The Sensible Formula For Losing Weight
Posted by Nancy on January 21, 2011
It’s January and that means that a very large percentage of the people in this country are giving some thought to losing weight. Unfortunately that is all that a lot of people are doing – just thinking about it. For those who are serious about the need to take off some unwanted pounds, there are some tips that will make the process a lot easier to tackle.
Once you’ve made the decision, that is a good start but it’s not enough. That decision must be firmly rooted in actual intent if you are to be successful. Determination must be one of your closest allies in your weight loss journey. Keep sight of your goal whether it be to look better or to feel better or both. Congratulate yourself frequently for taking control of your life and heading in a direction that will result in a better you.
There are hundreds (if not thousands) of diets on the market, many of which are downright unhealthy. The most sensible way to shed excess pounds is the tried and true formula of eating fewer calories and expending more energy.
For those of us who love to eat it is good to know that we do not have to severely restrict our diets in order to lose weight. What we do have to do is to be more knowledgeable and sensible about our food choices. There is no reason for one to feel hungry when they can fill up on satisfying foods that are not full of empty calories such as heavily sweetened snacks and food items with an extremely high fat content. Eating a lot from the afore mentioned food groups will surely derail your best efforts and sabotage your success.
The trick is to become a bit more creative in your food choices and their preparation. Adding varied ingredients and seasonings often make the difference between food that is bland and food that makes you want to keep eating.
Hand in hand with your efforts to eat better must be your resolve to get moving. A sedentary lifestyle is an unhealthy lifestyle. You do not have to run marathons or swim 50 laps a day in order to get in enough exercise. There is a world of sports out there to be involved with and surely one or more of those would be just the right fit for you. Grab a basketball jersey and head to the gym to play a pick-up game or slip on a cycling jersey and get on your bike for a fun and exhilarating ride. Even simple walking is an excellent physical activity and one that can be done at any age. If one walks for long enough distances and/or at fast enough speeds they are certain to see some obvious improvements.
Adding some type of weight training to your program will result in even faster results. By resolving to make these necessary and worthwhile changes in your diet and exercise routine you are sure to gain amazing benefits.