What if I told you that you could lose weight without going on any crazy diet plan or trying the latest diet fad? The fact is, you really can lose weight without the silly diet plans or fads! Losing weight naturally is the best and healthiest way to permanent weight loss.
If you're ready to ditch Atkins, The Zone and Jenny Craig for a natural weight loss plan, good for you! All you need to do to start losing your excess fat naturally is to make a plan. Know how much you want to lose, how long it will take realistically, and what kind of lifestyle changes you are willing to make.
If you're still unsure of how or where to begin, the following three steps are good starting point:
1. Get Moving.
I know you've heard that before, but there is a reason why it's the number one advice to dieters: it works. People who work out regularly are more likely to lose all their excess weight and keep it off than do people who skip an exercise program completely.
The science behind it is simple: to lose weight, you must burn more calories than you take in. A program of aerobic exercise allows your body to burn excess calories. Add resistance training to your program, and your body will continue to burn calories even when you are not exercising.
If beginning an exercise program looks too daunting, look for ways to add extra activity into your daily routines. Take the stairs rather than the elevator when you only have 2 or 3 flights to go up. Rather than finding the closest parking spot, find one farther away to add more walking into your day. Every little bit helps.
2. Make good health your goal.
Most people start diets because they have a certain weight or size goal in mind. They may be trying to get back into the size they were in high school for a reunion, or feel that they will really be happy if only they could be the same weight as their favorite actress or model. Unfortunately for dieters who do this, they are setting them up for failure. Why? First off, they are missing the big picture, that once they achieve their goal, they can "stop" dieting. The majority of dieters who focus only a magical number will find in time that they not only gain their weight back, but have added a few pounds extra, as well.
To truly win the weight loss war, focus on getting healthy instead of getting "skinny". Successful and permanent weight loss can only occur when we change our diet mind set to reflect this attitude. Do not think of yourself as going "on" a diet (because that implies you will go "off" and go back to eating the way that got you fat in the first place), think of yourself as changing your lifestyle with the goal of improving your health. Dieters who have done this, found themselves to be more successful at losing the weight and at keeping it off.
3. Think Before Buying a Weight Loss Pill
Ah, the weight loss pill. The magic product that will solve your fat problems forever. If you feel as though you must use a weight loss product to help you in your battle of the bulge, then choose wisely. Beware of pills that promise to burn the fat off your body – there are no herbs or plant extracts that can do that, so buying into those claims is a waste of money. There are all natural diet products out there that use plant extracts that can curve your hunger and that can bind the fat we ingest, making it easier to pass through your system, and those are the products you might want to research further.
Finally, above all else, start positive and remain positive through your weight loss plan. Your attitude can make or break your chances of success. A positive frame of mind might be all you need to reach your health goals.
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