If you’re overweight or obese, losing weight should be done no later than right now. The time that you waste not losing weight is time that you’re putting yourself at risk for numerous health problems like heart diseases, cancers, stroke and diabetes. If you want to live a longer and fuller life, you should begin thinking healthy and part of this is weight loss.
Some people stubbornly think that just because they don’t feel anything wrong right now, being fat isn’t doing anything bad to their body. WRONG. Obesity kills, it’s that simple. The fats that on your body are working its way into your arteries, causing high blood pressure and the plaques that can break off may lead to strokes if you’re not careful. The high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood can also cause a number of health concerns. Do you notice yourself getting out of breath easily, getting tired easily and having a condition called sleep apnea? These are all because of your excess weight.
In order to be successful in your weight loss journey, it helps to have a plan. Identify your goals for losing weight and take note of these tips:
- Set realistic goals—instead of aiming for a stick thin figure in one month, why don’t you first aim to lost a couple of inches off the waistline in 4 weeks? Setting realistic goals manages your expectations and cuts your achievements into bite sized chunks that are easier to accomplish.
- Consult with your doctor—safety first, especially if you’re obese and are suffering from certain medical conditions. Your doctor would be able to tell you if the fitness regimen that you are planning is safe or if there are any adjustments that need to be made.
- Clear your fridge and food shelves—cut out what’s not healthy and stock up on healthier foods. Get rid of junk foods, candy bars and processed foods and instead re-stock with fruits and vegetables, fish, grains, beans and other nutritious items. Having these foods available in your pantry will make it easier to resist temptation.
- Keep a weight loss journal—write everything down and track your progress week after week. Even small changes can act as big motivators.
- Start small—don’t push your body to do routines that are beyond what it is capable of. For instance if you’re not used to running, why not try brisk walking instead.
- Exercise with a friend—it’s always more enjoyable to do an exercise if you have someone else to do it with. Friends can act as distractions from tiredness and you’ll find that you have run a better distance just by having company. They can also act as motivators for when you’re feeling lazy of when you feel like giving up mid-jog.
- Rest when your body needs it—exercise and weight loss shouldn’t be done to the point where your body has reached its limits. Leave that to the seasoned athletes. You should learn to listen to your body enough to know when it needs to rest or if there are any injuries that need medical attention.