The secret is there are no miracles. I finally got tired of being overweight. I decided to do something about it. First, I had to unlearn everything I learned. As a person who has suffered a lifetime of failed weight loss, I have fallen short of achieving my goal more times then I can count. Yo-yo dieting, various pills, shakes, bars, and supplements - you name it, I tried it. Over the years, I have spent more money on dead end, "quick fix" diet plans that were always unsuccessful. I got sick of feeling tired, depressed, and frustrated with my weight so I finally made the decision to focus my energy into making serious changes. First, for my health and second, to see my kids grow up.
I finally realized the only person who could help me was me. And the same goes for you. It's important for you to take a proactive role in making changes in your lifestyle. Forget everything you think you know about food and dieting. All the diet pills, latest fad diet programs, books on crash dieting make you fail because it becomes almost impossible for you maintain the diet. If the program requires low-calorie, low-fat, low-carb eating; your energy levels will crash, you'll most likely gain the weight right back and then some. Eating more nutritious foods provides you with more energy and better health. There are safer ways of losing weight, staying healthy and do it the right way.
Three important factors that aide in weight loss are what you eat, how much you eat, and then how much exercising you're getting. Although it may seem easy to monitor calorie intake and exercise regularly, it is not always effective especially if the person doing it is not determined and disciplined enough. For you to achieve your weight loss goals here are some tips you might find helpful in jump starting your weight loss journey:
1. Eat more smaller meals. Huh? What that means is eating smaller amounts more frequently (4-6 meals per day). Doing this keeps your metabolism up and allows you to burn more calories, resulting in weight loss.
2. Aim for gradual weight loss, don't expect it to happen overnight. Experts recommend losing 1-2 pounds per week. More is great but too much will leave you tired and cranky.
3. Selecting healthy foods will go along way towards achieving your weight loss goal. It will also help you develop a well-balanced diet as well as good eating habits. Avoid processed foods and eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains (they really aren't that bad!).
4. Most people don't know how many calories they should be taking in and no idea how many they're actually taking in.
5. Drink 8 glasses (64 fluid ounces) of water daily to maintain hydration and cleansing of the body. Amazingly, if you drink a full glass of water, about 20 minutes before your meal, it would aid in feeling full, subsequently, reducing your food intake.
I know this seems like a lot to take in, but even changing one small thing in your diet (i.e. choosing to eat whole grains instead of white) can make the starting difference. This can give you the jump start to making changes in all areas of your diet.
Remember, it's a marathon not a sprint. The safer ways of achieving your weight loss goal are not through gimmicks or extreme dieting, only what mother nature intended. You'll have more energy, higher confidence, and be a better more healthy you. Now you have the secrets to becoming a weight loss success story.
Isabel De Los Rios, is the author of the popular e-book "The Diet Solution." It is a program that gives detailed descriptions on what fat is exactly, truths about calories, and helps in determining your specific metabolism to purchase precise foods best for you. It also includes complete and detailed shopping lists, delicious and quick receipes, serving sizes, and daily meal plans. You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain! Get started today!