Losing weight is more than some diet you go on for a few months, more than buying into the newest or latest exercise equipment, the newest diet, some new pill that will somehow magically take the weight off.
First a shift in the way you think must take place. Prepare your mind, get real with yourself. There is no magic pill for weight loss. You must first realize that change starts in your mind. You have to make up your mind that you will do what it takes to change.
No diets really work, not in the long run. Changing your life style and how you look at food is what counts. Do you eat when your bored, when your lonely, when your stressed? It seems like so many activities are surrounded by food. Experiment with healthy foods, make new recipes, try new foods. Try to eat more fresh produce, work more fruits and vegetables into your diet.
Cut soda pop out of your habits. Pop is loaded with sugar. Drink more water. Just by doing this one thing you can lose weight over time.
Fiber is your best friend. Start adding more fiber to your diet. The recommended amount of fiber is 15-30 grams, but most people eat half that. Fiber will keep you fuller, longer. Make sure to slowly add fiber to avoid gas, bloating and diarrhea. Fiber helps pass food through your body faster, which helps prevent absorption of toxins that are in many of the foods that we eat today. Fiber is a good way to help prevent heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Besides whole grains, fruits and vegetables, look for foods that are labeled “high fiber”, learn to read labels.
Move your body. Everything is meant to be in motion. Take a walk, dance, get some exercise DVDs, look up exercises online. There are many ways to move your body. Find what works for you, just move your body, it will thank you later. Exercise your heart, after all it is a muscle. Many diseases can be prevented by just exercising and moving your body.
Remember that everyday is a new day to make positive changes, choose the right foods, choose to exercise and move your body. It is okay to treat yourself sometimes, just learn to do things in moderation. The only real way to lose weight is burn more calories than you take it, its not brain surgery, it is common sense. Somehow we have gotten so far away from that with diet pills, diet shakes, exercise equipment, fad diets etc. Don’t be fooled by the next best thing for weight loss that comes along. Change your mind to change your life!