached suggests that you lose no more than 1 to 2 pounds per week. This is very important because there are many weight loss systems out there claiming that if you follow their weight loss plan then you will: loose 10 or 20 pounds in 2 weeks, get 6 pack abs in a week, in 1 week look and feel like you are 18 again, and so on. These claims are bogus and the systems WILL NOT WORK. You cannot take that much weight off that quickly without resorting to drastic measures. And if you can lose weight by utilizing those drastic measures, you won’t be able to keep up the drastic measures and soon you will return to your old patterns. Once you return to your old patterns it is only a matter of time before you gain back all of the weight you lost, and usually a little extra. It is a very realistic goal to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week. The slower you lose your weight, the longer you will keep it off.
Another tip the following article gives that I fully agree with is don’t give up your favorite foods. Just eat them in moderation. I am believe that you can eat anything while trying to lose weight and get into shape-you just can’t eat anything all of the time. If you love ribs, chicken wings, chocolate, donuts, wine, beer, or anything else, it is alright to eat those foods or drinks. Just reduce the times per week you eat or drink them. The following article recommends drinking alcohol just during the weekend. That is one way to keep your alcohol intake in check. You could also keep yourself to 1 or 2 drinks a night.
You will want to reduce foods a little more than that. A strategy that I employ is to eat healthy during the week, and then take one day during the weekend to eat whatever I want to-guilt free. Eating what you want to one day a week will keep you from feeling deprived. If you feel deprived and never get to eat your favorite foods then you will not stick with healthy eating for very long. Don’t let yourself feel deprived. It will ruin your chances of losing weight and getting into shape.
Always eat breakfast. It is a cliché that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But if you eat a good breakfast it will set your energy and metabolism levels for the rest of the day. When you wake up in the morning, if you do not eat breakfast, your body will go into a fasting or starvation state since it hasn’t eaten in 10 to 12 hours. It will store as much food as it can as fat since you haven’t eaten in half a day. It will also lower your energy levels to conserve energy. This will lower your metabolism again causing you to store energy rather than burn it off. Some studies even show that if you don’t eat in the morning, you will over eat in the evening since you will be famished by dinner time.
The one tip this article doesn’t go into is that in order to lose weight and feel better you have to exercise. Exercise is the key to burning calories. And the secret to weight loss is to take in less calories than you use. Expend more energy then you take in. Exercise is the only thing that will allow you to burn extra calories. I see a lot of people who just want to change how they eat for a week or take a pill and lose weight and feel great from it and never have to worry about it again. This does not work. You have to do some work to lose weight, you have to expend some energy and exercise. Dieting alone will not work. Maybe for a few of you it will work. But for the majority of us, we need to exercise to stay healthy, keep in shape, manage our weight by burning excess calories and stay out of pain. There is no way around it, you have to find an exercise that you can do, and do consistently.
The one tip this article makes that I don’t agree with is to chew sugarless gum. I have written about aspartame and the issues it causes in your body (I’ll attach that article to the end of this one). If gum (or anything else) is sugar free, the sweet taste has to come from somewhere. Usually it will be aspartame. It has been proven that aspartame is converted to formaldehyde in your body. This will cause an immense amount of destruction throughout your body which will result in premature aging and the exacerbation of any joint and muscle pain, and the exacerbation of any disease process you may have going on. For this reason alone I recommend using sugar, rather than a sugar substitute. Stay away from aspartame and any artificial sweeteners. They will negatively affect you and your health.
This article I attached has some good tips for losing weight and keeping it off. Weight loss will ultimately come down to you. If you are willing to put the time and effort in, you will lose weight and feel better. Pain Free Lifestyle spells it out for you on how to get into exercise and get into shape, and how to incorporate healthy eating and exercise into your lifestyle. That is the Pain Free Way.
Article on weight loss tips: http://www.webmd.com/diet/ss/slideshow-best-diet-tips-ever