Weight loss programs are sprouting here and there but are not all effective as they promise. Many times you hear people say “I’ve tried this and that but nothing has changed.” To make matters worse, some people gained all the weight back and more, after painstakingly going from one to another fad diet.
lot of people have become gullible victims of outright weight loss
scams and programs that promise quick and easy weight loss. What
everyone is not aware of, is that the main foundation of a successful
weight loss program is a diet that teaches you to choose the foods that
increase your metabolism, requires that you eat frequently (every 2-3
hrs throughout the day, a healthy tailored exercise program, as well as
providing strategies that effectively allow you to change your
relationship to food leading to permanent lifestyle changes. This is how
you will achieve optimal weight and transform your health and wellness.
how do you successfully make these permanent lifestyle changes? Here
are some helpful strategies to take into consideration in order to be
successful at achieving optimal weight.
1. Be Committed
permanent weight loss to occur, it is going to take some serious time
and effort, including a lifetime of commitment to achieve success. Be
certain that you are ready to commit to making permanent changes and
that you are able to do this for reasons that will keep you motivated
and on track.
order to stay committed to achieving optimal weight, the first thing
that you need to do is to stay focused. It will take a lot of physical
and mental energy for you to change old habits that you have created and
cemented into your subconscious mind. Create a plan for yourself, first
and foremost,when you are planning to apply new weight loss strategies,
address stress factors such as relationship conflicts and financial
challenges. Although not all of these stresses could really go away
fully, being able to manage them will allow you to focus more on
achieving a lifestyle that is healthier. After you are prepared to start
your weight loss plan, set a date and then stay commited to get
2. Find What Motivates You
one can help you achieve optimal weight. If you are determined to
undertake exercise and dietary changes It has to begin within you.
Figure out what is going to give you that desire to stick to achieving
your goal of reaching your optimal weight. Create a list of reasons
that you consider important to aid you in staying focused and motivated,
whether it is a vacation with the family or to just enjoy better
health. It is these reasons or goals that you are motivated to find ways
to reach your desired weight. More so, it is from these desires that
you stay the course and avoid temptation that derails your plan.
you take responsibility of your own actions you will get closer to
your optimal weight. In addition, having friends and family around you
that support you and encourage you is crucial. Surround yourself with
individuals who will encourage and support you by uplifting you. The
ideal people would be those who are willing to listen to your feelings
and concerns and will spend time exercising with you and joining you in
your choice of foods. A support group also provides you with
accountability, which further serrves to motivate you and stick to your
3. Set Goals That are Realistic
it may seem like something obvious, not everybody knows how to set
realistic goals. In the long term, it is good to just aim at losing 1 or
2 pounds each week, although you may start losing more than that at
first if you really make significant changes. In order to lose 1 to 2
pounds in a week, you will have to burn 500 to 1,000 calories over that
of what you consume in each day. This can be achieved by having a low
glycemic diet and consistent exercise.
you are setting goals, you must always think about the process and its
outcome. Being able to exercise regularly is one example of a process
goal, while an outcome goal is that of dropping 30 pounds. It is not
really necessary to have an outcome goal, but it is important to have a
process goal because being able to change your process is one of the
keys to losing weight.
4. Start Eating Healthy Foods
follow a healthy eating lifestyle that is able to promote weight loss
with the inclusion of eliminating food with high glycemic index. You do
not have to give up on satisfaction, meal preparation and taste is
absolutely possible in order to to achieve a low glycemic program .
Eating more plant-based foods is one way to start lowering your high
sugar intake. Aim for variety in order to help you in achieving your
goals without having to lose nutritional value or taste.
5. Staying Active
it is possible to lose weight even without exercise, doing this with
the help of a low glycemic restricted diet can give you the edge in
weight loss. This is because exercise can assist you in burning fat,
especially the excess calories that cannot be eliminated just by
dieting. Aside from that, exercise provides you with crucial benefits to
the body such as improved cardiovascular health and reduced blood
pressure. This will also be one of the key factors in maintaining weight
loss. Many studies have confirmed that people who have maintained their
weight loss regime have been engaging in regular physical exercises.
amount of calories that you will burn depends on the duration,
intensity and frequency of the activities done. A 30-45 minute interval
training routine is one of the best ways to reduce body fat. Other
non-sedentary activities can be easy to fit into your schedule. You
just have to come up with ways that you can increase your physical
activity in a day wherever you are, like park far from entrances to
stores and work, take the long way around, go up two steps at a time
instead of one, etc.
6. Change your Perspective
healthy foods and exercising only a few weeks or months is not enough
if you want to successfully achieve long term optimal weight. These
habits will have to become a part of your life. Changes in your
lifestyle are going to start when you take an honest look at your daily
routine and eating patterns. Once you have assessed your personal
challenges in losing weight, try to work out on a strategy that will
eventually help you change your attitudes and habits which have
sabotaged your efforts in the past. You will also have to deal with
these challenges if you plan to succeed in losing weight once and for
Dr. Debbie Novick is an expert on holistic approaches to weight loss.
She also takes the time to create an individual treatment plan tailored
to your specific health needs using holistic, natural therapies such as
homeopathy, bach flowers, functional medicine or chiropractic care
which nurture the body’s innate health system, and address the root
cause of each person’s individual health issues.
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