Secret To Losing Weight Permanently
The secret to losing weight permanently is simple enough - burn more calories than you eat.
If it's that simple, why can't we seem to do it? It's not just about finding time to exercise or choosing the salad over the burger - it's about genuine commitment to make healthy decisions every day....REGARDLESS of what's happening in your life. If you're not ready to make some changes, losing weight will be hard.
Set Lifetime Goals
If you're only on a health kick to lose weight or look a certain way, it will be hard to lose weight permanently. If you don't see results quickly enough you give up. Weight loss is a great goal, but unless you have something else to motivate you, what's to keep you going if the scale doesn't budge? It takes time to lose weight and in the meantime you will have to motivate yourself. Find more long term reasons to be healthy like having more energy; dealing with health problems; or wanting to live longer to be around for your kids.
If you don't workout consistently enough, it's hard to lose weight. It's possible to lose weight through diet alone, but you'll likely hit a plateau.
Even though you don't need to spend long hours in the gym, you do need to set up a reasonable workout schedule that you can follow each week. It's not about killing yourself with workouts; it's about finding something you like and that you'll continue with for the rest of your life. You have to be willing to be more active on a regular basis; not just for a week here and there.
Your Eating Habits
Changing the way you eat is another thing you're going to have to do for long-lasting weight loss. You need to be willing to replace unhealthy foods with healthier choices- every single day. This might mean:-
- Keeping a food journal;
- Spend more time reading food labels;
- Spending more time preparing meals;
- Saying no to extra portions;
- Making conscious choices about what you put in your mouth.
To lose weight permanently you need to pay attention to what you eat and make good choices more often than not. Maybe a structured diet eventually ends, but healthy eating never stops; there will never be a time when you're done eating healthy. You might feel you're sacrificing the good stuff (pizza, fast food, etc.) and your life won't be fun if you can't have those foods. Guess what? You can still have them; just not whenever you want them. Are you ready to stop giving your body the most convenient thing available (and often the most fatty) and, instead, spend time planning what and when you'll eat? That's what it takes to get healthy...permanently.
If you want a healthy life, you have to be willing to change how you live. It doesn't mean changing everything overnight, but simply being open to new ways of doing things. Some things you might need to change for a healthy life are:-
- Daily Routines - You may need to get up earlier to prepare your lunch or squeeze in a workout; use your lunch hour for exercise or go for a walk after work instead of watching TV. Are you willing to do this?
- Balance - You might need to set new rules for yourself limiting how much TV you watch or how long you sit at the computer. You'll need to pay attention to how you spend your time and where you're out of balance so you can add more movement.
- Your Pantry - There are a number of foods that do not fit into a healthy eating lifestyle and should be eliminated from your cupboard. If you want to be healthy, you may need to get rid of those foods you just can't resist and are bad for you. Fill your pantry with 'good' foods.
- Your Schedule - If you're not willing to sit down and change the way you live each day to include exercise; time to prepare meals; and time to nurture yourself with sleep, it's hard to lose weight. People use busy schedules as an excuse not to be healthy. If you're not ready to take responsibility for the schedule you've created, it will be hard to lose weight.
Manage Your Environment
Sometimes you can't control the things around you. At work, you may be surrounded by temptations - donuts, vending machines and the like. That's just one thing you have to deal with.
But what about your home? Surround yourself with things that will support you in your efforts to get healthy. That might mean spending some money on home workout equipment, setting up a corner of the house for your gear or commandeering the TV a few nights a week to do an exercise video. Set up an environment that encourages those healthy choices and reminds you of them - just walking into my kitchen and seeing that bowl of fresh fruit is often enough to remind me of all the healthy choices I'll need to make that day.