How many times have you said to yourself “I’ll start tomorrow”, or “this is the last” or “just yet.” Unfortunately, people are often focused on finding the fastest and easiest way to lose weight instead of changing lifestyle habits that attribute to weight gain. Here are some quick tips to help you get started, stay motivated and keep on track. . . For life
Desire for Change.
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Figure out your goals :. Whether you want to feel healthier, look better, lose weight, gain muscle or other goals you may have-find out what is important to you and either write it down or type it in a blog or online journal
gradual change :. . It’s hard to give up everything we love at a given date, so take baby steps. Try to give you a bad thing every week and replace it with a good thing. Rather than grab a cheeseburger every day, try every other day, and try to replace them with healthy alternatives. Eventually, you may be able to provide you with cheeseburgers for life without even missing them. Or if you choose to eat that Snickers bar, make sure to stay at the gym a little longer that day. You do not have to completely give up the foods you like to be healthy, but you need to remember a key factor moderation
Moderation is the key. . Remember to check out your portion sizes. You will find that all too often you continue to eat when you are full, because it tastes soooo good! Just remember, you can still enjoy an occasional “bad” foods, but try to understand your body and know when it says it is full. Restaurants serve portions that are MUCH larger than they should be, so cut your food in half before you begin, and ask for a to-go box so you are not tempted to take the infamous “one last bite.”
Fitness is Important: It’s so hard to go to the gym or work out after a long day at work! But remember only 30 minutes a day can help heart disease, overall fitness, how you fit into your clothes, how others perceive you and how you feel about yourself. Start off easy break up 30 minutes all day-this is as simple as parking at the end of the parking lot when you go to the store, walk around the building when the mid-day break, or are living your room doing lunges and crunches while watching TV. You do not have to pay for an expensive membership to get fit and healthy
Seek Support :. . Talk to your friends, family or colleagues and let them know that you need support. You will be surprised when some of them ask if they can join! Fitness and a healthy lifestyle is not just fads that are here today-gone tomorrow. . . they are life obligations that everyone must understand, value and strive to achieve.
Tips and Warnings
Take things slowly-if you cut out all at once you’re more likely to binge
Check out sites such as http: // www. biggestloserclub. com or look for online blogging sites to keep you motivated
Try Grocery Shopping 2x / week for fresh vegetables and fruits for more healthy cooking
Be sure to check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program
Healthy lifestyle can be contagious! Share it with all