It’s summer and while everyone is busy soaking up the sun and enjoying the beach, you’re looking at yourself in the mirror, horrified to learn that you’ve packed on a few pounds during the winter. So, what do you do? Panic, feel awful and sulk about your weight gain all day long? No, that’s not right. Do you cry about it for hours, and finally after all the tears have dried go out and buy new clothes a size or two larger? No, that’s not right either.
It’s time to realize that you need to do something about your weight and while you may not like it at first, you have to get on a weight loss program and lose those extra pounds so you can not only feel better about yourself and your body, but so that you can become healthier, happier and more confident.
The first thing you’ll probably think you have to plan is your diet. Everyone has to try out a diet that works, but unfortunately, not everyone has the self discipline or motivation to carry through with it until the very end. With the desire to look attractive and healthy in sight, you have to embark on a diet that not only changes what you eat, but changes the way you go about life. It’s a change for the rest of your life—not just a short-term goal until you lose the 10 or 15 pounds you packed on during the winter.
In order to get the body you deserve, and look radiant and beautiful as ever, you need to start off with a wholesome lifestyle change and the first step is to start counting your calories. Women looking to lose weight should be aiming at around 1200-1400 calories a day, while men should be aiming for 1500-1800 calories a day. Of course, these figures are just estimates and it all depends on how active your life is. For you to lose weight, you have to make sure that the calories you consume are less than the calories you burn.
If you eat junk food every day, have a kitchen full of pre-packaged foods and soft drinks, you may find yourself gaining weight effortlessly. You may also have realized that these foods suck the energy right out of you and make you feel lazy, tired and very un-energetic which can also affect the mood and make you depressed, unhappy or irritated most of the time.
Little do most people know that gaining as little as 5 pounds could cause serious fatigue and cause heart complications which make you weak and tired. One of the main aspects of losing weight is making sure that you pay attention to the portions you eat and the type of food you consume. Only eat when you’re hungry, not when you’re bored, sad, angry or nervous and make sure to stop eating the moment that you feel full. Forget about that old adage where you shouldn’t leave a mouthful on your plate—if you feel full stop eating and leave the rest for later. Bit by bit, you’ll start to learn your body’s demands and you’ll be serving smaller portions that you can finish.
Even those controlling how much you eat and what types of food you eat are both a great start at shedding the pounds, and looking and feeling healthier, you also have to exercise. I know, “exercise” is such a dreadful word that reminds us all of why we hated P.E. at school when our teachers would make us do 50 pushups or 10 laps around the field. No one wants to “exercise” or have to go to the gym every other day and work out for hours. It seems so boring, right? That’s why you can turn your exercises into activities you can actually enjoy. If you don’t enjoy the gym because it can get lonely, why not try joining a a boot camp? Having someone with you to chat to, impress and challenge can be a great motivator. If the gym scene is not your thing at all? No problem! Since it’s the summer, why not do some fun activities, like take a stroll down to the beach and swim for half an hour, play some volley ball or ride your bike? Working out, exercising and getting that much needed movement in your life can be easy if you don’t look at it as if it’ll bite you—make an effort, it’ll be well worth it in the end and you might just enjoy yourself and make it a regular habit, even long after you’ve lost the weight!
So you’ve got the food and exercise controlled, the next step is to consider how much water you’re consuming. Water is one of the most crucial factors of successful weight loss, and if you’re drinking too much soda or alcoholic beverages, you can be significantly contributing to your weight gain. Water is not only refreshing, but it’s one of the best ways to get your metabolism rate moving and help you drop the pounds naturally.
Don’t go around trying every crash diet you can find—their results are only temporary and many of them are very dangerous to your health. Don’t complicate what is actually really very simple, find a diet plan that works for you, add a decent amount of workout into your daily schedule and get enough water and rest and you’re all set to be looking fabulous this summer!
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