WEIGHT LOSS BEGINS WITH WHAT YOU DRINK
First and foremost, people don’t realize that what they drink is the first step in
losing that first 10 pounds. In fact, most people don’t know that when they feel
hungry, they may actually be dehydrated and they are really thirsty, not hungry.
Water is remarkable as well. Over 66% of your body weight is nothing but water.
This is also why water plays an important role in weight control. So
TIP #1 is:
Drink plenty of water. It is recommended that you drink 8 glasses per day, but
that may take you some time to work up to. Your body needs a whole lot of
water. Water doesn’t just flush all the toxins out of your body, but it makes you
feel better and healthier. When you drink a lot of water you just begin to feel fit
and this is the motivation you need to lose weight.
The best thing about water is you can drink as much as you want because it has
no calories at all. When you’re drinking a lot of water, you eat less as well
because you won’t feel as though you are starving to death. Remember, if you
feel hungry, try drinking a glass of water first and you’ll realize you were probably
just dehydrated and not hungry at all.
The whole 8 glasses a day rule is really something you should strive for. The best
way to do this and to measure your water intake is to buy a jug from the drug
store or grocery store that is designed to hold exactly 8 glasses of water. These
are great weight loss tools because you can fill them up, freeze them and as it
melts throughout the day you have fresh and cold water. Or, if you don’t mind
your water room temperature you can drink it that way as well. All that matters
is that you’re getting in the water your body needs.
TIP #2: Start off your day with a fresh, clean glass of water. As soon as you get
up in the morning, drink one down. This will help your body to get going
because it won’t be fighting through dehydration. Also, after you drink a glass of
water you won’t need to eat such a large breakfast. A glass of water wakes up
all the digestive juices in your body and gets it well lubricated. You can always
have your morning coffee or tea, but be sure to have a glass of water
afterward. Caffeine dehydrates you and you want to ward off dehydration.
TIP #3: Drink a glass of water before you sit down to eat. Water will naturally
make you feel fuller so you don’t have to eat as much food.
TIP #4: Have a glass of water while you eat as well. Take a drink after each bite
and you will feel full more quickly so you can leave the table feeling satisfied
without feeling bloated. Drinking water while you eat will also help your food to
settle more quickly, which also helps you to feel full faster.
TIP #5: Do your best to stay away from soda. All sodas are sweetened with lots
of sugar. The more you can cut out of your diet the better. Also, diet soda is still
soda. It may not have as much sugar, but it has other chemicals and
components that are not good for your body either. If you drink a soda,
counteract it with a glass of water. Remember, caffeine dehydrates you as well.
Decaffeinated sodas still have caffeine in small amounts as well and just as
much sugar, so they are not much healthier either.
TIP #6: Fruit juice isn’t as healthy as most people think either. Juice actually has
a lot of sugar in it as well. If you are craving a glass of juice, drink fresh fruit juice
instead of juice that has artificial flavors and coloring. It is even better if you can
make your own fruit juice. Just be sure not to add too much sugar which adds to
the calories. Instead of drinking fruit juice, eat more fruit. Fruit provides your body
with much-needed fiber as well as vitamins.
TIP #7: Go easy on the tea and coffee. They are pretty much harmless if you
don’t add a lot of cream and sugar to them. It is the cream and sugar that
become fattening. Think of it this way, when you have a cup of coffee or tea
with cream and two cubes of sugar, you are essentially eating a piece of
chocolate cake every time. Now think of how many pieces of cake you are
eating when you have a Venti Starbucks Latte – yikes.
TIP #8: If you must have your tea and coffee, try to drink it black. Black tea or
coffee actually has health benefits to it as long as you counteract the caffeine
in your body with a nice big glass of water. Caffeine is also not good for you
because it affects functions in your body, like your metabolism.
Another type of tea that you can drink freely is green tea. Green tea has been
used as a medicine in China for over 4,000 years. It aids the digestive system
and can help ease an overly full stomach and it has been linked to a reduction
in cancer risk.
TIP #9: If you can say no to alcohol, then that is best. Alcohol beverages are
not exactly good for you, although a glass of red wine does have heart benefits,
most are just fattening. Beer is especially fattening. Cocktails are fattening
depending on what they are made of. For instance, whiskey and Coke. The
whiskey may not be fattening, but the Coke definitely is. Plus, after a few drinks,
most people get the munchies, and when you’re feeling a little inebriated and
hungry you won’t be able to make rational decisions regarding your diet and it’s
usually late at night, just before you pass out from a night of drinking, that you
overeat. The overall combination is just not a good one.
TIP #10: If you must have alcohol, try dry wine. Dry wine is better than your
sweet wines because sweet wines have more sugar! Dry wines have sugar, but
most of it has been fermented away into alcohol and from a weight gaining
perspective, dry is better.
TIP #11: Another word on coffee, that is not necessarily bad, but more
interesting than anything. Some people have reported that when they drank
black coffee before exercising, they lost more weight. There’s no scientific proof
to back this, but nutritionists believe it may be caused by the body being forced
to depend on fat for fuel. Hey, it’s worth trying if you can stand black coffee.
Just remember to drink plenty of water during your exercise!
TIP #12: Avoid drinking excessive amounts of coffee, as it desensitizes your body
to the natural fat-burning effects that caffeine has. One or two cups (if the day’s
really slow to get started) max.
EATING WELL AND LOSING THE POUNDS
Okay, when most people think about losing weight and eating, they think about
dieting. Well, unfortunately, all of the fad diets out there tend to cause people
to gain weight. Why? Because they starve them to death and the person
eventually breaks down and eats everything in sight because they are so darn
hungry. They also deprive them of the foods that they love. This is not a way to
lose weight, nor is it a way to live. You only cause yourself stress, which actually
causes you to gain weight!
So, in eating right there are a few tips that you can follow each and every day and
they’re not going to deprive you of the foods that you love, but treat those
foods as luxury items so you enjoy them that much more.
TIP #13: Eat fresh fruit and vegetables that have high water content. These are
foods like tomatoes, watermelons, cantaloupe, kiwi, grapes – you get the idea.
All of those fresh and flavorful juicy fruits and veggies are good for you. These
items contain about 90 to 95% water, so you can eat a lot of these and they will
fill you up without adding on the pounds.
TIP #14: Eat fresh fruit instead of processed fruit. Anything that is processed as
more sugar. Processed and canned fruits also do not have as much fiber as
TIP #15: Increase your fiber intake as much as you can. This usually means
eating more fruits and veggies.
TIP #16: Veggies are your friends when it comes to shedding pounds. There are
tons of options here and you may even want to try some you haven’t had in the
past. The leafy green varieties are the best and you always want to work in a
salad when you can. Salads are packed with nutrients as long as you don’t pour
too much dressing on and load them with too much cheese. The leafy greens
also have a lot of natural water.
TIP #17: Be intelligent about what you eat. Don’t eat just to eat. Animals eat on
instinct; people eat when they know their body really needs it. Don’t be an
TIP #18: Watch everything you consume from the food itself to what you top it
with. Garnishments and condiments can sabotage a healthy meal because
they are typically high in fat.
TIP #19: Get a handle on the sweet tooth. This doesn’t mean you can’t have
your sweets; just don’t eat them as a meal. Always remember that these sweets
end up adding to an area that you don’t want them to add to. Don’t deprive
yourself either though, because then you’ll eat twice as many as you should.
TIP #20: Set meal times and stick to them. Try to have your meals at specific
times and eat them at that time. An eating pattern will help you to control what
you eat and when you eat it. Also, it really is better to have 5 small meals a day
rather than just one or two huge meals. Just eating once a day makes your
body feel as though it is starving, which packs on fat instead of using it as fuel.
Also, don’t wait until you starving to eat. This only makes you overeat until
TIP #21: Eat only when you are hungry. Be sure to drink a glass of water first to
determine if you really are hungry or if you are really thirsty. Many people have
the tendency to eat when they see food. It doesn’t mean they are hungry; they
just want to eat it. Don’t eat anything you’re offered unless you really are
hungry. If you feel you must eat it out of being polite, just nibble, don’t have a
TIP #22: Try not to snack between meals, but if you must have a snack make
sure it is a healthy one. If you travel a lot try to find healthy snacks and not junk
TIP #23: Veggies make great snacks. They can get you through the hunger
pangs if you are having them. Carrots are great because they satisfy hunger
and are packed with nutrients.
TIP #24: Counting calories is a good idea for those must-have food items. If it is
a packaged food item, then it will have the calories on the packaging. Be sure
to pay attention to serving sizes in terms of calories as well. An Otis Spunkmeyer
muffin is intended to be two servings, so you have to double the calories listed.
This is where food producers get tricky and you can’t fall into their trap.
TIP #25: Work off the extra calories by the end of the week. If you feel you have
splurged too much this week, be sure to get to the gym or go walking a little
longer to work off those extra calories you have consumed.
TIP #26: Stay away from all things fried. If it is breaded, it is better that it is
baked. Fried foods are immersed in fat and oil. Even after the excess has oil has
been drained away, there is still oil absorbed into the food item itself.
TIP #27: Don’t skip meals. You should have, at the very least, three meals a day,
but preferably five small meals. This will keep you from getting hungry during the
day and overeating out of starvation.
TIP #28: Just like fruits, fresh vegetables are better than those that are canned.
It is even better if you can eat your veggies raw. When you cook them, you
cook away the nutrients. If you must cook them, try to boil them to the point
that there is still some crispness to them. Also, don’t soak them in butter. If you
can buy organic and pesticide-free veggies, that is even better.
TIP #29: Don’t eat more than one egg per day. It is best if you can reduce your
egg intake to three a week.
TIP #30: Chocolates should be treated as luxury items. Buy the good stuff and
only eat them every once in a while. If you really savor each morsel, you’ll
experience that much more joy in eating them and they will taste even better.
TIP #31: Eat foods from all of the food groups each day. This is a great way to
ensure you are getting all the nutrients your body needs and it helps to ward off
any diet deficiencies. Also, don’t eat the same foods all the time. Experiment so
that you don’t get bored with the same old diet.
TIP #32: Try to eat breakfast within an hour of waking up. This is the best way to
give your body the jumpstart it needs. Don’t wait until you are really hungry.
Breakfast is important, but you don’t need to stuff yourself. The idea is that
you’re breaking the fast from not easting all night.
TIP #33: Your diet should include all aspects of the food groups including
carbohydrates. In fact, your diet needs to be about 50-55% carbs. Carbs are a
great source of energy. Those diets that prohibit carbohydrates are actually
harming you and only making you crave them that much more. Your diet
should cause you to be deficient in anything.
TIP #34: Proteins should make up only 25-30% of your diet. Far too much
emphasis is put on meat as the main part of your meal. In actuality, it should be
considered more of a side dish rather than the main course.
TIP #35: Fats should make up 15-20% of your meal. This is really all the fat your
body needs. A lot of this is going to be in your diet in the form of cream, sugar, and the like.
TIP #36: Eat more white meat than red meat. White meat includes chicken, fish
, and some other fowl. Red meat includes beef and pork.
TIP #37: Try to go as vegetarian as you can. This really is a healthier lifestyle,
even if you can’t cut meat out completely. The more fruits and veggies you can
eat the better. The more meat you cut out, the more fat you can cut out of
your diet as well. However, protein is important, so be certain that your option
allows you to maintain good protein levels.
TIP #38: White bread is good, but high fiber multigrain breads are much better.
These pieces of bread are another way to add more fiber to your diet and they also
have a good protein level.
TIP #39: Pork does not assist in weight loss in any way. The less pork you eat, the
better off you will be when trying to lose weight. Pork has a high-fat content
and includes food items such as bacon, ham, and sausage.
TIP #40: Limit your sugar intake as much as possible. If you must have sweetener
in your coffee and tea, try to find an artificial sweetener that you don’t mind the
taste of. However, these things are not all that healthy either and should be
limited as well.
TIP #41: Try grazing five to six times a day. These are those small meals we
discussed earlier. Some people lose weight better when they never feel hungry
and grazing on healthy food items can do this for you. Plus, it keeps your
metabolism working, which will burn fat naturally.
TIP #42: Don’t worry about cheating, but don’t cheat for a meal. Eat sweets
and your favorite cheat food for the flavor only. If you want dessert after dinner,
share one with the whole family. You’ll get the flavor, but not the pounds.
TIP #43: Watch your fat intake. Each fat gram is 9 calories. If you know your
total calories then you can figure the amount of fat in those items.
TIP #44: Take it easy on the salt and try to cut what you use in half. Salt is one of
the main causes of obesity.
LOSE WEIGHT BY CHANGING HOW YOU COOK
Here are a few tips that will help you to lose those first ten pounds by simply
changing how you prepare your food. How food is cooked has just as much to
do with how healthy it is or is not.
TIP #45: Instead of frying in oil or fat, try baking those items instead. Baking does
not require all the fat and oil that frying requires and your food is not soaking in
those substances while it cooks.
TIP #46: Use non-stick frying pan spray so you don’t use oil. Also, pans that are
non-stick don’t require as much if any oil.
TIP #47: Boil vegetables instead of cooking them. You can also steam them, as
this is probably the healthiest way to eat foods like cabbages, cauliflower,
broccoli and carrots.
TIP #48: Be leery of no-fat and low-fat food items. There are many of these food
items on the market, but they are not exactly healthy. Many of these food items
use some sort of chemical or carbohydrate to sweeten them so that they taste
better. However, the body turns these chemicals and carbohydrates into sugar
in the body, which means they are still getting turned into fat.
TIP #49: Don’t fall victim to crash diets. These are bad for you and do more
harm than good in the long run. The short-term results are typical that you will
lose a few pounds, but once you give them up then everything comes back
and your weight is worse the second time around. You cannot survive on a
crash diet and you eventually get to a point where you have to give it up.
TIP #50: Chew your food at least 8 to 12 times whether it is liquid food, sweets, or
ice cream. This adds saliva to the food that digests the sugar. When food isn’t
eaten properly and is just swallowed, you fill your stomach with food that isn’t
ready to be digested and it then does not yield the health benefits that you
TIP #51: When you are cooking with oil, use a good Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It is
more expensive than vegetable oil, but the health benefits are much better and
it is worth the cost. Olive oil has been associated with a reduced risk of coronary
heart disease and helps to increase the elasticity of the arterial walls which
reduces the chance of heart attack and stroke.
EXERCISING TO LOSE WEIGHT
There are two things that you must do to lose weight and one of those we have
already covered pretty extensively and is to eat right and fill your body with
good, clean water. The other thing you have to do is get your body moving.
You don’t have to purchase a gym membership to get exercise. In fact, there
are several things you can do on a daily basis that will help to kick start your
body into losing weight and there are several exercises you can do on your own
to lose weight.
TIP #52: When you begin working out, whether at home or in a gym, don’t be
discouraged if you don’t see results right away. It takes more than a week to get
your body into shape and to begin making progress. Many people make the
mistake of believing that their exercising isn’t working when it just takes a little bit
If you push your body too much when you first get started exercising you can
end up with injuries. Your bones, joints, and ligaments are not prepared for the
exertion you are putting on them. Don’t think that if you really push yourself hard
for a few workouts that you’ll lose money, unfortunately, the body doesn’t work
this way. Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to exercising.
TIP #53: Check your weight when you start exercising but don’t use it as a guide
to how much weight you are losing. Your weight fluctuates throughout the day.
If you check your weight every day, you may only end up getting discouraged.
TIP #54: The best way to know if you’re losing weight is by the fit of your clothes.
If you start to feel as though you’re floating in your clothes then you know you’re
eating and exercising is doing you some good. Another way to know if you’re
losing weight is if you can begin moving where you usually buckle your belt, of
course, tighter is better.
TIP #55: When you periodically check your weight and the fit of your clothes,
reward yourself. Buy yourself some new running shoes or a new pair of jeans.
This will help to keep you motivated as you pursue your weight loss goals.
TIP #56: Take a day off from exercising to provide your body with a chance to
rest and repair. Your body needs a day off once a week.
TIP #57: Three days of 30-minute exercise will help you to maintain your weight,
but you need at least 4 days of 30-minute exercise to begin to lose weight and 5
days a week is even better.
TIP #58: Collect information on exercise and easy things you can do from your
own home. There is tons of extensive research available on exercise and you
can choose what will assist you the most to meet your weight loss goals. Browse
the Internet or pick up some books on health and exercise from your local
bookstore or library to learn more and how to burn off the desired number of
calories you are trying to burn each week.
TIP #59: Try to find an exercise buddy. This should be someone who is as
committed to exercising and losing weight as you are. One of the advantages
of finding a committed partner is that you have someone to keep feeling
responsible to them. The knowledge that someone is waiting on you makes it
easier for you to get out of bed and go exercise with them. You wouldn’t want
to stand up your exercise buddy, would you?
TIP #60: When your body tells you it has had enough, take a break. When you
have worked out for a considerable amount of time, you will start receiving
signals from your body. This is particularly important when you are just getting
started on your exercise routine.
TIP #61: If you decide to increase the length of your workouts, do so gradually.
The same is true for the intensity of your workouts.
TIP #62: Select an exercise routine that suits your lifestyle. Everybody has a
different lifestyle and a different profession. There is no set time that you should
or should not work out. If you like to work out late before you go to bed because
it is relaxing for you then do it. If you like to work out early in the morning because
it helps you wake up then that’s great too. Some people like to work out on their
lunch break to take a break from the stress of their job or because that is the
only time they have available.
TIP #63: Don’t stand around, walk around. If you can walk around then do it.
People who are pacers are actually doing themselves a lot of good because
they are constantly moving. Pacing also helps you think.
TIP #64: Don’t sit if you can stand. If you can stand comfortably, you will burn
more calories doing so than if you were to sit.
TIP #65: Don’t lie down if you can sit. Same concept as the two above.
TIP #66: The couch and the television are an anti-weight loss. If you are inclined to
become a couch potato, don’t sit on it. In fact, if you have to, put a not so
comfortable chair in front of the television so you won’t spend so much time in
front of it. The same is true for the computer if you’re a computer junkie. Some
people have a more comfortable chair in front of their computer than they do
in front of their television. (This is, of course, if you don’t work from home and
need to work hours at a time in front of your computer because your chair is
very important then.)
TIP #67: If you have a job where you sit the whole time, stand up and stretch
every half hour or so. Most of today’s jobs are in front of a computer and require
you to sit. If you have a job like this make it a point to move every so often.
TIP #68: Walk around while you’re on the telephone. You’ll get a good workout
if it is a long conversation.
TIP #69: Use the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. These are great
conveniences, but they make us very lazy. Also, it may be quicker to take the
stairs than to wait on an elevator to open.
TIP #70: Quit smoking. Smoking does not contribute to your weight exactly, but
it does lead to erratic eating behaviors and increases caffeine dependence.
TIP #71: 10 minutes of cardio a day is good for most, you can get this by other
methods than running.
TIP #72: If you can’t run for a physical reason, then try 15 minutes of brisk walking
to keep fit.
TIP #73: You can walk anywhere if you have time. If work or the grocery store is
not far away, consider walking there or riding a bike. It may take you longer,
but you’re getting your workout in at the same time.
TIP #74: Hide the remote control from yourself. Remote controls are also evil
when it comes to losing weight. If you didn’t have a remote, you may not even
turn on the television, which means you might find more active things to do.
Get up and change the channel if you don’t have a remote or go for a walk
instead of watching TV.
TIP #75: Do your own fetching. If you need something from the kitchen, the TV
channel changed, the mail or newspaper from the driveway, walk and get it
yourself. Adding a little walking to your day will do wonders for you.
TIP #76: Walk along or climb the escalator with it or just take the stairs.
TIP #77: Walk around during commercial breaks or do simple exercises like
crunches or bending over and touching your toes. Do anything to get your
body moving more and to keep your blood pumping.
TIP #78: Turn on some music and dance. Again, the more you get moving the
better you will feel and the more weight you will lose.
TIP #79: If you take public transportation, get off a block before your stop and
walk the remainder of the way. This is a good way to squeeze in a walk before
and after work or on the way to another destination.
TIP #80: Do pelvic gyrations to get your midsection in shape. Of course, you
wouldn’t do these with anybody around, but they are a good step in getting
your body prepared for more serious stomach crunches. It is also good for the
back muscles and keeps you loose instead of tight.
TIP #81: Suck in your stomach when you walk. Walk properly, but do your best
to keep that stomach tucked in. You will soon begin to feel those muscles
TIP #82: Do breathing exercises to tone your midsection. It is amazing how
breathing properly and with your entire diaphragm can actually help to tighten
your abdominal muscles. Most people breathe way too shallow as it is and
oxygen is good for the brain.
TIP #83: Experiment with yoga. Yoga is a great way to lose weight and reduce
your stress levels. Yoga teaches you how to control your muscles and gain more
control of your individual muscles groups.
TIP #84: Lift weights. Strength training burns fatter than people give it credit.
When you work on building muscle, they begin to burn fat to fuel muscles
growth. Do be aware that when you gain muscle, your scale may not be an
accurate tool in determining weight loss because muscle weighs more than fat.
TIP #85: Massage your partner. You can exert yourself a little bit and at the
same time, you will be able to compliment them on the weight they have lost if
they have been working out with you.
TIP #86: Take the stairs two at a time instead of one at a time. This causes you to
have to exert yourself more and increases your heart rate.
TIP #87: Take your dog on a walk. Chances are that if you’re not getting
enough exercise, neither is your pet. Or, let your dog take you on a walk. For
once in his life, let him lead you where he wants to go and as fast as he wants to
get there. It could be a good workout for the both of you.
TIP #88: Join a dancing class. This could be ballroom dancing where you learn
dances like the tango, salsa or fox trot. These dances are fast paced and will
get you moving. Even slow ballroom dancing is a lot of exercise and will
definitely tone your legs. Or, you can take an aerobic dance class. How many
dancers do you know that are overweight?
TIP #89: Lean against the wall so that your face is close and then use your
hands to push your body away. Do this three or four times to stretch.
TIP #90: Swim whenever you can. Swimming is a great way to get your cardio
exercise and it’s low to no impact on your joints, which is great for people who
have osteoporosis or joint problems.
TIP #91: Try playing tennis or basketball. Playing games are a great way to get
into shape. It’s also more fun to workout with someone else in a competitive
atmosphere. You will be more driven to push yourself and you’ll burn more
calories, just don’t overdo it.
TIP #92: Always start your workout with a warm up of about 5-10 minutes and
end with a cool down of 5-10 minutes. Your body needs to reach a certain
heart rate level before it will respond well to the rest of the workout.
TIP #93: Don’t carry your wireless phone or cell phone with you. If it rings, go
walk for it. There are so many conveniences in life and we always have
everything we need at our fingertips, but this is obviously bad for the waistline.
TIP #94: If you’re standing around, stretch your legs a bit by standing up on your
toes and then gradually drop to your heals. You can also flex your buttock
muscles as well, but maybe when nobody else is looking.
TIP #95: Before going to bed, undress and stare at yourself in front of the mirror.
Take note of what areas you need to improve on and what areas are your best
assets. Taking a self-inventory can keep you motivated in your workout
endeavors. Also, don’t forget to complement yourself on any new muscle tone
you may have or other improvements you’ve made.
TIP #96: Don’t slouch in your chair. Try to sit up straight and erect at all times.
Slouching is bad for your back and gives you a flabby figure. Make it a point to
always sit and stand with good posture.
TIP #97: Most people would like to target their stomachs and get rid of that area
all together. Unfortunately, we can’t spot reduce. But, one thing you can do is
a breathing exercise to help tighten those stomach muscles.
Breathe in air as strong as you can and tuck your stomach at the same time as
much as you can. Hold it for a few seconds and then slowly let it out. Don’t let it
out so fast that your belly flops out. This is not good. Try to breathe like this
whenever you think about it, about 50-60 times a day is ideal. This will help you
to lose at least an inch within 20 days or so.
TIP #98: Use a chart, such as the one below to assist you in your weight loss
endeavors. This chart shows you how many calories each of these common
exercises burn, based on 20 minutes.
TIP #99: Don’t discourage yourself from exercising and eating right by wearing
clothes that don’t fit. If you’re a medium, wear a medium. Wearing the wrong
types of clothes can make you appear larger than you really are. This includes
workout wear as well. If you wear clothes that fit now, you get to go shopping
later for smaller clothes and you can sell your slightly worn larger clothes in a
consignment shop or you can take them to Goodwill to be given to someone
who can use them.
Now that you understand how to get started, here’s a little more information on
losing weight and keeping it off and it all begins with what you eat.
Fat and weight loss is such an important aspect in our life today because we are
fatter now than we have ever been. The word “weight loss programs” will catch
the attention of anybody listening in on a conversation or watching television.
In fact, that’s one of the most popular keywords searched on the Internet today.
The main reason that we are so overweight is because of our relationship with
food. In our society, we tend to concentrate on quantity. We simply want as
much as we can get instead of the best food that we can get. Quantity always
beats out quality, when it should be exactly the opposite of that.
Once you’ve decided to lose weight, it can be difficult to determine where
exactly you should get started. If you have a strong resolve to get going and to
lose weight, it is possible. You just have to figure out how to say “no.”
Everybody is different. You’re not going to find another person who has the
same metabolism as you or who burns fat the same way as you. You may
weigh exactly the same as a person next to you, but if you both were to start an
exercise and diet program you both might not have the same results two weeks
or even a month later, even if you did everything the same exact way each
day. In saying this, it’s important to realize that not everybody utilizes food in the
same way either. What may cause one person to gain a pound may not do the
same to another. The same is true in losing weight. If you’re a married woman
and you and your husband are working out together and let’s say he gives up
soda and loses five pounds from stopping his intake of soda and you don’t lose
one pound, that shows you that you and your husband are not necessarily
going to see the same results, even if you’re eating and exercising in the exact
The bottom line is that today’s society has to work a lot harder than societies of
the past. Sixty years ago women and men were thin because they had to work.
Manual labor was a requirement or you wouldn’t be able to eat. You had to go
gather eggs from the hen house if you want eggs, you had to go milk the cows
for fresh milk and you had to plow the fields to grow your vegetables. If you
wanted beef, well you had to know a little something about fattening up a calf
and getting it butchered. That’s the way life was back then and technology has
taken away all of this manual work. So, instead we have to watch what we eat
and we have to go make ourselves exercise. If we don’t we don’t have a
reason to move half the time.
It is very important to understand that you weight loss goals are very dependent
on how much you are willing to work at it. It is the one thing in life that you have
to do manual labor to achieve if you want to see results.
Generally, people do not need to worry about weight loss until their twenties,
but with the fast food lifestyle that we live today this is not necessarily the case
anymore. Many of our children are obese because they eat too much fast food
and processed foods. When you’re grocery shopping for yourself and your
family read the ingredients of what you are eating. If you can’t pronounce it,
don’t eat it. Processed foods cause us to have cravings and cravings cause us
to gain weight. This is particularly important to understand if you are ever going
to be effective at losing weight and keeping it off.
Watching your diet alone is not going to make you lose weight though. The
proper diet has to be paired with the proper amount of exercise as well. The
solution is an exercise regiment that will give your body the exercise it needs to
burn fat and calories efficiently. If you don’t move, it’s like you’re in hibernation
and your body just packs on the pounds, particularly around your waistline.
WORKING OUT REALLY IS GOOD FOR YOU
When you think about life in the past when your sweat was caused by hard work
and the sun, it just makes you feel good all over. The sun beating down on your
shoulders and the strain on your muscles just makes you feel stronger all over.
There really is nothing better than working out – outside.
But, most people have moved to the city. The days of working on the farm are
long gone for most, however, there are a few people who still get to have that
glorious feeling of doing work and producing something that was real and keep
the pounds off while they do it. Seriously, if you think about it, how many farm
hands, cowboys and ranchers are fat? There aren’t many. Think about their
lifestyles. They get up, have a cup of coffee and breakfast, go to work, come in
for lunch, go to work, come in for dinner and then go to bed early enough to
get up in the morning and do it all over again. In the meantime, they get good
sun and fresh air and consume fresh water all day long. It truly is a healthy
lifestyle. Unfortunately, most of us work indoors, sitting down and still eat three
meals a day but have to do it so quickly you don’t even get the opportunity to
It’s a fact of life that people in the city don’t get much exercise, unless you live in
a city where you walk everywhere you go. This means you have to put your
mind to it and work at it. You have to fit fitness into your daily schedule or you’re
going to be overweight and sick. That’s just the way it is. Exercise is the best way
to control obesity, it is the best way to control stress, hypertension, cardio
vascular disease, and other lifestyle related illnesses. If you can work out outside,
even better. Your body needs as much fresh air as it can get.
CONSISTENCY IS KEY
Consistency is the most important aspect of any exercise program. If you have
a goal, then if you consistently work towards that goal, you’ll be able to reach it.
Getting started is usually easy for people. They go shopping, get some workout
clothes, buy some running shoes, and maybe a gym membership. Then, they go
and work out pretty steadily for a week or two.
But, as they go, they find it harder to keep up their routine. Their lives become
more demanding and they begin to go to the gym less and less. In other words,
their gym membership goes to waste and they just stop going.
Many people choose to work out in the evenings, but for some, this routine is
even harder to keep going. If you are not completely exhausted when you get
off from work, then this is a good time to go. But, if you cannot then you may
need to find a way to get there in the morning. It will help you to get woke up
and you’ll be able to maintain your consistency.
There is a misconception that exercise makes you tired, but that’s not necessarily
the case. It may do this to you the first few times, but as you get fit you will find
you have more energy. Couple exercise with adequate sleep, you shouldn’t
have any problem getting up in the morning and getting going. Plus, you’ll be
energized all day long, which will help you to make it through your workday
Even if you don’t have a gym membership, chances are that there is a sidewalk
outside your house and some people may even have access to a pool. Get up
a half-hour earlier, throw on the sneakers and get to walking, running, jogging, or
whatever your exercise of choice is. If you have a four-legged friend, they’ll
surely enjoy this time with you as well.