If you have ever attempted to lose weight for aesthetic reasons of as part of a healthier lifestyle, then you are aware of how difficult it can be to accomplish and keep the weight off. You should realize that many people have struggled with weight issues before you, and that you are not alone. There are a few key issues that you should keep in mind when attempting a weight loss program and these can help maximize your ability to lose weight and keep it off.
1. Eat breakfast!
Many people underestimate the importance of a nutritious breakfast to jump start your day. This habit will not only give you renewed energy in the morning, but will increase your metabolism early in the morning so you can get a jump start on your weight loss goals for that day. Since metabolism is higher in the morning naturally, you can eat and you will be more likely to burn it off quickly. Not only will you burn what you eat in the morning faster, but you will retain energy levels throughout the day and this will help protect you from intense cravings for un-healthy foods when lunch time rolls around.
2. Keep a food log.
If I were to ask you how you gained so much weight, would you be at a loss for words? Chances are you do not know how exactly you gained the unwanted weight you have right now because it accumulated over a period of time. In order to effectively address any problem, you must first understand it. The key to understanding your weight problem is by keeping a log of what you eat and how you feel before and after eating. When you do this, you will be able to see trends in the reasons and time you eat, and even your feelings and how they affect your eating habits. When you understand your surplus food intake, you can more effectively address it and make the changes required to lose weight.
3. Plan ahead.
One of the key attributes of an effective weight loss program is good planning. This means you know precisely what you will eat and your calorie goals for the day ahead of time. This will allow you to approach each meal intelligently and protect you from impulsive eating which can ruin your weight loss goals.
4. Remove highly desired Trigger foods.
Trigger foods are foods that are typically sweet, salty, or oily that you crave and tend to eat a lot of. You need an effective way to prevent binging on these foods in order to maintain your steady weight loss goals. One way is to remove them from your household, or if you must eat them, portion them and put them in a place where you will only have access to a given portion at a given time.
5. Create and apply a workout routine which includes both cardio and weight training.
Do not underestimate the effectiveness a properly applied strength and fitness regimen offers your weight loss goals. By building a regime you can stick to by scheduling it early in the morning and making it a habit, you will be making leaps and strides toward burning more fat and increasing your metabolism.
6. Stay focused.
Remember that only you control your body and what you put in it. No matter where you are now, with some discipline and steadiness, you will reap rewards you can see and measure. Never get discouraged, because your mind controls your body, so a sound mind leads to a sound body.
7. Adjust your social network.
You should be able to tell whom from amongst your acquaintance are positive and encourage you towards yours goals and those whom are negative whom wish to see you fail. Surrounding yourself by the people who will support and help you with kind words and sincere advice is a must.
8. Do not let the scale dictate your success.
When you want to make progress checks, do not rely only on the scale. Sometimes, especially with a properly applied strength training regimen, you will become healthier and leaner and fat will be replaced by muscle. So a scale is not always the most accurate measure of success. Try to limit your weigh-ins to once a week so you give your body time to make a measurable change.
9. Every bit of extra activity counts.
If you can add extra steps throughout your day by taking the stairs as opposed to the elevator, and parking at the far end of the lot and walking, you can make a measurable difference in the calories you burn and will steadily increase your cardiovascular health.
10. Never shop hungry.
Going grocery shopping while hungry is a surefire way to sabotage your efforts. Always plan precisely what you intend to buy before hand to help protect you from impulsive purchase of the foods you crave.