Diet and losing weight can be a daunting task. We’re all impatient when it comes to weight loss.
Body fat can’t all be lost in a few days and expert opinion suggests weight loss of between 2 – 3 pounds a week is a sensible and safe target. Depending on your current situation and how much weight you feel you need to lose will obviously affect the amount of time it takes to reach your goal.
Where to begin
The best place to begin is to get some good and sound advice in the form of a diet / weight loss plan. Starting a diet already having an understanding of what is realistic and what isn’t is going keep you on track and motivated. Without this it’s far too easy to set your goals too high and start to feel as though your efforts aren’t paying off a few weeks down the line.
Consistent weight loss of a few pounds per week over longer periods is the best way forward. Trying to lose the weight too fast will usually end in failure and a return to your starting weight. Besides being ineffective, fast weight loss through starvation or unbalanced diets is not healthy and although you may see the weight dropping off fast at first, keeping it off is going to be hard.
The types of foods we eat are usually a major factor in weight gain. This isn’t just about food groups, the carbs, fats and proteins. I’m talking about the proportions of these in your diet. It’s easy to be eating foods you think are healthy in large quantities and not realising how many calories you are actually consuming. A healthy and balanced diet is always going to be beneficial in losing weight.
Exercise is great and will assist in losing weight. This isn’t to say that you need to rush out and join a gym or get up at 6am to go out running. Small steps at a time just as you intend to lose the weight, slowly increase the amount of exercise you take. As your weight reduces you should have more energy and enthusiasm to take more exercise, which can take many forms. If at present you don’t take any exercise at all, then any change in your daily routine which involves you either walking somewhere you normally drive, taking the stairs and not the elevator, or a few simple exercise each morning at home, is going to count and burn a few calories. The important thing to note is, yes exercise is going to help but don’t get too concerned about it and let that put you off trying to lose weight. Concentrate on the gradual weight loss and slowly increase the exercise as the pounds start to drop.
Avoid fad diets; don’t get sucked in by ridiculous claims of fast weight loss.
Losing weight doesn’t have to be dull. It doesn’t mean you can never eat out again! It doesn’t mean hours in the gym or aerobics classes everyday.
What losing weight is about is, you looking better, feeling better and enjoying life the way it should be. More energy when spending time with the kids. More confidence for that special occasion. No more of those unkind remarks about you, behind your back. Whatever it is to you, losing weight is going to make a difference to you and your life.