Now, before you get up in arms about this article, let me assure you that I am not promoting any ANNA diets or anything like that. I am not talking about losing weight to become a stick or becoming unhealthy to lose weight. Instead I am talking about losing some weight in order to become healthier and feel better.
The hardest part of losing weight is actually losing it. This is because there are so many tempting alternatives to enjoy rather than healthy foods. It is tempting to eat when out and about with friends or family and the food available is not always healthy. Then there is the hassle of exercising and finding time to actually participate in exercise. Not to mention all of the confusing and contradicting articles and products on the market. Since I am currently working on losing weight, let me tell you what I’ve been doing.
- Talk to your doctor. I cannot tell you how important this is to your health and success rate. Your doctor may request blood work and tests that can find underlying reasons as to why your weight is off and may be able to prescribe a medicine that can help return you to a healthy weight. In addition, he or she will be able to tell you if you are healthy enough for exercise and how to exercise.
- Talk to a nutritionist. Nutritionists are specialists who are able to evaluate your diet and find a way to change your diet in order to help you reach success. While it may seem like a good idea to drop your calorie intake significantly when trying to lose weight, this may not necessarily be the best thing for you to do. The nutritionist will also be able to provide you information regarding the vitamins and supplements that you should take.
- Talk to a personal trainer. I used to have a personal trainer and I plan on hiring him back. A personal trainer will teach you how to exercise better and more efficiently. In addition the personal trainer can provide you with the motivation that you need to continue with your workouts when you hit a plateau. The personal trainer will also spot you when you start working out with higher weights. Yes, women too should use weights when working out.
- Track your food and exercise online. Sparkpeople.com is a free website that offers incentives to eat healthy and work out. In addition, this website offers a wide array of healthy recipes, articles on health and dieting and also motivational pieces as well. This website has been a big help in my life. They even have mobile apps that are free to use to help you keep track of your intake while out and about.
- Be honest to yourself regarding what you eat and what you do. The biggest reason that people fail in their diets and weight loss plans is that they are not necessarily honest regarding what they have eaten and what they are doing to lose weight. Be honest about your portion sizes and be honest about how much exercise you are really doing. Otherwise, you will simply be defeating yourself.
By taking these pieces of advice I hope to lose weight and reach a healthy weight. I am not shooting for a specific dress size, or even a specific weight. Instead I am looking to feel good and look good in my own body. I want a healthy BMI, a healthy body fat ratio and a new lease on a healthy life.