65% of Americans are overweight or obese and the figures are climbing. Weight loss ranks as one of the top concerns for most people. Yet despite the many diets, weight loss plans, pills and surgery tried by the millions, the fat never stays away for too long before it’s back to the next diet fad or the surgeon’s table for another liposuction treatment.
Losing weight isn’t just a matter of eating fewer calories. If it was that simple, obesity wouldn’t be much of a problem. But food isn’t the only contributing factor that many believe it is. Eating the wrong foods and food of poor quality lead to weight gain, but so do bad habits like smoking, drinking and getting inadequate levels of sleep. A life of high stress and today’s polluted environment aggravate a weight loss program.
Weight loss isn’t easy, but if you hope to shed pounds in the quickest way possible you need to follow some guidelines that can help you win your battle with the bulge.
Stay Focused on a Weight Loss Goal
Surprisingly, few people have any concrete goals to lose weight. Without a goal in mind, they can’t stay focused enough to see results. If you know how much you expect to lose and keep that goal in mind, you’ll have more success. That goal will help give you the discipline to stay away from temptation.
Have a Consuming Reason
If your only reason for losing weight is to look good in your mirror, you don’t have enough of a reason to stay motivated. If you want to be around to watch your kids grow up to be responsible members of society, you have a worthwhile goal to shoot for. Your reason has to be stimulate your passion and give you a reason to stick to a weight loss plan until you see results.
Find a Buddy
Losing weight is hard to do on your own. To insure success, you need to associate with people who have the same goal. A circle of friends can support you in your weakest moments. Those in support groups have more success and often keep the weight off when they have a buddy system. But support doesn’t end once you’ve achieved you’ve reached your ideal weight. Your buddies can continue to support you so the weight doesn’t return.
Change Your Diet
Burgers and fries won’t help your weight problem. Switching over to a nutritious diet of high fiber and low carbohydrate foods may be all you need to start shedding pounds and do it effortlessly. Those who have gone this route often eat as much as they did before the diet, but still lost weight. If you need one good method, create a recipe file consisting of wholesome food ingredients and buy those foods instead of foods that promote high fat, high sugar and sodium.
Chasing the kids is a good way to keep active, but you’ll need to do more. Exercise is important as it helps improve circulation and eliminates those toxins that often come with unwholesome foods. Take a daily walk. Look for every opportunity to exercise even if it means taking some weights to work with you so you can exercise in your cubicle.
Ask for Assistance
Your buddies can’t always be looking over your shoulder to see that you’re preparing healthy meals at home. You’ll need a dietitian to help you tailor your meals to suit your temperament and yet achieve your weight loss goals. A fitness trainer can help keep you motivated to stay with an exercise routine. Assistance can also come from keeping abreast of new information concerning weight loss. Many dieters fail to realize that their medications may be keeping them fat. That information is vital to achieving your weight loss target.
Weight loss isn’t simple, though it’s often made to seem harder than it really is. Once you know the cause of your problem, you can implement a plan to help you lose weight quickly and safely.