Tuesday, March 8, 2011
There are no shortcuts to weight loss.
The energy you use in your home can come from a coal-fired power station, hydroelectric power, or a wind turbine. You won’t know which because the end result is electricity. The energy that fuels your body can come from fats, proteins or carbohydrates. You won’t know which because the end result is ATP, or cellular energy,” says Cooney, concluding that “Your body will use the energy it needs and store the leftover fats, proteins or carbohydrates as fat. When you do the sums, it’s ultimately a matter of calories in and calories out.” ~ By Alan
So how do you lose weight? Eat less and exercise more. Nobody likes that answer, but continuing to ask the question isn’t going to change it.
We know that any diet will work and, for that matter, any exercise program works, provided you're burning more calories than you're eating.
The question we ask ourselves when it comes to diets or exercise programs is often: Will this help me lose weight? Chances are, whatever it is, it will. The question we may want to ask ourselves is this: Can I follow this for the long-term?
That's one reason that making lifestyle changes is one way people find long-term success.
What about you? Have you ever found yourself trying to go back to an exercise program or diet that worked for you before? If it worked, why weren't you able to stick with it? Is it time to let it go and find something you can do for the long-term?
Weight loss is all about believing in yourself and finding a program that you think works for you. If you believe in yourself it will make it that much easier for you to succeed in your journey. Here are a couple of tips to help you stay motivated on your way:
1) Set Short-Term Goals:
While it is essential to long term goals you must set short term goals as well. Why? It’s simple. If you just set long term goals then you will get disappointed and maybe quick because of a lack of results. But with short term weight loss goals like losing a 1 or 2 a week, or shaving 10 seconds off your mile time then you can see results and it will keep your eye on the prize.
2) Reward Yourself:
A good thing to do in order to continue on your weight loss path is to reward yourself with little things that you have been wanting. Take this for example. "If I stay on track and lose twelve pounds this month, then I'll buy myself that pair of heals I've always wanted." Little incentives like that can really go a long way when it comes to keeping you interested in your program.
Losing weight can be a difficult challenge for anyone but we can all succeed in the task if we are willing to put in enough work towards it. There are plenty of tips and tricks out there that you can use to your aid and conquer all of your weight loss goals. Remember that in order to lose the weight and keep it off for the rest of your life, you can't change your habits for a month or two. You need to change your habits for the rest of your life. Good luck and the best wishes along your weight loss journey.