For many people out there today, it can seem as though the right method for weight loss is some strange and esoteric alchemical formula that only a select few are going to be able to employ. Some of the diet books and exercise gurus out there might even try to perpetuate this myth so that you follow their lifestyle – and pay for the privilege of doing so. The fact is that it is not going to be overly difficult to find the right factors that will help lead you to actual, honest to goodness weight loss. Once you see these things in black and white, they are going to seem very simple. That’s because they are simple!
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The First Factor: Determination
This area is one where most people have issues. Sure, they say that they want to start dropping weight, but they are not serious about it, at least not when it comes down to doing the work. The only way that you are going to be able to lose weight and keep it off is to have real determination and dedication to make it happen. You have to get excited about it!
You should start to develop realistic goals for your weight loss right now and make small “stepping stones” along the way to your end goal. When you are able to hit those steps, or mile markers, you will find that you are going to feel great about it, and that is actually going to help to make you even more determined to drop weight.
The Second Factor: Portion Control and the Right Food
Determination is one thing, but you are also going to need to have the willpower to change the way that you are eating. Chances weight gain does not simply creep up on us while we are eating salads and tofu! The types of food that we eat are instrumental in the way we look and feel. You need to remove the fatty and processed foods, and all of the junk food from your diet. Instead of eating those types of foods, you need to start eating more vegetables, lean meat, and fruits.
In addition, you want to make sure that the portions that you have for each of your meals is lower. Another thing that you should do is eat more times throughout the day. Instead of three large meals, you should have five or six smaller meals. This is going to keep your body working and burning calories, and you will find that it can make your body far more efficient.
The Third Factor: Get Off the Couch
You also have to do your part to burn off the calories that you ingest and to start demolishing those fat stores that you are carrying with you. The only way that you are going to be able to do that is by getting up and starting to move! You have to start getting more exercise. If it’s been some time sense you’ve had any exercise, you will want to start slowly and work your way up to more and more strenuous activities.
For some, it can be difficult to stick to an exercise program after the first few days. You will find a couple of reasons for this. First, people are not used to the pain that they feel after exercise! This will go away, and eventually you will crave exercise. You just have to stick with it. Second, some people actually grow bored with their exercise routines. By switching up the types of exercise that you are doing, this should not be a problem.
The Fourth Factor: Keeping Track
If you want to see how well you are doing with your weight loss goals, then you need to keep track of them. Start a log on the first day of your new program and monitor everything that you can. You will want to take measurements of different areas of your body, record your weight, and record how you feel. As the days go by, make sure that you are continuing to add to the log. In the beginning, the most important thing is going to be recording the way that you feel and how your new and healthier lifestyle is working for you.
Over the course of a month or so, you are going to see quite a difference. Make sure that you are taking measurements and weight every week or two, and then go back and look at the records from the beginning. When you are able to track and watch your progress, it can actually make weight loss exciting.
The Fifth Factor: Keeping at It
Losing weight is not going to happen in the span or a week. It is going to take some time, and that means that you have to be patient. Keep working at it, and you are going to find that you really can lose the weight as long as you do not give up!
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