Have you ever noticed that the word "Die" is the first three letters of Diet? Weight Loss is hard enough without adding anymore negativity to it. The word DIET needs to be removed from all of our vocabularies and replaced with Lifestyle Change! So how do we do it?
The first step in any lifestyle change is to make the decision to change and stick to it. Losing weight is truly a frame of mind. It's literally all in our heads! You have to be ready to say no and stick to your guns. It's easy to say okay it's time to lose weight and then six hours later your finishing the crumbs off from a large bag of chips! So what's next?
Develop a Plan of Action. For your best weight loss you've got to plan ahead. Get a journal and write everything down from what you've ate to what you are going to eat and stick to it. If you are like me, then just winging it doesn't work. If I don't write down my weight loss program ahead, I end up eating more than I realized and then usually give up. On that note...
Stay Hydrated. Dehydration can slow your metabolism by 3 percent. At a weight of 150 pounds, that would be about 45 fewer calories burned a day, which could add up to about 5 extra pounds a year.
Stay Positive!!! Realize that the best weight loss from a lifestyle change takes time, especially if you want the weight to stay off for good! Read an inspirational book. Tell family and friends about your lifestyle change so that they can encourage you!
Any weight loss program that claims dramatic weight loss in a short period of time isn't good for your body and the short-term and long-term effects are hazardous for your health. Those are what you call DIEts! Plus, typically on fast result DIEts the weight loss is mostly muscle and water. Then, when you go off the DIEts, you gain back everything and then some. So you're worse off then when you started and your metabolism is slower making it even harder for your best weight loss.
Find a Weight Loss Buddy. Everyone knows that lifestyle changes can be difficult, especially if you are trying it alone. Having someone by your side with the same goals will motivate you and keep you both on the right weight loss track.
Develop Good Exercise Habits. Eating right is the first key for weight loss. But for the best weight loss you must develop good exercise habits. Aerobics should be incorporated into your lifestyle change as well as weight lifting. Aerobics strengthens your heart, burns calories, lowers stress, raises our mood, fights PMS symptoms...There are so many wonderful benefits aside from weight loss. Thirty minutes of low-impact aerobics 3-5 time a week is crucial for your best weight loss program.
Lifting weights is also a vital key. So many women have the misconception that if they lift weights they are going to "bulk up". That just isn't the case. We aren't men!!! You actually get smaller lifting weights. Lifting lite to moderate weight tones up our bodies and raises our metabolism so that we become fat burning, weight loss machines! Just remember, muscle weighs more than fat, so if you are lifting weights and the scale isn't changing at first, don't get discouraged...go by your measurements. Most likely you're losing fat and replacing it with fat eating muscle.
Set Short-term Weight Loss Goals and Reward Yourself. But make sure it's not with food!!! Set a 5 lb. weight loss goal at 3 weeks, and at the end of the 3 weeks treat yourself to a manicure or a pedicure. Something that will make you feel beautiful!
Maintain!!! Once you finally get to your target weight, don't go back to your same old bad habits. After all, that's why it's a lifestyle change, not a lifestyle change, change back! It's okay to eat some of the foods we all love, just don't gorge yourself with them. It's all about escaping from the never-ending weight loss cycle. Keep all the good habits that you have developed and when you find yourself thinking that it's okay to binge or slip back, think about all the blood, sweat, and tears it took you to get where you are. I guarantee you'll take your hand out of the cookie jar and get onto the elliptical machine! Maintain and never go back!