Still true- There is no magic pill to help us drastically shed those ugly, extra pounds without a little sweat and mindful eating. Bummer. So where do you start when you just don’t feel like doing anything about that muffin top and bumping blood pressure? Some might suggest papering your wall or fridge with pictures of bikini clad supermodels, a la DJ Tanner, in a hopes that you will pick the carrot sticks instead of the drumstick at your next snack attack. In case you missed that episode….it didn’t work . I offer some different advice with your happiness and health in mind.
1) Ask yourself: Do I want to lose weight, or does someone else want me to lose weight? If the answer is yes, you are getting warmer, and more likely to succeed.
2) What will change if you lose the weight? What do you want to change if you lose the weight? You may be looking for more confidence, self-esteem or to just look better in your clothes. Maybe your initial motive is health inspired. Losing 10% of your body weight if you are overweight or obese can improve blood pressure, glucose control and even lower your risk of other weight related commodities. Focus on that primary motive everyday!
3) Find something you enjoy doing, and do it everyday. If going to the gym is an unpleasant and rare event, it won’t help you stay active. Keep it simple and realistic. You can always add intensity. I will suggest walking. It requires minimal equipment, pushes you outdoors and is good for the mind and body.
4) Is there anything about the way you eat that should change? People can usually pinpoint exactly where they are going astray in their diet, they just don’t take the time to ask themselves this question. Cutting out 250 calories, each day will result in losing half a pound each week-the equivalent to swapping out that over priced latte for a cup of fresh brewed coffee. Just pay attention!
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