Sunday, March 31, 2013

Understanding Your Goals

It can seem like losing weight takes forever. People start out with incredible zeal, which quickly peters out and turns into inactivity. Why does everyone's body work differently when losing weight? Some people can maintain a lean physique and lose weight at the same time. We all wonder how they do it.

In order to effectively drop pounds, you must first understand your goals. What results would you like to see from your weight loss? Are you interested in wearing clothes that are a smaller size? Is a certain weight the one you are after? Is your goal to make your body more healthy?

Record your weekly progress. Use a diary or log to track your weight loss progress each week. Record what you eat in the same book. Record everything you eat on a daily basis to hold yourself responsible for what you eat. The fact that you are writing it down will decrease the likelihood that you will desire it.

The wrong time to decide what you are going to eat is when you have not eaten for a while and you are hungry. Be sure to plan out your meals beforehand and keep healthy snacks on hand in order to stay away from this danger. A great way to eat healthier while also saving money is to bring your own lunch rather than buy it.

The most effective way to lose weight is to combine a healthy diet with increased physical activity. Exercising at least 3 times a week is great, while exercising every day is not essential. If working out is boring to you, start taking fun things you already enjoy and see how you can mix a bit of exercise with it. For instance, if dancing is your thing, how about signing up for a dance class?

Don't leave tempting but unhealthy treats in your house. You can't give into temptation if rich, fatty foods aren't available. Stock your kitchen full of healthy foods you love. The harder it is to eat unhealthy food, the less appealing it will be, and the less you will consume.

Developing a solid support system can help you lose weight. Although nobody can drop the weight for you, having motivational support will help you on your way. Having a support group, or even just one trusted ally, that you can call on during trying times, can help tremendously.

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