In the past, those looking to lose weight turned into the latest fad diet or extreme exercise routine; however, most now realize that lifestyle changes are a much more effective way to slim down. Does the image of someone stuck counting calories while seeing little to no results sound a bit too familiar?
Or, do you head off optimistically to the gym every day, putting in absurd amounts of time in a quest to lose weight? But no matter how much exercise you get, your weight stays the same.
Most people try fad diets at one time or another, even though they do not produce the desired results. Sadly, exercise may be important for overall health, but it won’t make your fat magically burn away. The news about weight loss, after several credible studies, is that it is achieved by making lifestyle changes. Not only could you lose up to 60 pounds this way, but you can keep the weight off as well. So how exactly is this done?
- Eating sensibly. Stop trying to confuse calories with some hard to solve mathematical equations. If your eat more than you burn off, you’ll gain weight. However, if you choose to eat healthy and lean foods, then counting calories isn’t necessary. Vegetables, fruits, fat-removed proteins and healthy grains that are eaten in moderation will fill you up.
- Exercise practically. Sometimes, all it takes is an hour of walking to lose weight. That’s all they do. There are no painful and endless reps, expensive equipment or gym memberships involved. Exercise needs to be regular, and mildly challenging to be effective.
- Strong support. It is far easier to shed fat when you have positive influences around you at all times. Conversely, if they sit around eating junk food and living a slovenly lifestyle, they will just discourage you and drag you down.
- Getting Enough Rest. If you don’t get enough sleep, your body can’t produce enough insulin. Insulin is required by the brain to regulate appetite. This is the reason why you automatically turn to junk food when you are over-tired. Insulin regulates your metabolism, so when you get proper sleep you also have the energy to stick to your daily exercise routine.
- Keeping a Log. The best and most effective tool in your weight loss arsenal is journaling. Keep track of your eating habits, the amount of exercise, and what results you are seeing if you are truly interested in success. When you make a mistake or slip up, your journal will be there to help you get back on track and make adjustments so you will not regain the weight you have worked so hard to lose. If certain times and situations make it harder to eat right and get exercise, you’ll see evidence in your records. If you are not sure how this strategy will work for you, keep in mind that those who keep up with it lose quite a bit more weight than other people. Food journals hold you accountable for what you put into your body.
When you change your lifestyle you lose weight, gain a better quality of life, and overall feel happier and more positive about every aspect of you! Such efforts will help you lose weight and are worth trying. If you want to lose weight, you have to face reality. And reality says that a lifestyle change is the only thing that works.