Losing weight is rarely fun when you first begin. Because you are overweight, it can be hard to move and somewhat painful to start a weight loss program, both physically and mentally. One thing that helps is having a plan and sticking to it. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you start to lose weight.
Exercise can be pretty boring. When trying to lose weight, make sure you have some entertainment during those long cardio sessions. Get a book to read or even an audio book to listen to. Create a music playlist that is fast and high-energy and will keep your body moving.
If you’re trying to lose weight, as cruel as it sounds, you’ll have a harder time if you spend a lot of time around overweight people. Studies have shown a strong connection between your weight and that of people in your immediate peer group. People who hang around skinny people, tend to have healthier weights than people who hang out with heavier people. So if you are looking to lose weight, you might want to try introducing yourself to some friendly-looking people of healthy weight, whose food choices may influence your own.
Everyone gives in to temptation every now and then. One way to limit the amount of damage you can do to your diet when you give in to temptation is to limit the amount of fatty temptations around you. Filling your fridge and pantry with healthier alternatives such as crackers instead of chips, yogurt or fat free pudding instead of ice cream and flavored water instead of soda and you can easily pass on hundreds of calories.
Just about everyone loves eating french fries. Unfortunately, they have wrecked many well-intentioned dieters. However, if you bake fries, they could actually help you lose weight. Create 1/2″ wedges or fries and toss them with a tablespoon of oil, a bit of salt and pepper, and your favorite herbs. Spread them out on a baking sheet, and pop in a 400 degree oven for a half hour. Loosen with a spatula, turn, and bake another 10 min. or so. They are absolutely delicious with ketchup, much lower in fat calories, and you will never miss the deep frying. This “French bake” recipe comes from Laurel’s Kitchen cookbook.
Substituting low fat processed foods for high fat ones when trying to lose weight is a very popular idea; however, it does not always work. For example, replacing regular store bought muffins with low fat store bought muffins may make you want to eat two of the low fat muffins instead of one! The low fat ones are usually missing some of the taste of the regular muffins. Instead, try making your own muffins and other food! You will know what is going into what you are mkaing and can cut back on certain things without sacrificing taste.
Losing weight not only means eating healthy, it also means working out. Buying a pedometer will help you keep track of how much exercise you’re doing throughout the day. Not only will seeing a big set of numbers at the end of the day encourage you, being active will make you feel better and more accomplished.
Keep your doctor informed if you start taking weight loss supplements. Your doctor may advise against certain supplements because of your personal health issues. He or she may also want to monitor certain blood levels and other health tests just to make sure that you are staying healthy while losing weight.
Do not compare yourself to the people that you see on television. These people hire professionals to help aide them in their wight loss. Their diets are supplemented by certain foods that would not be healthy to a normal person. Just focus on becoming like the average person and not a celebrity on tv.
For someone who doesn’t know where to start losing weight there are many informational programs to join that can give you direction. A program will provide steps to follow and a path for you to stick to. Although careful research must be done to find out what program is right for the each individual.
If you’re having trouble getting rid of those last few pounds that just won’t seem to come off, try boosting your workout intensity. Get your heart rate up to at least 85 percent of your maximum heart rate to get the most out of your workout and drop those stubborn pounds.
Using these tips as a mini-plan that you commit to will make bigger commitments possible. Try these tips and stick with them, and you will be confident enough to try bigger and better things; not only in weight loss but in life as well. And as you start to see results it will indeed become more fun.