Losing weight and keeping it off can be a very difficult process and often requires lifestyle changes. There is no magic pill that makes a person skinny and not everyone is meant to be skinny in the first place. The fact is that people come in all shapes and sizes and not everyone can be that perfect size but that also doesn’t mean that you should just give up. Besides physical appearance, there is your health to think about. Obesity can contribute to diabetes, arthritis, high cholesterol, heart attacks, etc. These are all reasons to stay motivated while obtaining a healthy weight.
- Step 1 exercise control in your life
SELF CONTROL – First and foremost, to be able to lose and maintain a healthy weight, you are going to have to exercise some control in your life. This means that you are going to have to take control of a variety of factors in your life such as diet and exercise and begin implementing healthy daily routines and habits. The following steps will go further into detail on how to do this.
- Step 2 implement a healthy diet
DIET – Watch what and how much you eat. Make an effort to eat healthy and avoid fatty or fried foods, binge eating or other over eating habits. Consult with your doctor and find out what your normal daily calorie intake should be and make that your daily goal.
- Step 3 begin and maintain an exercise program
EXERCISE – Start an exercise program. Find a work out or exercise partner and join a gym or exercise at home, but get moving. Exercise will raise your metabolism which is a key factor in losing and or maintaining a healthy weight. You don’t have to be an athlete to exercise. There are many forms of exercising such as walking, jogging, weight lifting, taking a dance class, playing most any type of sport, bike riding, etc.
- Step 4 have a routine for eating, exercising and other activities
ROUTINE – Start a routine. Set aside certain times of the day for exercising, eating, and other activities. Planning your meals and snacks at a certain time may help you to avoid hunger. Having a set routine can make things a lot easier. Sometimes it can be difficult at first, for example, if you’re not used to exercising at a certain time or maybe you’re used to eating dinner early and want to set a routine of eating dinner later so you don’t get hungry at night. It may take some time to adjust but if you practice your routine daily, before long it will come as second nature to you.
- Step 5 practice healthy habits
HABITS – Practice healthy habits. Get into the habit of going to the gym, walking or riding your bike to work, or other exercise and when you snack, instead of reaching for that bag of chips and a sugary soda, start substituting the bad items you are eating with good ones. Grab a piece of fruit or some nuts, or make a snack tray with your favorite vegetables and some light or fat free dip. Once you begin practicing healthy habits, they will become easier as time goes by and become just that, a habit.