Like everyone, I’ve had times when my weight has been heavier than I’d like it to be. Something I learned years ago is that it’s simple to take control of your weight – as long as you actually want to do that.
If you don’t have the willpower to make a decision and act on it, nothing you do will ever be truly effective.
Now that’s said, here’s the 5 easy ways to lose weight:
- Eat less
- Excercise more
- That’s it
- No, really
Yeah, so there are actually only two ways. But those items are fundamental to reaching your goals.
This is where a lot of folks go wrong. If you attempt this with the wrong mindset, you might lose weight in the short term, but you’ll probably put it back on and more in the longer term:
- People on diets typically lose 5 to 10 per cent of their weight in the first 6 months.
- But 33 to 66 per cent regain more than what they lose within 4 to 5 years.
Don’t go on a diet. Change your diet.
- Cut out a regular snack or indulgence
- Replace a meal with a bowl of cereal or a salad (without a calorie-rich dressing)
- Reduce your portion sizes little by little
The key is that this isn’t a temporary change, it’s something you commit to. You don’t have to give up all your treats, but make them just that – treats. If you make this a natural part of your life, your body will respond and you will be satisfied with less.
Get out there and do something. Walk for 30 minutes. Do push-ups before you go to bed. Take the stairs.
Don’t make excuses why you can’t fit exercise into your life, you can always do one of something every day. Let’s say you want to do pushups – do at least one every single day. If you miss a day, you should feel like you missed out. Exercise isn’t punishment, it’s one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself.
You have to become someone who loves to exercise. This doesn’t mean that you have to go to the gym for 3 hours at a time, just that exercise should be your release, your reward.
I bought a fancy new set of scales, and I didn’t like what I saw. I was heavier than my ideal, and my body fat was on the edge of acceptable – something I didn’t want to accept when looking in the mirror. I made a commitment to myself to change this. Two weeks later I had lost 7lbs and 1.5% body fat.
If you make these principles part of your self, they will work – guaranteed. Or you can ignore this, go from diet to diet, watch your weight yo-yo, and stagnate. It’s your choice, no-one else can make it for you.