If you’re trying to figure out how to lose weight, you’re probably swimming in negative emotions. You wish that you looked thinner and that there was an easier path. However, if you want to succeed, you need to focus on what you can do, not what you wish you could do. Here are a few concrete ways to get started and stay on a weight loss journey.
1. Seek Professional Help
Weight loss is a medical issue because it involves changing your body’s composition. Talk to your primary healthcare provider before starting your diet to ensure that your plan is safe. For example, if you have a history of heart problems and your plan is to run for two hours a day, that’s probably not the best idea. Your doctor highlights possible roadblocks, offers tips, and gives suggestions for charting your progress.
You should also reach out to weight loss professionals outside of your family doctor. Diet companies have different programs based on a combination of healthy eating, exercising, and taking supplements. For example, the plan offered by Nu Image Medical involves three chemicals (Acarbose, Orlistat, and Naltrexone) that help lower your body’s blood sugar and fat retention tendencies. Working with a dieting company allows you to get regular feedback and follow a professionally designed plan rather than cobbling something together on your own.
2. Drink More Water – and redecorate your kitchen!
Not only is water an essential part of any healthy lifestyle, but it’s instrumental in helping you lose weight. Drinking water makes you feel full, so you’re not tempted to snack or eat so much at dinner. Because it doesn’t have any calories, once you replace your favorite soda with a glass of water, you’ve already cut back on several hundred calories. Did you know that people who keep fruit and other healthy foods on the counter or in easy reach weigh less? Find a beautiful fruit bowl and fill it with your favorite fresh, organic fruits!
3. Get to Bed Early – and redecorate your bedroom!
Going to bed is the last thing on your mind most days. After all, you have work to do, children to care for, friends to see, and chores to do. However, not getting enough sleep can sabotage your weight loss plan before it begins. When you’re low on sleep, your body thinks that you’re stressed (which you probably are). As a result, it releases cortisol, a hormone that makes you retain fat.
To start sleeping more, you must put down your phone, close your laptop, and shut off your TV for at least an hour before bed. Avoid aerobic exercise such as walking, running, and swimming at night, and do something relaxing such as reading a book, playing a board game, or crafting. If your body is digesting food, it won’t be able to sleep, so keep your meals several hours away from bedtime. Alcohol is a depressant, but it’s linked to poor sleep patterns, so skip that glass of wine before bed. Finally, caffeine from your last cup of coffee stays at a high level for up to six hours, so make sure you’re not sipping it through the afternoon. *Extra tip – research ways to decorate your bedroom for optimal sleep!
To make your weight loss plan a success, focus on these three concrete ways to shed your pounds. Thanks to Valued Voice for consulting