If you're overweight and need tips on how to lose weight then you have come to the right place. Maybe you think you can lose weight really fast. In truth, just as it takes time to gain excess weight, it also takes time to lose that weight.
Unfortunately, gaining weight is much easier than losing it. You will not be able to eradicate years of unhealthy eating and exercise habits in a matter of weeks (unless of course you have the time and money to go on a weight loss camp where you work out constantly and learn to change your eating habits). Otherwise you will have to exercise patience while trying to lose weight.
In general, if you lose weight too fast, you will regain the same amount plus more just as quickly. There are no overnight solutions and you will require determination and perseverance to lose weight and change your lifestyle.
With that in mind, here are four tips on how to lose weight that will help you focus so you can see results faster.
Set achievable weight loss goals -- Set achievable goals for yourself: how much weight you want to lose, how long you want it to take, what size you want to wear once you reach your goal weight, what you want to be able to achieve physically once you have achieved your weight loss goal etc. Then commit to spending time each day to achieve those goals. It's great to write your goals down and place them in a prominent location as this sets them in your mind and provides a reminder for you whenever you see them. Make plans for what you want to do after reaching your goals... i.e. If you want to return to playing football then make enquiries about teams in your local area, approach the coach to discuss joining etc. Don't try to lose weight too quickly -- I'm sure you've noticed by now that it is much easier to gain weight than it is to lose it. It is probably also more enjoyable, eating yummy foods compared to limiting food choices and working hard at exercise. The expectation of losing weight fast is a major issue that people face that also causes many individuals to fail in their weight loss goals. Remember that it takes time to lose weight, but no matter how long it takes, ultimately it is worth it. Be mentally and emotionally prepared -- Losing weight can be one of the hardest challenges you will ever face in your life. Battling cravings to eat unhealthy foods. Resisting the temptation to be lazy and put your feet up, relax and watch TV instead of taking the dog for a walk or some other form of exercise. You won't want to change your eating habits, you enjoy the food you eat or you wouldn't be eating it. A weight loss program involves a tremendous battle of willpower and you need to be prepared for that in order to win the battle, lose weight and reach your goals. This really is a case of "easier said than done". You have to be committed or it won't happen! Build a support base -- Surround yourself with others who want to help you reach your goals, those who are also trying to reach the same goals or those who have already accomplished those goals. It could be family members, work mates, members of a weight loss forum or newsgroup etc. Being a part of a supportive community makes losing weight less difficult because there is always someone to turn to when you're feeling tempted and need help to remain motivated.
So, there you have it. Were you expecting a list of foods to avoid or exercises to perform? Probably, but a huge part of losing weight has to do with motivation and mindset. Exercise and healthy eating are crucially important, but losing weight is a test of willpower as well. Without mental preparedness you will never achieve those weight loss goals. The person who understands this will ultimately be victorious. So like a good boy scout 'be prepared'!