Losing weight is not something you can do cold turkey. If you try to change your life all at once, you are almost guaranteed to fail. If you take baby steps, making a single change every two weeks, you will find the habits stick and you begin to see your weight melt away. The following tips should be taken one by one into your life so that you can start to feel healthier and happier.
It is likely that you aren’t exercising, but that doesn’t mean you need to start working out immediately. Instead, start going for a long walk after dinner. Take the stairs at work or at the mall. Skip the car as often as possible and walk to the store, bank or a friend’s house instead. Adopt a dog and start taking him for walks. Any time you can change your habits to include a bit of exercise, you are helping your body shed pounds.
If you have to take your car, park it at the back of the lot. The more you walk, the better you will feel. In fact, if you can park a few blocks away, do it! If you have heavy bags, evenly distribute them between your two hands and do some arm curls as you walk. Your walk should be brisk to ensure you get the most out of it.
Next, break up the number of meals you eat in a day. If you have breaks at work, have a small snack while you rest. If you can eat six times a day in smaller amounts, you will keep cravings at bay, your blood sugar level and your energy levels high. Opt for healthy snack options, such as a few ounces of cheese, some vegetables with homemade dip, apple chips, a glass of skim milk, a banana or a handful of nuts.
If you love to watch the tube, exercise while you do it! Do some arm curls with a dumbbell and then run around the house during commercials. You can find many “armchair workouts” online you can follow while you watch. Even what may seem like a tiny expenditure of energy, when repeated frequently, can have massive effects on your weight loss.
One very important change is to stay away from soda. This beverage contains everything you shouldn’t be ingesting, from high fructose corn syrup to huge levels of sodium. Just drinking a can of pop per week can truly derail your progress, plus it often leaves you feeling lethargic and weak. Instead, enjoy a bottle of water, green tea or even a glass of juice from time to time. In fact, adding a little mint or lemon to your water can make it taste just as good as pop.
Remember to implement each tip, one at a time, once every two weeks. If you need to take an extra week, do so! There is no rush as every single change you make is a positive one which will lead to better health. A slimmer, trimmer, fitter you is on the horizon – reach out and grab it!