• 22Aug
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    Key factors in losing weight

    Losing weight can happen with baby steps. There is no need to totally over haul your life in order to get healthy. There is no need to not indulge in your favorite foods once in a while. Losing weight does not mean you cannot have fun. It doesn’t mean you become someone else. Follow these simple steps to lose weight, easily and for good.

    Drink More Water

    One thing that is always true in the surveys is that obese people do not get enough water. The truth is most people today will confuse thirsty with hunger. The general recommendation is to water one to two glasses of water, and if still hunger after ten to fifteen minutes, then eat a small snack. Human beings need at least eight glasses of water a day. This is the minimum and the standard for an average sized person. The best way to know how much water to drink is to take your body weight and divide by two. That is how many oz you need daily.

    Avoid Artificial Sweeteners, White Sugar, and Refined Carbohydrates

    Carbohydrates are the foundation of most of the World’s diet. They should make up only 40% of our diet, yet in most parts of the world they make up at least 60 if not 75% of the diet. Think of the typical breakfast. One may see pancakes, syrup, hash browns ( or some other potato), oatmeal, and maybe eggs. In order to lose weight it must be balanced. A better choice would be eggs, turkey bacon, and oatmeal. Artificial sweetener is another bad idea. We have gotten used to the fact it is calorie free so we think it is okay to use it. Many people drink diet soda thinking it is healthy. A new study suggests that regular soda is much better for you than diet soda. Artificial sweetener is also a typical migraine trigger. This is important to know for those of you (myself included ) that suffer from migraine disorder.

    Stay active

    Exercise does not have to be hard. It can be fun. If you do not enjoy it, true is you will always find a way not to do it. Find an activity you enjoy. There are so many options. One can choose from jogging, aerobics, kick boxing, marital arts, walking, weights, circuit training, cross training, and bicycling. These are just a few of the options. I have used my daily activity by playing in the park with my kids. Or walking my dog. The options are endless. The important part is just being active. Get your heart rate up and keep it up.

    Let’s face it, we all have reasons to quit. We have busy lives. What separates the dedicated from the others is they keep pushing through when life gets out of control. They keep trying new things. They will get up when knocked down. They will never quit trying even if they tried one million times. They believe they can succeed, the faith in themselves will help them achieve their goals.

    Just for today say to yourself, “ I can do this”. Just for today believe you are a warrior. Just for today thank God for all that you have. To quote Buddha “ In order to choose the path to walk, you must first become the path”. Become that path, control your destiny. Become a fit person inside and out!