According to a Gallup Poll, 56% of people want to lose weight. That’s about 6 in 10 people. There’s a good chance if you’re reading this, you’re one of them. Many people want to lose weight and lose it fast, sometimes looking for a quick fix or the latest fad diet. The problem with many of these diets is they don’t support sustained weight loss. Once off the diet, the pounds lost return. There is a basic formula for losing weight that is proven by scientific data, that not only will help you lose weight safely, but also help you maintain that weight loss. It’s simple, effective, not necessarily always easy, but with a little effort and determination, a surefire way to lose weight. Here are 3 effective weight loss tips that not only will help you lose weight, but also keep the weight off for a lifetime.
1. Reevaluate your diet. Weight loss cannot be achieved without changing your diet. Simple carbohydrates which contain white flour, including pastas, white rice, white bread, and baked goods need to be eliminated. Fruit juices, which are high in sugar, soda, as well as candy, must also be removed. Don’t panic! These tasty but unhealthy treats can be replaced with healthier, more satisfying choices. In their place will be complex carbs such as whole grain breads, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, fruits, vegetables, as well as legumes. There are countless low fat, flavorful dessert recipes that offer healthy alternatives. In the process of reevaluating your diet in order to lose weight, you will need to reeducate yourself on how to eat healthier. Rest assured, there are healthy, tasty alternatives and it’s just a matter of choosing them. This is the first step in your arsenal towards losing weight.
2. Increase your activity level. It is possible to lose weight without exercising, but you would be much better off increasing your activity level along with your new food choices. Being more active will help you burn calories and increase your metabolism. This doesn’t mean you need to start running marathons or lifting 100 pound weights, but become aware of alternatives you can make that will increase your physical activity day by day. Take the stairs rather than the elevator. Consider a 20 minute walk on your lunch hour or after dinner. Take a beginning yoga class twice a week. These are just a sample of ways to increase your activity level in order to assist with losing weight.
3. Usher in changes gradually. One of the biggest mistakes people make in their efforts to lose weight is making too big or too many changes at once. The journey of losing weight is a process, a lifestyle change. It’s a marathon not a sprint. With this in mind, go easy on yourself, introduce changes slowly. Rather than cutting out all sweets all at once, cut down to three or four times a week, or rather than walking a mile, start off with just ten minutes. The idea is to make small but effective changes that you can build upon. Remember, it is not all or nothing; it’s a bit at at time and building upon that. Add more activity each week, or eliminate an unhealthy food choice and replace it with something better.
Each of these weight loss tips can move you toward your goal of losing weight. Make a commitment and take action. Educate yourself and make informed choices. Losing weight is in your future.
An Editorial By Wendy Waring