When people ask me how I lost 30 pounds of my college weight, I tell them, “The only way…one pound at a time.” It’s not an easy process by any means; it involves two quite difficult things – losing weight and keeping weight off.
When I think about all of my studies in natural health and healthcare, biology and chemistry, however, there’s one fact that is a glaring truth – managing your weight can add quality years to your life. This year, I want to dedicate a good amount of my work to this mission – helping more people shed the weight and keep it that way. Here are three easy ways to get started:
Begin Where You Are.
If you’ve read any of my blog posts you know I sound like a broken record. I say, “Begin where you are,” with all things be them health or spiritual. As I stated in the beginning of this post, there is only one way I know how to lose weight and that’s one pound at a time. Ideally, you should lose no more than one pound a week to keep it safe and keep it off. It’s about creating a new and healthier lifestyle, but you cannot begin anywhere else than at the beginning. You can only begin where you are today. If you’ve been with me for a while, you’ll also know I also love affirmations; the small stretch of words you say to yourself each day to create positive thoughts. In this case, try telling yourself: “I love who I am this very moment. The rest of my life begins today.” If you say it long enough, soon you will begin to believe it.
Track your Progress/ Employ Help.
I used the My Fitness Pal app to lose my college weight. You simply plug in your current weight, your goal weight, and everything you eat. It keeps you on track by showing you how many calories you can consume every day and helps you “work” your diet into those parameters. It’s also free. I love it because it worked for me – and continues to work. I weigh in weekly to maintain my weight and when I fall off – I start tracking again. Some people need the support of a live group to keep themselves accountable. This works, as well. I’ve used Weight Watchers myself and know it’s a fail safe system when it’s utilized. You will need to say with it, however. Thus, for me, I wanted something more flexible, but there are lots of support systems to choose from. You can research all from Weight Watchers and NurtiSystem to personal weight loss coaches and trainers. All have been proven effective.
Eat Less/ Move More.
Regardless of what “system” you choose there are two other rules of the road – aside from losing weight one pound at a time. Those rules are simple as well. They are namely thus: Eat less and move more. We know that you’ll need a system to “track” your eating – such as My Fitness Pal or Weight Watchers – but it’s also important to think about what types of exercises you like to do to get your body moving and tighten things up. My doctor tells me I should exercise three to four times a week. I think this is a good number. There is a vast array of ways to accomplish this task – from walking to yoga; fitness classes to tai chi. They all add to your health bank account and can help you to reach your weight loss goals. No, there is no substitute for reducing your dietary intake, but fitness will help firm, tone, and burn calories.
This may all seem like a simplified account of weight loss, but it is my hope that it gets you thinking in a forward direction and helps you plan your mission. Aim to accomplish your goal of weight loss starting this year, no matter how much you need to lose. If you break it down to its least common denominator – to lose one pound at a time – it may feel more do-able. As always, thank you for your readership – and if I can help you in any way, I hope you will check in and let me know.
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