Looking for weight loss tips to help you enjoy food and lose weight naturally?
You’ve probably tried a diet or two in your time. You may have lost weight, looked and felt great, at least for a while. And then…
You returned to eating and living the way you did before you started the diet. The weight came back on, maybe even more than before you started dieting.
That’s because most diets focus on food and quick results. Eat fewer calories than you burn and the pounds come off. It’s simple. Except it doesn’t take your life into account.
You have responsibilities, daily stresses, and social pressures. The way you deal with them has become so habitual, you don’t even think about it. You may eat under stress, skip meals or not take time to have healthy food options on hand.
Habit is a powerful force. Which is why, for most of us, the instant transformation doesn’t last. Most women who become thin for life do so gradually. By slowly integrating these weight loss tips into your life, you can too.
Weight Loss Tips – What It Takes
Permanent weight loss means changing your lifestyle…Increasing the amount of physical activity you do. Adopting a more nutritious way of eating. Learning to handle life differently, instead of turning to food for comfort. Discovering what true physical hunger feels like. Accepting that lasting change takes time. Learning to be less concerned with results and enjoy the process of change.
Weight Loss Tips – Getting In Shape
The more you move the easier it is to lose weight and keep it off. Physical activity increases the number of calories you burn, boosts your energy, improves your mood and raises your confidence.
Few women are able to lose weight and keep it off without being active. At 50-plus your physical needs and abilities differ from those of younger women. Too often we jump back into physical activity trying to do and be what we were in our 20’s or 30’s. These weight loss tips help you succeed in becoming more active and minimize the risk of injury…
Get a checkup if you are over 69 years of age and/or have physical issues that would limit your ability to be more active.
Take a little time to assess your current activity level. This allows you to set realistic goals and choose activities appropriate for any physical issues you may have.
Know yourself. Choose activities you enjoy or have always wanted to try. Consider if you like being outdoors or in, alone or with friends. What time of day do you feel most energetic? Are you ready to set aside a large block of time or would shorter more frequent intervals work better for you?
Maybe you don’t like formal exercise. No problem, plan to garden, do your own housework, go dancing, have a picnic and play croquet or badminton. Or keep it simple by buying a pedometer and measuring how many steps you take each day, then set a goal to increase your number of daily steps.
Set goals. Whatever method you choose for becoming more active, you need a plan. Be realistic, don’t select a goal you won’t be able to stick with over the long haul. Choose the amount of activity you can reasonably handle right now. Set SMART goals (specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic and time-based).
Don’t go it alone. Even if you prefer to exercise alone, telling family or friends about your plans and goals and asking for their support can help you stay the course.
Make time. Pick the days and times you’ll be active and schedule it into your day by entering it in a planner or on the calendar.
Monitor your progress by keeping an activity log. This helps keep you motivated and increases the likelihood you’ll be successful.
Reward yourself. Buy yourself a small gift or give yourself the gift of time doing something you love. Find some way to acknowledge your efforts and congratulate yourself for a job well done. Do this at least once a week, even daily in the beginning.
Plan to overcome. No matter how diligent you are, there will be times life throws you curve balls. Knowing and planning for this is what creates long-term success.