Healthy Weight Loss Tips

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Weight Loss Attitude –

Losing weight is 50 percent attitude, so you have to really want it. Unfortunately, it’s not really worth making a weight loss resolution if you’re not fully committed.  Do some serious soul-searching and find a significant and meaningful source of motivation for losing the extra weight — maybe it’s to better manage your health, be around for your kids and grandkids, feel more comfortable in your own skin, or boost your energy. The bottom line is that the motivation has to come from within YOU.

Weight Loss Goals –

Start Small.  Many times people try to take on too many changes at once and after 2 or 3 weeks, feel overwhelmed and decide it’s too hard. So, find 1 or 2 things to work on at a time.  For example, eat 2 bean-based dinners a week, or have oatmeal with almond butter for breakfast instead of sugary cereal.  After about 3 weeks, this becomes habit.  Then add another goal.

Be Specific.  Use the SMART plan for setting goals.  That is, your goals need to be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time sensitive.  It’s not enough to say ‘I want to eat more healthy food,’ it needs to be something like ‘I will eat a serving of high fiber cereal, three days a week, starting next week.’ It has to be specific, and attainable. You may be able to only do 2 days per week, or you may be able to do 4 days per week. Again, after about 3 weeks, this becomes a habit.  Then you can add another goal.

Don’t Kill Yourself.  When you’re ready to add exercise into your goals, remember your program needs to be progressive.  You need to start at a level that challenges you, but that you can manage.  Don’t base your exercise on your friend’s, who does a lot of squats, lunges, and ab work.  Progress over time to the next level. Don’t try to take on too much too soon. It’s way too easy to feel overwhelmed, discouraged, sore and want to give up.  Plus, you could also get injured.

Metabolism –

Master Your Metabolism.  Does you feel like you’re fighting your own body to lose even 1 pound — or just to maintain your current weight?  You may be abusing your endocrine system without even knowing it. We’ll talk about this in more detail in upcoming posts.

Come join me on my weight loss journey!  I’d love to have you along!

Have an awesome day!

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