Eat healthy, drink lots of water, have enough sleep and exercise. This will give you a higher chance of losing weight and improving your health, which would result to a new, healthier you.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

10 Steps If You Need To Lose Weight And Get Healthy

by Mary Janek

If you are one of the millions of people that need to lose weight and get healthy, the following steps will guide you through this complicated process.

The first step to physical fitness is "commitment" along with a realization that there are no magic pills to keep us healthy and control our weight.

Although most people hate to get on the scale and think of it as the enemy, the scale plays a significant role in the realization that is necessary to achieve success. So don't be afraid of the scale, embrace it. Make no excuses and admit your imperfections so that you can build a plan to master your own success.

If you have any health related issues, be sure to check with your doctor before using this guide or any weight loss program.

Let's Get Started:

Avoid setting goals too high! This often leads to one feeling defeated and giving up. Example: If you want to lose 20 pounds total, set your goal to lose 2 pounds a week vs 20 pounds. Be realistic and stick to your program.

  • You have to commit to some form of exercise such as vigorous walking for 30-60 minutes four days a week. You must move your body.

  • Portion your meals and eat several smaller meals daily.

  • Avoid eating in front of the television. Statistics show that people do eat more when eating in front of the tube. Sit at the table and eat.

  • Reduce sugar intake.

  • Reduce sweets by eating only half of what you normally would.

  • Avoid fried foods.

  • Start including more fiber in your diet immediately.

  • Reduce or eliminate your alcohol consumption.

  • Eat only lean meats.

  • Instead of trying to find the closest parking spot at the mall or the grocery store; park further away and walk.

    The above steps are meant to be a guide only. Success depends on you and you alone. However, a good weight loss program can maximize the chances of keeping the weight off for good, as well as providing support.

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