Many people get involved in some form of activity or exercise as a complementary way to support a weight loss diet plan. Having been involved in physical fitness, yoga, and martial arts training for many years I have trained with hundreds of people, many of them looking to “get in shape” or “lose some weight”. While this is often the primary reason people start a new physical fitness activity, it has given me the opportunity to see what works and what doesn’t when people attempt to follow a weight loss diet plan. Here are some key factors in success or failure when trying to lose weight and get in shape.
Define A Specific Goal – Most people tell themselves they “feel fat and want to lose weight” or “want to drop 10 or 20 pounds” but that’s really not a weight loss goal. You need to be specific and define succinctly what you are trying to do that is constrained by time and the amount of weight you are targeting. A much more achievable goal is to say “I want to drop 15 pounds in the next 4 months”. By providing a dimension of time and defining the specific amount of weight you are looking to lose you give yourself targets to reach and work for. By doing this you are increasing the chances that the weight loss diet plan you choose can succeed.By choosing an end result goal and breaking it down into smaller goals makes it easier for you to hit your original larger goal. You should write down your goal, plan it out from day-to-day as to how you will accomplish that goal little by little, and by doing those little things everyday adds up to great big results in the end. Plan and execute your weight loss goal and you will succeed.
Pick A Diet You Can Enjoy – This is obvious to me but that’s not always the case for many people. I am always stunned when someone wants to try the “Cabbage Soup Diet”. Will you lose weight on it? Probably, but only temporarily. There is nothing enjoyable or sustainable about that type of dieting approach. A “diet” is often viewed as restrictive, as if something is being taken away from us. It shouldn’t and that is an unfortunate consequence of how the media and advertisers have portrayed weight loss. Let’s all assume we understand that cheeseburgers and pizza aren’t showing up in the daily menu category. There are plenty of dietary choices that are healthy and can be incorporated into a weight loss diet plan you can enjoy.
Workout With Others – When choosing an exercise to do that supports the diet and exercise plan you decide to pursue you will have infinitely more success if the activity is either a team sport (e.g. basketball) or involves working out in a group setting such as martial arts or yoga, or you have a friend you can work out with (weight lifting, running, etc…). Most people aren’t disciplined enough to pursue a regular physical fitness routine. Having a friend or group that is there to hold you accountable make a significant difference in the physical fitness aspect of your success. Having a workout partner who will motivate you, challenge you, give you someone to playfully compete with to get an extra rep in on each set, and build a gym friendship with someone who shares a common fitness goal with. it’s a win-win situation for both you and your partner when you workout together. You will see improvements faster because you motivate each other among other things to see faster long term results.
Drink Water – From my perspective, a weight loss diet plan that emphasizes drinking a lot of water as part of the overall approach will always be more successful than plans that simply ignore this aspect of weight management. The benefits of drinking water are substantial. If you are hungry (a danger zone for eating empty calories) drinking a glass will help you feel full. Water hydrates your body and has the notable benefit of flushing toxins out of your system. Toxins come from the food we eat and make us feel sluggish. When we are sluggish we eat more and work out less. Losing weight is a challenge for most people, but best believe it can be done. So as you go through your day make sure you have a gallon of water, bottles, a large container or however you get your water, and bring it with you everyday and consume plenty of it. Water is awesome for anyways and will definitely speed up your weight loss process. Plus it will also make you look and feel younger.
Embrace fitness as part of the overall weight management program you follow. No matter what diet or exercise program you choose, these four simple steps will go a long way in helping you to successfully follow a weight loss diet plan.
Many are in a hurry to lose weight fast, but losing weight fast is unhealthy, and also, it is hard to maintain for the long term. A healthy and effective way to lose weight, would be to slowly but surely shed your pounds, at the rate of 1 pound per day or even a little slower, just so your body can adjust its metabolism properly. Or in other words, by dieting in this manner you will burn off fat instead of just losing water, or even worse, muscle. So you would want great guides on how its done correct. Because it would save you a lot of time, if you would want to see great results at a vary fast rate. Losing weight fast is not necessarily the best way to maintain long term weight lost. You can lose weight fast but you must be able to keep up your weight loss and not revert back to starting over again, that is the key to losing weight fast.
The best chance for you to lose weight fast, safe, easy and effectively would be for you to pick a great weight loss program, because a weight loss program that fits your requirements will help you stay organized as well as on track. It’ll also document your success. Consider key elements like your gender, age, overall health, and any thing that you choose and feel are important when looking for a plan.
Choose a plan you really can afford, one that will work with the foods from the local community. And also, I highly would advise you to receive great exercise routine guides, like what you can receive from a great weight loss program. Just because there won’t be any guess work involve when it comes down on you losing your weight correctly, plus it would help you lose your weight fast and easy. And you would be on track with your weight lost plans and goals.
Time, you have to make sure you allow enough time in order to get the work out in that your body needs in order to increase your metabolism and burn fat on overdrive. You can’t work out if you don’t have the time to work out and therefore you will be losing out on the opportunity to lose more weight as a part of your weight loss plan. Dieting alone can only take you so far, you have to workout in order to get to the next level.
Not because you have to allow yourself time to work out does it necessarily mean you have to spend hours upon hours at the gym or wherever you work out. You can do a 20 minute workout which is just as effective as 1 to 2 hour workout. The main thing is keeping your body moving and burning for as much of the overall time as you can while you are in the gym; that will give you real results and at a faster rate. You can end up spending too much time in the gym if you are not moving constantly, taking too many breaks or just talking to other gym goers. As long as you are working out and can afford to keep your energy level up you can keep going. Therefore the sooner you work out, the sooner you can get out of the gym and get on with the rest of your day.
I am going to try and highlight a few points of what an excellent weight loss program should be about, and what you should notice or look for within a program before joining. Programs that completely stops you from eating your favorite foods some days out of the week, you would want to avoid them completely. Because you would need good guides on how to balance your meal, and you would also need to perform creative work on how to exercise the right way, without extreme stress on the body so that you can keep up with your weight loss program. The key here is learning to balance everything and being consistent with your weight loss program.
What i am saying here is, that you would want to avoid any weight lost program that offers extreme guides that feels too difficult and is to hard to maintain. There are many excellent weight loss programs online, that gives great weight lost information, and guides that are easy enough to maintain and keep up with. But, there are even more programs online that are not so effective, and does not give good information. There are also enough weight loss programs that are not worth getting involve with. Some guides are just to difficult to maintain long term and therefore have a higher failure rate.
Again there are many great weight lost programs that are available, especially online ones; so you would have to know exactly what to look for within a system, that way you can ensure that it is a great program and worth getting involve with. A good program should encourage healthy behaviors, that would help you to lose weight fast, safe, effective, and also the guides would be easy enough for you to maintain. Again, you should be able to stick with your weight lost guides for a life time.
Most people don’t wanna lose weight temporarily they are looking to lose weight for a lifetime. Commit to a lifetime of healthy living that sets attainable weight loss goals is always the best way to go. The best program for you might be one that starts out slowly and has a step by step plan that takes longer, but will give the best results over time and is a lot more sustainable. Think about that the next time you decide to jump on a weight loss program, whether is an Atkins diet, a no carb diet, an all protein diet or an all shake diet. Do what is most sustainable and most comfortable for you, that usually bring the best long term results.