So you wish to slim down?
If you do not already know, the general consensus amongst weight loss experts is that weight loss is a balance between sufficient exercise and following the correct diet. How much time you are prepared to devote to this is what will determine the success you have with your weight loss.
Any form of physical activity is beneficial and yes, exercising at least three times a week will help you to maintain your weight or even lose some weight. The more structured your exercise is, the better chance you have of shedding those extra pounds.
Together with exercise is the importance of following a suitable diet. Diet is probably the most difficult part of the equation to follow, but it is the first thing that needs to be addressed, because we have to make a change to our eating habits.
How do we make the change?
Most of our eating habits are ingrained in us from when we were children, and a lot of these habits are bad. As children we quickly become exposed to junk food, too many treats and incorrect eating patterns. This is what makes it so difficult to follow a diet. It can be really difficult to break the bad habits.
However, the only way that you will be able to lose weight is to change the patterns of eating that you have become accustomed to.
It is essential that you equip yourself with the tools and advice that are going to keep you on track to achieving your weight loss. Fortunately, there are such tools and advice available to make your weight loss easy.
The following should be considered part of your weight loss plan:
Keep a diary of what you eat and when you eat everyday. While this might sound a bit of a chore, it is the only way of keeping track of where you are and where you are going with your eating habits. By the way no good cheating your diary entries, that is not going to get you anywhere. Drink lots of water, but moreover, when you feel a little hungry, grab a glass of water and you will most likely find that your hunger disappears. We often misconstrue hunger for thirst. Keeping a bottle of water handy is a good reminder to drink water more often. Give it a try, it really works! Raising your metabolism also assists greatly in losing weight. How do you do this? Eat smaller meals, more regularly. No diet will be successful if you do not allow yourself the odd treat occasionally. Be disciplined about this and avoid temptation by keeping chocolates and sweets out of sight. While there is a plethora of diet plans available on the internet, do your research, and choose one that has a proven success rate and suits your own personal needs. Get some inexpensive fitness equipment, such as a pedometer, some free weights, a skipping rope and some boxing gloves, or better still subscribe to a fitness program on-line. Be realistic about your weight loss. It will not happen overnight. However every step you take will be in the right direction. Weight loss should be made as easy as possible.