Weight Loss and Dieting Advice

By: Jay Khan

In order to change your weight, you must FIRST change your mind.

Wanting to lose weight shouldn't be a matter of vanity; it should be more about wanting to be healthy and to be there for the people you love. Be kind to yourself. Being overweight is a difficulty to resolve, not a moral failing or a cause to detest yourself.

Prepare yourself mentally. It's hard to change your lifestyle.

You have to learn to have control over your appetite and your cravings remember that being healthy is much more valuable than stuffing your face all day long! Drink lots of water and get regular exercise. You can make the time for it because YOU are worth it!

Additionally, don't get frustrated. While weight loss is the same target for each person trying to lose it, how it is lost is unique to each person. So don't get discouraged by plateaus. At the same time don't focus 100% on the hard and fast number of your weight. I would suggest using a Running Average technique, or consider your weight to be in brackets of about 5 pounds. That way little changes won't bother you.

I'd also recommend that if you were just starting out with exercise, start SLOWLY. I'm talking "ten minutes at a slow pace on the treadmill" slow. In the early stages you should focus on forming an exercise habit, and I believe that will be easier if you don't work yourself to total fatigue in your initial exercise sessions. There'll be plenty of time for you to run yourself into the ground later on.

As well as exercise being part of successful weight loss, changing your diet plays a major part in losing weight too.

For starters you can do as mother always said, "eat your vegetables", lots of them.

1.) Drink less fizzy drinks. Drinking a 44 oz. Fizzy drink is equivalent (in terms of sugar) to eating an entire chocolate cake. Plus, carbonated beverages leach the calcium from your bones.
2.) Always eat breakfast. You need to start your metabolism if you ever want to lose weight. But:
Try a high-fibre cereal with fresh fruit and skim milk in the morning instead of bagels or muffins.
3.) Have a look at the hidden fat in food (e.g.: It does not make sense to eat a healthy fresh salad in combination with a regular dressing in order to lose weight).
4.) Never give up - even if your weight loss is stagnating. There will always be slow periods.
If you feel frustrated: jump into one of your "big size" jeans/dress and have a look at what you have lost already.
5.) Water! Drink as much water as you can - at least 80 oz. a day.
6.) Choose healthy snacks, such as fruit, a handful of nuts or a low-fat yoghurt between meals to keep yourself from getting too hungry.
7.) In a restaurant: Start with a soup or mixed green salad, both of which will contribute to fullness, and follow with an appetizer rather than a full-size entree.
8.) Incorporate exercise daily, even if it is just walking to work or taking the stairs.
9.) Munch on fresh vegetables with low-calorie condiments to make them taste great and to satisfy the need to crunch.

Keep in mind that it's so important to love yourself exactly as you are right now, and don't expect results overnight. Being in a hurry puts too much pressure on you to get it now. Enjoy the process. Consider every healthy bite and every crunch or mile you walk a success. Give yourself permission to feel good. It's all about feeling good. Also, don't discount the value of doing small things. They add up in the long run.

Eat right and exercise regularly. It's actually a very simple notion but not so easy to do.

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