I am constantly vigilant about weight loss…or perhaps just “my weight” in general. It is a matter with which I have had to entertain as a lifelong challenge. And, based on what I hear from of my readers, many of you have had or continue to have similar concerns.
If you have ever tried to lose weight (as most folks have), you know how difficult it can be. And, for most, falling for the “easy way to lose weight” tricks or fad diets can mean failure right out of the gate. Sure, they will lose the weight but they’re only going to see it come back on… with a vengeance. You can take that as my personal and honest testimonial about weight loss.
The reality is this: the only surefire way to lose weight is to have a sensible eating and workout plan – to make a real change in your lifestyle. It took many years, disappointments and countless fad diets for me to learn that.
Through it all, I learned how to take control of my weight situation. Actually, my doctor was so proud of me that he thought I should write a book about weight loss. I never got around to doing that. But I thought I’d write a little about what continues to be most effective for me.
Would you like to learn how to successfully lose weight without relying on those fad diets and tricks?
Topping my list for success without a doubt - hands down…is exercise. Honestly, it is one of the best ways to lose weight - as well as one of life’s best tools that I have experienced.
When you involve yourself in regular exercise, your body will experience a significant number of benefits both physically and mentally. You will have:
- Reduced chances for all kinds of diseases and cancers – physical aspects
- Decreased suffering with anxiety and depression – mental aspects
On top of all that, you’ll see a tremendous rise in your stamina and energy levels during the day. Some might assume that exercising would wear you out. That is not true. It can actually give you energy to face the rest of your day.
Develop A Schedule To Include Running
I start my day off with a good run. Create a schedule for your running and stick by it. After you’ve done it for a few weeks, it’ll become second nature and you’ll want to go running without any hesitation. In fact, you may wake up first thing in the morning and think to yourself that you’d like to go for a run.
Before this occurs though, you need to place running on your schedule and keep the commitment. In the beginning, you may try to come up with excuses as to why you don’t need to run. Stick with it though. It doesn’t matter what the weather is doing or just how busy your schedule is – running should be a part of that schedule, rain or shine.
What To Keep In Mind About Weight Loss
How many times have you gotten on the scale after exercising for several weeks and notice the scale is not budging? Well, here’s a tip you should keep in mind… ignore the scale numbers. When you exercise and eat properly and still see no “progress,” it’s usually attributed to the gaining of muscles. And, don’t forget: muscle does weigh more than fat.
So, what should you focus on if not the numbers? Instead of weight, put the attention on how your clothes fit and how your body looks. If you notice your clothes fit better, then obviously you’re doing something right. Throw the scale to the “weigh” side!
How To Ensure Your Fitness Success
If you have a real problem staying committed, establish some goals to meet. And, when you do meet them, give yourself a reward – NOT FOOD! Too often people will eat something they’ve deprived themselves of - cookies, brownies, cakes, etc. However, this can do more harm than good because you may overindulge and gain some pounds back.
Choose a more tangible goal like new clothes, book, DVD, etc. You want something that supports the efforts you have made. So, write down your goals and tack them up where you will see them every day. It doesn’t matter how big or small the achievement…just be proud of the progress you have made so far.
When you think about weight loss…remember, slow progression is the best. Slowly losing weight ensures you’re more likely to keep it off. Of course, this can only be done by developing a sensible plan that includes a serious lifestyle change. Patience is certainly a virtue if you want to taste success.
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