How many diets, diet pills, and/ or weight loss gimmicks have you tried in the past only to realize a week or two later that they simply don’t work. These fad diets and weight loss aides quite often empty your wallets providing only false promises rather than lasting results. It’s easy to get pulled into the advertisements you see on television of the overweight, pale, no makeup “ before person” side by side with a made up, tanned and toned “after person”. These offers attract us, because many people want to believe there is a magic pill or program, that will provide results without exercise or a change in eating habits. The truth is that losing weight requires hard work, willpower, exercise, and a change in food choices. The key is to make healthy lifestyle changes that will optimize your metabolism, improve your fitness level, and overall health.
One of the most important changes to make when losing weight is learning to make better food choices. Start by gradually eliminating processed foods from your diet and finding healthy substitutions that you enjoy. Experiment with recipes using lean meats, fresh fruits, and vegetables. You may be surprised to find that you look forward to shopping for groceries each week and creating new menus to explore. Once you discover healthier options, begin to incorporate those foods into weekly menus to help keep you on track. Get the entire family involved so that everyone can begin to develop better lifestyle choices. Consider purchasing a few recipes books that are geared towards clean eating for new ideas. It’s important to find good food choices and recipes that are satisfying to help avoid junk foods and to help you develop better eating habits.
In addition to changing your eating patterns; it is important to increase your activity level. Learn to incorporate exercise into your daily life. The choices are endless. You can participate in sports, play games with your children, use at home fitness DVD’s or go to the gym. The key to being successful with both your food choices and exercise is to find options that you can stick with, making it a permanent, lifestyle change.