Battling excess weight can be both difficult and frustrating. Here are four secrets that many people never know that can make weight loss a lot easier. The key to losing weight is consistency and a mindset focused on long-term success.
SECRET NUMBER ONE: talk to your doctor. This might not be a secret per se, but it is something that most people overlook. When you talk to your doctor he or she may be able to look at you health history and determine exactly what is causing your problem. In some causes, your medical condition goes beyond healthy eating and exercising. When you talk to your doctor, you can easily get to the bottom of the problem and learn helpful tips to losing weight. For example, I had a period of a few months where I had to travel a lot for my company. My doctor suggested taking a small bag of nuts as a snack, instead of eating in fast food restaurants in airports. Wham! My weight gain stopped.
SECRET NUMBER TWO: improve your posture. Ok, this may not be exactly a way to lose weight, but it certainly will make you look thinner! Good posture, whether you are standing or sitting, will immediately appear to slim your body. Don’t you stand up straight in dressing rooms when trying on clothes? This can also help with the weight loss process itself because good posture when you perform exercises will lead to more effective workouts.
SECRET NUMBER THREE: get your whole family involved. It can be very tempting to ditch the salad had have a hamburger with your husband or a taco with your wife, but if the entire family is eating healthy foods, weight loss won’t seem so depressing. Keep the junk food out of the house completely, and everyone will be healthier.
SECRET NUMBER FOUR: think about your weight in terms of everyday life. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park in the last parking spot at the mall or at work and walk to the front door. Cut out coffee and replace it with tea in the morning. Go outside to play with your children instead of staying indoors. Go out dancing instead of seeing a movie. These little things may not make a big impact on your life in general, but if you do them regularly, the burnt calories will add up and you’ll start to see real results. Your fitness IS your life. It’s not just that 30 minutes or 1 hour in the gym. It’s 24/7. Your fitness is your health and your health is your life.
These four secrets have two things in common. First, they integrate weight loss into your overall health and life. Staying fit and healthy is not something you do only at meal time or exercise time. You do it all the time. Second, they enlist the help of other people. If you think about it, gaining weight is one of the few things you can do completely on your own! But losing weight can be a combined effort of your doctor and your family and friends. Make sure everyone celebrates your victories and your goals, and helps you overcome the setbacks.