Saturday, May 24, 2008

Need to Lose Some Weight?

Losing weight does not have to be a difficult, overwhelming task and surely should not be a process that can be a risk to your health. Follow these simple guidelines to ensure your weight loss is safe and successful!

Enlist friends and family - Individuals who have the support and encouragement of friends and families are more likely to achieve their weight loss goals. They will also provide a level of accountability for you; if you make your goals known, you will be more likely to stick with them.

What are you drinking? - You may be surprised to find out just how many calories may be hiding in the sodas, energy drinks, juices, and sports drink you gulp down each day. Replacing just one those drinks with water can reduce your caloric intake by nearly 150 calories. Drinking more water is not only essential for a healthy diet, but can help curb hunger when you start to get cravings during the day.

Think baby steps - You should start with small and simple lifestyle and dietary changes; trying to implement big and drastic changes will never work. If you gradually introduce diet changes and exercise into your daily life, you will be more likely to stick to your goals, thus resulting in successful, lasting weight loss.

Energy supplement - Taking an energy supplement while putting into practice healthier eating and daily physical activity can really boost your energy level and metabolism. As a stipulation, you should always read the labels before you start taking any supplement and always take as directed and never more than instructed.

Listen to your stomach - An easy way to start losing the weight is to stop eating when you're full! Overeating due to over-sized portions is one of the biggest factors when it comes to being overweight. Eat slowly and savor your food; doing so will allow your stomach to register with your brain that you are full. Eating too fast will only lead to overeating and possibly feeling sick as a result.

Start moving - Try out different physical activities until you find one that your really enjoy. No one ever said that exercise had to be tedious or dreadful. Dancing, hiking, biking, even brisk walking are all great ways to get exercise. Don't get stuck in the mindset that you have to be on a treadmill or in the gym to get proper and regular exercise.


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