We all know that having an unhealthy level of weight can be a major risk to our health, but a lot of people will go for years before they do something about it. This is because they are trying to find the best way to lose weight, but the truth is that you have to decide on it, you don’t find it.
There really is no one size fits all solution that is going to work for all people in all situations. That means you are going to have to research before you choose the best way to lose weight for yourself. Let’s take a look at some of your options and think about some of the strategies and techniques that have worked for others.
First Assess Your Goals and Personality
First things first, and that means you need to figure out what you want and how you should go about it. If you are trying to lose a set number of pounds to appease your doctor then you will be approaching things differently than if you wanted to look a certain way for an important occasion. If you have a large amount of weight to reduce then you will be going about things differently than a person who is merely looking to slim down. Everybody’s different, and that applies to trying to reduce your weight as well, that is the bottom line.
If you are a real go getter who has finally decided to cut pounds and you have experience achieving other life goals then one approach for you may be a very intensive campaign to cut those pounds. If you hate pressure and feeling confined, but you still need to slim down, then you will likely need a more hands off approach to losing excess weight. Write your goals down on paper, think realistically and then choose a method that will actually work for you, not just one that sounds fascinating. Doing what you know will work is going to be better than trying what everyone keeps talking about.
Considering the Right Kind of Exercise Routine
Physical activity has to be the foundation of your plan because it does not matter what you eat if you do not burn off calories. You need to understand that one critical element for anyone is going to be based on some form of exercise whether it is swimming or tennis or working out in the gym.
The body needs muscle built up in order to burn calories and enough muscle built up will ensure that even in a sedentary resting state you are going to continue to burn calories. If you burn calories then they can’t turn into fat. Simple, right?
So your plan starts with finding a physical activity you actually enjoy and making a commitment to do it regularly. The more you engage in at least one vigorous physical activity per week, the more you will lose. The key is to pick something you will stick with and then, stick with it.
Considering the Right Diet
We have all heard the different theories on dieting and there are many good plans out there. There is a lot of great advice out there, too. If you have a military mindset then your weight loss plan may involve following a strict diet laid out for you by a nutritionist, but a lot of people are simply not going to stick with something like that. Some people do better at curbing portion sizes and eating what they want to eat.
Others do better if they get to eat larger portions even if they are not eating their favorite things. Obviously, any diet routine should include the requisite fresh meats, fruits and vegetables. You learned most of what you need to know in school, but you may want to take tips if they resonate with you.
Use common sense and remember that yo yo dieting, switching diets over and over, is actually worse for you than the worst diet out there. This means your best bet is to pick a diet that appeals to you and just stick with it, the same as with your exercise.
The Importance of Automating Yourself
Automation is big in the world of technology and there is a reason for that: it reduces the amount of work you have to do. If you give yourself a routine and you stick with it religiously, you will succeed. No matter who you are, have a plan you will actually stick with so you can avoid all of the emotional backlash that those who drop their plans end up going through.
If you exercise your ability to research first you can find good advice. If you stick to making small goals you know you are capable of completing and then advance your goals later, that is called progress. Make your routines so simple that you do them without thinking after a few weeks. If you can do this, you will be amazed at how well you succeed at losing those pounds.
If At First You Don’t Succeed
Finally, please note once again that there is no one size fits all solution for slimming down. Truly, the most successful plans are going to be the ones that work and you cannot know which plan that is until you start trying them. If you have spent months on a plan that is just not working, ditch it and try a new plan – maybe one with smaller goals.
Don’t give up too early, but if it becomes clear that a diet is not working or an exercise routine is boring you to death, try something new. Keep going until you find the diet and exercise routine you can live with for years to come. This is the way to have a slim, healthy figure for life.