Keeping weight within optimal levels can be one of the best things that you can do for your overall health, wellbeing, longevity and self esteem. It is not unusual to have a challenge with attaining and maintaining a desired and healthy weight in the modern busy lifestyle.
There are many easy and helpful tips to assist in the challenge of natural weight loss. The main areas to consider are food intake (both adjusting choices and monitoring intake amounts), burning calories with energy expenditure such as exercise or general activity level, increasing muscle mass to thereby increase metabolism, and taking natural supplements to support weight loss.
The basic premise of weight loss is to be using more calories than the amount being consumed. It is a simple principle, like considering the debit and credit of a financial account.
Adjusting food intake is one of the simplest ways to progress towards weight loss, and yet it can be one of the hardest to conquer. The first step is to make daily records of food consumed over a few days to a week. Then review to see where significant adjustments could be made. Just by cutting out a few high calorie snacks, you can be making great strides towards your weight loss goals.
Next look at foods that could be substituted with alternate option food with more nutrition and lower calories. Also, review food intake in terms of portion control. By reducing portion sizes, you can still enjoy your meals without over eating. Our society has developed a habit of eating far more than our bodies need.
We also consume many hollow calories. Make your calories count in terms of nutrition. Use your food choices for good nutritional value in the calories you consume.
Exercise can be a challenge in the weight loss regime. When having a struggle with decisions about food intake, just consider how much exercise would be needed to burn off the calories in that snack that is tempting you!
Do not attempt to start straight in on an intensive exercise regime. Apart from the fact that it could be harmful to suddenly undertake heavy exercise, it also is a very daunting prospect. If you expect to suddenly be doing a heavy workout schedule you could be setting yourself up for being disappointed with yourself by not being able to achieve what you had hoped.
If you over commit yourself on exercise programs, you are more likely to feel overwhelmed and give up on it.
It is far better to start with short, regular exercise, and gradually increase the length of exercise sessions.
You could start with just ten minutes at a time, and as you achieve this and increase in small increments, you will be achieving positive success.
It is not necessary to have a large expenditure on gym equipment or training. Initially, you just have to get active. You may have a preferred activity, but if not, walking can be a good way to start.
If the weather is good, you may like to walk in the local neighbourhood, parks, walkways, etc, but if not you could just walk repeated laps around your backyard, or if in an apartment building, challenge yourself to walking up and down the stairwells, gradually increasing the amount and time.
If you are limited to indoors, you could even give yourself a walking-on-the-spot session, perhaps in front of the television as you watch your favourite show. Your session could become quite creative, as you add star-jumps, air-punches, squats, skips, etc.
Increasing your muscle mass will increase your rate of burning up calories. To increase your muscle mass, you can work on basic exercise to build muscles. To increase your rate of building muscles, add weights to your exercises.
It is not necessary to purchase weights, you can substitute, such as holding food cans, or plastic bottles weighted with sand or water, in your hands while exercising.
To boost your rate of burning calories, there are natural supplements that can give a substantial advantage in the weight loss process. It is well worthwhile to utilize these to achieve results even more rapidly.
Make sure to weigh and measure yourself before you start, and perhaps take a before photo, so you will have a point of reference to compare and note the progress you have made.
An important note is not to weigh yourself too often. There can be fluctuations in weight during the day and also day to day. As muscle mass increases, the muscle weighs more than fat, so the weight results may not reflect the full achievements being attained.
A good indication of results is the change in clothing. As clothing becomes looser and you become aware of the trim changes you will become aware of the your figure trimming up. Energy levels will generally be feeling higher as weight is reduced and lifestyle is becoming healthier.
As eating habits are changed, you should find you are more disinclined towards eating hollow calorie foods, and more drawn to eating fresh, healthy food choices.
It is good to reward yourself for incremental steps in achieving your goal, but the rewards should not be an over indulgence in calories that will undo the good work achieved.
Instead, give yourself rewards such as time out to luxuriate in a hot bath, a massage, or a special purchase perhaps of clothing that would not have been considered before becoming the new trim you! Plan social outings with the confidence of how much more healthier, trimmer, and radiant you are becoming.
Know that not only are you becoming trimmer, more energetic, enjoying life more, and improving in self esteem, also, and even more wonderful , is the knowledge that you are improving your health and increasing your prospect of an enjoyable, long and healthy life.