Steps to Weight Loss Success
There’s more to weight loss than diet and exercise. Sure, a good balance between the two is crucial, but losing
weight is about strategy too.
Whatever strategy you choose, try to make it as realistic as possible.
Determine whether you want to lose weight and if the timing is right for you. Perhaps this is one of the most
overlooked things but one that is very crucial in determining weight loss success. It should fit within your long
Have clear and realistic goals. In your strategy, you should know the processes you need to accomplish and their
outcome goals. For instance, ‘regular exercise’ is a process, while ‘losing 10 pounds’ can be an outcome goal.
Basically, a goal should be measurable but be realistic to your self.
Take it a day at a time. One of the reasons most people fail to
lose weight is expecting too much too soon. Don’t expect overnight changes when losing weight.
Include more than six servings of fruits and vegetables in your daily meals. Apart from being loaded with
vitamins, fiber, minerals and carbs, fruits and vegetables naturally have a low calorie and fat composition.
Keep hydrated throughout the day by drinking at least 8 glasses of water. Your body will keep energized for more
physical activity, thus losing weight. You can not sustain exercises when you are not hydrated.
Avoid using fat for cooking. There are many ways you can prepare your food without frying, for instance,
stir-frying, steaming, grilling or baking. Steer clear of sautéing with cooking fat and butter.
Avoid restrictive diets. Starving your self thin is counter productive and diversionary. Besides the possible
health risks it poses, you are likely to eat more once you decide to eat again.
Increase physical activity. There’s no way you will lose weight without getting active. Ideally, 20 minutes of
cardio 3 to 4 times a week is good. You could also try moderate hiking, cycling or a new sport.
Build lean muscle. Strength training is very vital for weight loss because it increases your basal metabolic
rate. Your body will be burning calories just about anytime, even as you sleep. The ultimate goal of any weight
loss program is to burn more calories and that’s what building muscle achieves.
Take time off the weight loss program and focus on an
endurance adventure. Try backpacking, train for a marathon or anything where you can gain more strength, mentally
and physically. It is healthy not to get obsessed with losing weight, so try to divert your mind to something else
that will still keep you active.
Hire a fitness coach. If you want to stay the course of your weight loss training, get professional services.
Fitness experts and physical therapists ensure that you do the best exercises for your body to prevent injury and
most of all, to stick to what works for your body and needs.
Successful weight loss comes down to a few things: lifestyle,
healthy eating, keeping active and motivation. There is no shortcut. You should expect twists and turns but start
on a clean slate each time you fall, instead of giving up.