If you’ve been trying to lose weight, but are finding it difficult to shed those extra pounds and inches, you might want to reconsider your approach. One of the most important aspects of any reduction plan is to make sure that you understand why you’re trying to slim down. If you want to lose weight for an upcoming event or to make someone else happy, chances are, you aren’t going to be successful. Sure, you might enjoy some initial weight loss, but even if you reach your ideal weight, it’s going to be almost impossible to maintain the weight loss.
Losing weight, at least if you want long-term success, means you’re going to have to embrace an entirely new lifestyle. Obviously, if you have put on extra pounds, there is a reason; either you’re not as active as you should be, or you’re consuming too many calories, of course, for many people, the problem is both. A good balance between exercise and calorie intake can help you maintain your ideal body weight. This means, if you don’t want to constantly be dealing with huge fluctuations in your weight, you’re going to have to make some changes in your lifestyle. Once you’ve committed to a healthier lifestyle, you’ll be able to finally lose weight, and keep it off.
The first thing to look at is your current eating habits. Many people find it extremely helpful to keep a food journal for several days. In your food journal you can keep track of every bite of food you eat. Whether it’s a family dinner, or an evening snack, every calorie counts. Unfortunately, many people vastly underestimate the number of calories they take in each day. A food journal not only keeps track of those calories you forgot about, but it also offers a great place to write down our feelings as well as your goals.
Once you have several days recorded in your food journal, it’s time to take a look at the habits you’ve developed. For example, do you find yourself reaching for sweets when you’re feeling down? Maybe when you’re bored or stressed you tend to grab a snack. You can also look at your food choices and begin to see areas where you can cut back on calories. Oftentimes, this doesn’t have to mean that you need to forget about your favorite foods, but it might mean making a few adjustments. Just about any recipe can be lightened up with little effort. You can enjoy your favorite foods, while taking in fewer calories.
Exercise is another important factor in a healthy lifestyle. Of course, exercise also helps you to burn more calories, so you’ll achieve faster weight loss. Pick a favorite activity or two and get started. You don’t have to commit to a gym or even spend hours working out, but starting with simple steps, such as a long walk after dinner or a quick workout when you get up in the morning, can make a huge difference in how you feel as well as in helping you to achieve your weight loss goals.