Weight Loss As A Lifestyle
Does Your LifeStyle Support Weight Loss?
More and more people are trying an alternative weight loss strategy rather than pinning their hopes on fad diets and hard exercise: A commitment to lifestyle change. Have you been counting your calories, but not seeing results that make the effort worthwhile?
Perhaps you spend so many hours in a gym that you could drop on the spot. At the end of the day, however, you find that all that work does not amount to much in terms of weight loss.
Those fad diets are not going to work out and most people go on one every single year. Of course you need to exercise, but this is not the magic answer either. More and more studies point towards lifestyle change as the one truly effective path to permanent weight loss. People who commit to changing their lifestyle can drop 60 pounds or more – and keep it off. The following information should be beneficial as you embark on this journey.
1. Eating sensibly. Calories are fairly straightforward. The more you consume the calories beyond what is enough for your body the more the weight the gain. Still, if you are smart about the foods you choose to eat, you do not always have to worry about how many calories you are consuming. All you need to do is regulate the size of your portions, and enjoy lots of whole grains, lean proteins, vegetables and fruits in your diet.
2. Exercise practically. Think about how much a simple neighborhood walk or stroll through the park could do for you. The idea here is that you do it consistently, walking an hour each day, which has benefited 90 percent of people trying to lose weight. That’s about all. Long hours at the gym, pricey equipment, exhausting (and dangerous) sports – none of it is really necessary. Simply stay active in a way that suits your abilities, and you will find success.
Step Three – Supportive groups
The more positive your frame of mind, the better your chances of being successful in your weight loss. Of course if the people that you spend time with the most are eating nothing but junk food, this doesn’t make it very encouraging for you to eat better and take care of your body.
4. Get plenty of sleep. Insulin helps to control appetite. Those who do not get enough sleep do not have adequate insulin production. When you only get a couple of hours of shuteye, you are going to make poor decisions when choosing what foods to eat. You’ll also have more energy for exercise, since insulin is related to metabolism regulation.
5) Keep a track of your progress. Want to lose weight effectively? Keep a journal. When you write down every single thing you eat, and you note how much you exercise, you are going to see your path to success increase every day. Writing down what you’re doing (and keeping track of your progress) makes it much harder to forget what you’re aiming for. Problematic patterns such as increased eating over weekends or when in the company of certain individuals who do not have a positive influence on you will be clearly identified in a food journal. In most cases, simply keeping consistent records (at least six days out of the week) is enough to increase the total amount of weight lost by as much as one hundred percent. Keep a food journal to document what you eat and how much you exercise for optimal success.
When you make changes to your lifestyle, you will see more than just weight loss. A lifestyle change touches every single part of your daily life. Such efforts will help you lose weight and are worth trying. If you truly want to succeed, make the lifestyle change you need, and watch a whole new you develop.