It is true that eating right and exercising right can help you lose weight. However, what determines -eating right- can be difficult for most people to agree on. The choices we make with other activities of daily living such as watching TV can also influence our weight status. Adapting and forming the right habits to modify our actions and choices will certainly help us get the weight we want.
The first habit we can acquire is to set small and specific goals for ourselves. Instead of trying to lose 100 pounds in 2 weeks or one month, you can aim to lose about 10% of your present weight in about 6 months. This way you will not psychologically be trying to do too much at the beginning of your weight loss attempt. If you do, you may get disappointed and get easily frustrated.
The second habit to learn how to make the decision to eat right.
It is probably a good idea to start by making small decisions. I always suggest starting with making a decision to cut down on their portion sizes on the food you enjoy the most. Make vegetables and fruits part of any meal you take.
Another tool you can add to your weight-loss kit, is to cut down on soda. Do not drink your soda everyday. This is especially problematic during snack time. You can minimize this tendency by eating more fruits and vegetables in between meals. This will make you feel full and less likely to want to eat too many snacks.
If you like specific recipes, shop for them ahead of time. Do not do "last minute" shopping. You may not find everything you need and you may end up having to accept choices you do not really like. As a rule, it is good to eat fish at least two times a week. Fish is a good source for omega 3 fatty acids, which has been proven to help protect against heart attack.
The third habit you need to form is weigh yourself frequently.
Form the habit of weighing yourself every week or every 2 weeks. This will help you monitor yourself and identify what is working for you and what you need to work on. If within the week your weight goes up after excessive eating or snacking, it is easy for you to figure out why.
You have to learn to use weighing yourself regularly they way people use their blood pressure check up to monitor their hypertension. It pays off in the long run.
Fourth habit-Communicate and form support groups
Share your weight loss goals with other members of your family. Your spouse, your kids and even your friends. This way you will form a support group that will help you achieve your goals. They can do this by reminding you to eat your vegetables or weigh yourself.
This type of communication support can also be done through online support groups that can send you e-mail reminders to help you get through your weekly schedule on tasks like doing your exercise and filling your food diary or journal.
Fifth habit-Find ways to Keep your exercise fresh
Most people get excited about losing weight and living a healthier life, then they falter. They begin but are not able to persevere. One the reasons this happens is that people become bored with their exercise routine.
This is why it is a good idea to mix up your exercise routine. If you like walking, try doing it in different locations. You can either walk indoors or outdoors. You can even try getting a DVD walk exercise or walking while listening to music.
Try a new form of exercise. Fly a kite in the park or get more people from your support group to join in your exercise routine. This will help to keep your exercise regimen fresh and much more likely to become boring and predictable.
Try these 5 habits I have outlined and you will be surprised, how continuing them will gradually lead you to your desired weight. Do not forget that success comes from the ability to take daily focused action towards your goal
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