Trying to lose weight? Forget diets focus on sustainable lifestyle changes

I know you have heard this before, but diets don’t work! Stop starving yourself, skipping meals and eliminating food groups. If you are trying to lose weight, focusing on lifestyle changes is necessary for long-term sustainable results. Here is some information that may help guide you in the right direction.

Believe In Yourself

First and foremost believe in yourself. You cannot just want to make healthy lifestyle changes you have to BELIEVE you can and this is critical to any change in behavior. You need to tell yourself that I can make healthy lifestyle changes.

Develop Healthy Eating Habits

Developing healthy eating habits leads to healthy lifestyle changes, which can lead to sustainable weight loss. One way to do this is to make healthy eating a priority.  Our lives are hectic with work, family, school all kinds of things and because of this healthy eating is sometimes over-looked.  But, in order to develop healthy eating habits you must make it a higher priority in your life and here is how you can do it:

Planning – Healthy eating involves planning your meals and snacks. Write out a menu for the week, include a grocery list for that menu, and post it on your refrigerator. When you do the grocery-shopping load up on fresh fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and healthy fats. Buying and keeping healthy food choices in your home will make healthy eating that much easier.

Start Small – Making small food changes with every meal makes healthy eating easier to stick with. Start by setting a goal to change just one food choice, for example, eating a multi-grain bagel instead of a plain bagel or eating an orange instead of drinking orange juice, which over time can have a huge impact on your health. Learning to eat healthy doesn’t happen overnight, it takes time but it can be done, and you can do it!

Calories Count – If weight loss is your goal keep in mind calories do count!  As you are making healthy food choices remember to lose weight you need to balance the number of calories you eat with the number of calories your body uses or burns off.

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You Got To Move It!

Participating in some sort of regular physical activity is important for good health, but it is especially important if you’re trying to lose weight. According to the CDC, burning calories through physical activity, such as jogging, walking or cycling, combined with reducing the number of calories you eat, creates a “calorie deficit” that results in weight loss.

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