Those who are overweight know how hard it is to lose weight and to change habits. When you look in the mirror, your self-esteem takes a nosedive. You want to lose weight but you don’t know if you can make the effort. Food always gets in the way. It takes willpower and determination to lose weight. Here are 4 simple rules to follow:
1. Make up your mind to lose weight. If you don’t make up your mind at the very start that you are willing to change your habits, you will never develop the determination necessary to lose weight. Get help. Decide to lose weight with a friend and be accountable to each other. Share each other’s experiences. Find some healthy recipes and share them.
2. Set aside time to weigh yourself each week on the same day. Don’t weigh every day. Weight naturally varies from day to day and weighing in every day can be discouraging. If possible, weigh yourself privately without clothes to get your true weight. Remember muscle weighs more than fat, reducing your body fat can cause fluctuation on the scale. Don’t lose determination based on the scale.
3. Choose healthier foods. Quit eating fried foods and sweets. Instead of eating potato chips that just have empty calories, choose to eat a few pita chips instead. Sweets are a very common problem when it comes to weight loss and often people suffer from actual withdrawal from not eating sweets. But if you stick with it, eventually the cravings will go away and you’ll feel better and be healthier. Instead of a cupcake, eat an apple. Instead of putting sugar on your oatmeal, try a little honey and add a few chopped dates.
4. Drink water and plenty of it! At least six glasses a day are recommended, but less stress is put on the liver if you drink eight glasses. For tips on drinking water, see http://www.caloriesperhour.com/tutorial_water.php. Along with water, exercising, according to Tracey Mallett, founder of The Booty Barre, http://www.fitsugar.com/Weight-Loss-Rules-From-Trainer-34541421 at least three to five times a week will really help take the weight off.
Losing weight is not an easy task, especially if you’ve had a weight problem most of your life. The yo-yo life of losing and gaining is not uncommon for those who are overweight, but it is not healthy. By changing your diet to a healthier one, drinking plenty of water, exercising, and having support from a friend, you can change the way you look and the way you feel about yourself. Best of all, you will change your mind-set from one of living to eat to one of eating to live. Eating will not be the main focus of your life anymore. And that is what will essentially help you keep the weight off.