When people decide to lose weight, they automatically think of dieting. The word "diet" is almost a bad word, alluding to depressing, tasteless dinners and a long list of rules. Many focus on cutting calories and finding ways to get around restrictions.
Lazy dieters tend to look for the easy way out. They may turn to easy microwave dinners to cut calories, instead of considering the nutritional value of those calories. This limits and sometimes eliminates essential vitamins and minerals.
A lazy mindset can make you lose sight of the key to permanent weight loss: a lifestyle change. Find out what works best for your body and your way of life. Here are three easy steps to get you started:
1. Prepare your mind.
Set your goal and stick with it. Determine what you need to achieve it. Do not think about failure as an option. Have a mantra for your weak moments, as well as family and friends to keep you accountable and encourage you along the way.
2. Focus on nutrients, not calories.
Eat foods that will improve your health, not just empty calories. Choose foods that contain protein and fiber. Protein can build and maintain muscle while fiber can keep your system clean and running well. Prepare your own meals and limit eating out to once or twice a month. This helps you control what you put into your body.
3. Move around.
Get off the couch. The only way to lose weight is to burn more calories than what you take in. Start out small; do not expect too much of yourself at first. Work your way up slowly. Keep your final goal and your mantra in mind.
As you try these life modifiers, evaluate your progress.
- How does this make me feel?
- Do I feel better than I did last week?
- How about since last month?
Put these steps to the test and modify them to fit your lifestyle. Before you know it, you'll be on your way toward reaching your ideal weight.
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Macey Staker is interested in holistic health and natural nutrition.