When a person decides to try and lose weight, they have in mind a slimmer body shape and a more acceptable number displaying on the bathroom scales than they have when they start. Succeeding at achieving what the mind’s eye has provided as a preview of what should be to come is the goal and it is a goal that anyone who is serious about this should be working towards with some effort.
Losing weight is not something that should be difficult for anyone as long as they realize what needs to happen and what will happen once they get started. With this in mind, the first thing that has to be realized is that the weight will not magically drop off fast and leave the dieter dropping dress sizes week by week.
The process will happen more slowly but it will happen. And that is the most important thing to bear in mind when attempting to lose weight, especially if its for the first time.
Expecting to Lose Weight
The first step is not so much in starting the diet or getting on the exercise program, or both together (much more effective), but in getting the mental state in the right frame of awareness. This means getting positive in thought as well as expecting to succeed. Its not much good just idly wishing to be slimmer and weigh less when it is not expected, because the chances are it may never happen. But when the desired result is keenly and eagerly expected, a change in the person’s psyche occurs that spurs them on to work at their chosen strategy with a motivation that will see them through to success.
So learn to expect what is wished for and the inner, subconscious processes will work in the background pushing the slimmer towards their aim.
Learn to Eat Right
Dieting is not just a process of eating calorie restrictive meals and hoping for the best. It is a personal process of discovering exactly the right choices of foods that work best for the individual. That’s because no two people are alike in their requirements and in what will satisfy those requirements perfectly. Learning to eat right is more than merely sitting down to a generic diet plan that a company has created for its multitude of customers. While there are many good weight loss diet companies there to help anyone who needs it, like Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, Medifast or Weight Watchers etc, basic diet common sense should still prevail if you want to maintain a healthy body weight. It involves learning about nutrition and matching the right foods to personal physical needs.
Of course it involves eating as much fresh, wholesome foods as possible while avoiding all the foods that are well known for causing weight gain, such as processed foods including what are often labelled as “healthy” ready meals which are really not because they contain so many additives. It also means avoiding fast or junk foods such as hamburgers, fries, pizza, hot dogs and all those other tasty foods that are full of trans fats and other additives. Naturally, avoiding sweet things like cakes, pastries, donuts, cookies, candy and chocolate etc is part of the idea as is avoiding all soda and other flavored drinks.
Learning to be Active
Eating right is a big part of losing weight, it cannot be denied. But it is only a part of the overall process and while some success can be had by dieting alone, much better results are always achieved by those that combine a healthy diet with some daily activities and exercise. The reason for this is that the body needs to burn more of the calories than it takes in through diet in order to create a negative balance and thereby cause the body to make up the shortfall by using up its store of fat to provide the energy that the body’s muscles need to keep working.
Exercising creates that negative calorie balance by forcing the body to use far more than it is taking in when the dieter is eating a calorie controlled diet. The experts know that a person needs to consume 500 calories a day fewer than they burn in order to achieve a one pound a week sustainable weight loss figure. To achieve that, the person must either eat a very restrictive diet or exercise a lot, or combine the two so they only need to exercise moderately while eating a less restrictive diet.
The latter option is by far the best one, because it means that the process of losing weight is made easier while still being very effective. The spin off from exercising and dieting together is that the person will tone up their body and attain a much more pleasing figure thanks to the better muscle tone brought about by the exercising, as long as the exercises done target all the body and not just one or two areas.
The best all-round exercise to do is swimming because this uses all the body’s muscles while being an enjoyable way of getting that exercise. If this is not an option, then combining some aerobic exercises with dance and walking or running makes a reasonable option. This will work the body to get a more even muscle tone. This is also perfect whether it means trying to lose weight for a woman or for a man. Even getting out of the hose and walking for a good distance daily can be a great way to boost the calorie burning count.
All in all, working on the whole body from the inside out is the right way to lose weight and achieve a slender, nicely toned and great looking body which a person can show off effectively in great clothes is the way to go. Diet and exercise combined when tailored to a person’s specific needs will achieve the best results as long as the mind is positive, eager and motivated to succeed, then success will come.