How to succeed (in weight loss) without really trying

Parasites and disease aside, if you want to lose weight you are going to have to do something about it. But that something doesn’t have to be difficult! Here are a few of my favorite ideas. Edited June 6th at 12:39 — Yesterday I received my July issue of Family Circle magazine, and to my surprise they’d published an article titled “Amazingly Simple Weight Loss Tricks” which included almost all of these tips I’ve listed here.

I wrote this article on May 17th, so no, I didn’t copy them. And I doubt they copied me either (considering I hadn’t even finished putting the database together). Just consider the double dose of these tips a sign that it is exceptionally good advice! I’ve been using these strategies for almost a year now and they REALLY work.

Back to the article now! 🙂

1- Don’t try a program you can’t plan on sticking with for the rest of your life, because usually when you quit you gain everything back. The rate at which you regain usually depends on how extreme your method of loss was.

2- Really think about what you eat. Don’t eat mindlessly. Enjoy every calorie. Spend them like you’d spend a small daily budget.. make sure you get what you need, savor your indulgences, and make sure you don’t overspend. No credit cards! You don’t have to be exact with this all the time, but if you observe your caloric intake for a few days you’ll soon see what is giving you trouble. For me it was soda and sweetend juice. One little can of soda contains 180 calories. Now if I really WANT soda, I drink it, but if I’m just thirsty I choose to save my calories for something I want or need.

3- Drink water before, during, and after every meal or snack. Water helps in the process of metabolizing fat. Sometimes people get cravings when they’re really only thirsty. And stopping to drink a glass of water will give you a chance to think about how you want to enjoy your calories.

4- After dinner, dessert, and whatever evening eating you decide to do, brush and floss your teeth. If you really want to eat again, go ahead, but you’ll need to brush and floss your teeth again. You’ll be amazed at how this cuts down on mindless late night snacking.

5- Be active. Spending an hour a day at the gym helps, but so does stretching, deep breathing, taking walks, playing with the kids, gardening, taking the stairs, getting the mail, practicing good posture… you name it! If you are a couch potato, or are like me and tend to be glued to the computer, simply rememeber to get up and move around.

6- Since fast weight loss usually comes right back and slow weight loss can be really discouraging when you’re checking every day, force yourself to “EARN” the right to weigh in. So for me this means I have to have met my goals at for at least 5 out of 7 days for me to deserve to step on the scale. This has helped me tremendously.

7- BREATHE! Every day and in everything you do, remember to breathe just a little deeper. This is so simple, but the extra oxygen will help.

8- Once you’ve figured out a plan that you can do, stick with it. If you get off track now and then, simply forgive yourself and keep working at it. Don’t worry if your progress is slow, just remember that it is progress. You can’t get there if you don’t keep going!

Sometime if I get really brave I may post before and after pics to show you how these simple concepts have worked for me. But in the meantime you’ll find that if you follow them you’ll have your own before and after story to tell. I hope to hear it soon!

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