Are you ready to lose weight but are not sure how to start? Worry no more. Follow our five easy steps to weight loss today. No more 'starting tomorrow', no more waiting til Monday and no more looking for the perfect diet. No more fad diets that cost bushels of money and do not work. Follow these simple and effective steps and you'll get started losing weight today, and keep it off tomorrow.
1. Ask why?
Every time you start to eat or drink, ask yourself one word: Why? Why am I eating this? Am I hungry, tired, bored, stressed, lonely? The correct answer is simple: hunger. If you're not hungry, do not eat. Figure out what you need to do to satisfy that emotion: Take a nap, read a book, yell at your boss, call a friend – just do not eat if you're not hungry.
2. Carry a note book and pen
Every single thing that you swallow should be written in your notebook, preferably as soon as you swallow it. If you finish your daughter's leftover Pop-Tart at breakfast, write it down. Sample a cookie at the office? Write it down. Just a "taste" of the stew you're making for dinner? You've got it: Write it down! Writing down what we eat and drink forces us to be aware of what we're putting in our mouth. It also gives us an easy way to track our take and decide what changes we want to make.
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3. Eat to lose
That's right, if you skip meals you will not lose weight. Why not? Because then you'll get so hungry that you snack, or eat more than you want to, or end up feeling miserable and quit right away. Everybody needs to eat and describes to eat three meals per day. Snacks, too (if, of course, you can answer # 2 correctly first). And forget those skimpy little diet meals. They just leave you feeling hungry and unsatisfied. A meal should include whole grains, fruit and vegetables, protein and even a small amount of fat.
4. Remember your favorite things
If you've ever tried to completely avoid your favorite food, then completely lost control and devoured the entire bag of cookies, you know what I'm talking about. Stuck on chocolate? Eat one delicious, exquisite piece of high-quality chocolate every evening. Savor that chocolate. Sit down, relax, and do nothing but enjoy the flavor, texture and experience of eating the chocolate. Eat slowly, enjoying every bite. And whatever you do, do not feel guilty. A small portion of your favorite food will keep you satisfied and happy – and losing weight.
5. Find a part of your body that moves and exercise it
Everyone can move something. If you have bad knees you can still exercise your arms or even do water exercises in a pool. Take up line dancing or karate. Walk the dog in the morning before work, take the kids for a bike ride after school, or listen to favorite music while using your treadmill. Even housework can become exercise if you move vigorously enough. Turn vacuuming into a race, wash windows with plenty of elbow grease, or scrub flours until you work up a sweat. There simply are no excuses for not moving. Every day. Monday through Sunday. Start with five minutes and add 1-5 additional minutes every week until you're moving for at least 60 minutes every day. You can spread the activity times apart if you want: vacuum for 10 minutes in the morning, take a brisk 15-minute walk at lunch, ride bikes with your sweetie after dinner for 30 minutes and carry out garbage (at a fast clip) for 5 minutes. You've done it!
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