“I was able to gradually pull the weight off and maintain the weight. When I started I was 195 Lbs, today I am under 155. I lost 40 lbs”
– Bernadette L.
It seems that everyone wants to lose a few pounds these days. For some people, it is losing those five or 10 pounds so that a bathing suit looks great for the summer season. For others, it is a matter of losing 50 or 100 pounds to save their lives or to improve a serious health problem.
Weight loss is a big deal. Whether you want to lose weight or you need to, you may have experienced a problem somewhere along the line. This is not uncommon. There are so many garbage fad diets or weight-loss products that flood the market and promise quick results. The only problem is, much of the time, quick weight loss is difficult to achieve. Why? Because no matter what they advertise with fancy commercials and well-known previously-fat celebrities, the weight will come off exactly the way it went on: one pound at a time. And to keep it off, you need to address the emotional components that diets never get involved with.
What is the solution? How can you effectively lose those unwanted pounds and do it fast? By resolving to make weight loss a journey. Make the process of losing weight one of replacing old behaviors with new behaviors you like better.
You may be able to lose weight fast or at least jump-start the process fast by losing two or more pounds your first week. Choose a program that suits you whether it has a fast pace or a leisurely one.
But, only you can stay on top of the goals that you have, and that means setting aside feelings and just taking action toward your goal. Remember to be patient with yourself as you embark on your new habits. Besides focusing on reducing the amount of food you take in, you want to focus on exercising. Aim to walk for 20 minutes a day the first week. Build up to 25 the next and so forth.
The key to losing weight is to burn more calories than you take in. So, you have to have both an exercise plan and an eating plan in place. Do not worry if you find you cannot stick to a regimen. Life isn’t perfect, you don’t have to be either. Be ready to make adjustments. Maybe walking is too boring for you. That is fine. Switch to biking or some other activity that makes you excited about moving and burning calories.
Choosing an eating plan that works for you is also important. Let’s just have you do what naturally thin people do: eat sparingly, only at mealtimes, and enjoy fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains. Indulge occasionally. Done’ over-do. Eat to live, don’t live to eat.
Don’t forget the water: taking in 8-10 cups a day can actually help you lose more weight, as well as takes better care of your body.
You may be able to start fast but be patient. Find what works for you. You can reach your weight loss goals. Be very happy with every success.