Being open and honest is the best way to approach any challenge in life. And no less is this important than when you make a decision to make a major lifestyle change such as losing weight over a period of time. For this reason it is important to face your challenge with a realistic set of expectations.
For instance, while it is important to have an optimistic attitude at all times you must also remain realistic about the challenges ahead. Losing weight is not going to be plain sailing all the time. There may be days when cravings for certain foods are strong or when you do not feel motivated to exercise. The trick is dealing with these problems in the correct way which is calmly approaching them in a rational manner, rather than the alternative which is relating to them or giving in to temptation at the first sign of trouble.
Therefore, weight loss is more than just reaching a set physical condition. It is also about reaching a state of mind. Before you proceed with a weight loss routine you need to make sure that you are in the right place in terms of commitment, self discipline and relaxation. This is because any weight loss routine requires a commitment over a sustained period of time. That is why it is best to prepare yourself in the mind before you get started. If you get this aspect right- then you are laying the right foundations to tackle any obstacles you are bound to encounter along the way.
The latter of these things can be developed by the use of various techniques. Visualization is one of the best of these. Find a time when you can be by yourself and have access to a comfortable chair and a quiet space. Shut your eyes and breath in and out in 5 second intervals. Slowly start to picture yourself in one of the type of situations we mentioned earlier. It might be anything from walking past your favorite take-away to waking up early to go for a run. In all instances picture you either overlooking the challenge or going through the processes to deal with it. This process of visualization is used by many successful people particularly sportsmen.
Slow but steady wins the race, and because losing weight is a marathon not a sprint you need to think about how you can start to include an exercise into your life that can be sustained over the long term. One of the best ways to start is by making small changes in the first week. If you are unaccustomed to exercise then it is best to stay out of the running shoes until you are used to maintaining physical activity on a basic level.
One of the ways you can do this is through the 10000 steps challenge. Many experts agree that by taking 10,000 steps a day in conjuction with a proper balanced diet you can decrease your fat level to a noticeable degree. At a brisk pace 10,000 steps can be completed with 25 – 30 mins more than enough to fit into your lunch break.
Of course once you have introduced this level of exercise into your daily routine do not be afraid to step it up (no pun intended). The more challenges you can set yourself the less likely you are of getting bored. Exercise should be fun in essence, and here is the key. By introducing things by small degrees you will make exercise a habit to the greater that it does not even feel unusual.
There is no better way to start losing weight than in the morning at breakfast. Many people give up breakfast believing it is the easiest way to skip calories and lose weight. The truth is somewhat different however.
The thing is breakfast is the one meal not to be skipped. It plays a vital role in keeping you wide awake while boosting your metabolism to burn off the calories you put on throughout the day. Furthermore, breakfast is a very simple meal to include some of the foods useful for losing weight into your diet routine. These include wholegrain bread, oatmeal and low fat dairy products. Think creatively, for instance just from putting berries into your cereal puts you well on the way to a healthy and energetic start to the day that is far more likely going to result in you losing weight instead of putting weight on.
Through simple steps we can end up taking big leaps. Get yourself prepared mentally and make the small changes and turn a healthy lifestyle change into a habit for the rest of your life.