Losing weight can feel like an endless fight to force workouts while doing without our favorite foods, it may seem as if there is nothing painless about that.
The trick to enjoying a workout is to "never call it working out. Exercise is key to maintaining your weight loss and unbelievably it is more important than diet. If you are just beginning to lose weight, it is important to start slowly.
Begin exercise slowly and make your way slowly to a full hour. An hour or an hour and a half every day is a lot of time. It takes discipline. This has to be the highest priority because it is your health. In addition, once you see the results you will look and feel like a new person.
One-way to make exercise a daily habit is to integrate your workout into your regular life. People think they have to strap on running shoes and run a marathon to call it exercise. Think of it as physical activity into your daily lifestyle.
Structured physical activity is also important. Walking, yoga, lifting weights, biking, running, and swimming - could all be a morning exercise choice.
If you are really trying to lose weight and keep it off, work toward a goal of 60 to 90 minutes of exercise most days of the week. However, that is a lot to ask someone who is just starting out, says Thompson. If that is you, try it in 10-minute chunks of time at first -- several times a day, several days a week.
Although some people try to lose weight by cutting down on the number of meals they eat that really is not a good strategy. Skipping meals often just means that you will be starving later and wind up overeating. Starting the day with breakfast can help prevent overeating.
You need to find the right eating plan that is right for you. To find a program to help you achieve weight loss success, it needs to match your individual needs. Take inventory of your diet personality to determine the kind of program ideally suited to you. Make sure the program of your choice is one that you can live with indefinitely, includes physical fitness, motivation, and support, and addresses the pitfalls in your present diet.
Stop thinking "diet" and start thinking healthy. Make small changes in your lifestyle that you can sustain over time. Small changes can add up to big results if they become new, healthier habits. Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Switch to low-fat products, take the stairs, eat breakfast -- simple suggestions that can help you lose weight and improve your health. There is room for occasional treats in a healthy diet. A sustainable diet allows small portions of your favorite foods to avoid cravings, feelings of deprivation, and/or out-of-control bingeing.
Dietary supplements are widely available in health food stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, and by mail. Common dietary supplements include vitamins and minerals (such as vitamin C or a multivitamin), botanicals (herbs and plant products, such as St. John's wort), and substances that come from a natural source (such as glucosamine).
Losing weight is easy if you eat healthy and get regular physical activity. Gaining weight is even easier, especially in our world of sedentary lifestyles and easy access to high-calorie foods.