Many individuals that start up a workout program and aspire to ‘lose weight’ are usually setting themselves up to fail before they have even begun. They aim to ‘lose weight’ but don’t set out goals on how to achieve it. How much weight? By when? From where? The four e’s guide is a quick tip guide to help focus the mind on what is required to successfully shed the pounds and achieve success.
According to many weight loss experts, dieticians and even doctors. Losing weight is 90% mental and only 10% physical. Some even say that the key to a successful weight loss program begins in the brain. If this is true, then your first workout should be in the mind.
You should firstly evaluate your reasons for losing weight and what you want to achieve from it. Ask yourself the kind of things you’d expect to ask others, Do you want to look good? Do you want to be healthy? Do you want to live longer? Or maybe you want all three and to feel great about yourself.
When you have decided your main reasons to begin a weight loss program, grab a pen and paper and jot it down. Then write down what changes you plan to make in order to achieve your goal. Always have an overall target to reach but make sure you set small goals such as lose two pounds in two weeks, small goals will be easier to achieve therefore keeping your motivation up.
Keep a calendar handy to track your progress, do weekly weight checks and even track what type of foods you have eaten. Updating a calendar with your weight each week is a visual reminder that what you are doing is working. This is also an incredible motivator because when its there in black and white its harder to quit.
When it comes to making any changes in your life, habits are very hard to change. Worst of all is eating habits, you make so many choices everyday. It’s very difficult not to continue eating small snacks and pretty much whatever you like. For successful weight loss you must learn what types of food to eat, what times of day are best to eat and portion control.
Get to know the healthy eating habits that make weight loss easier, low-fat, high-fibre, high protein. All essential to effective weight loss as well as drinking plenty of water. One of the best tips for anybody to learn is to keep hydrated because sometimes thirst can be mistaken for hunger. Always eat lots of green leafy vegetables and never skip meals, especially breakfast.
Have a set weight loss exercise plan that’s manageable and appropriate, success must be possible. If you are new to working out, don’t get an exercise plan that is too demanding. Concentrate on an exercise you’ll enjoy and will stick to, walking is obviously the best and easiest to start out with. Walking has no impact on your joints and skeleton, it also has the mental stimulation of getting out and interacting with the world outside. Once you are comfortable with your ability to walk a great distance change it to running for a better calorie burn.
At the same time, if you are one of those people who don’t like the thought of exerting themselves, there are forms of low impact weight loss alternatives. Yoga, hypnosis and meditation are all great for weight loss. Yoga is excellent for those who also want a home workout program, searches on the Internet will provide different positions for you to learn. Stick to it and steadily take off pounds, tone your muscles, tune up your mind and gain fabulous flexibility that makes you look great.
Perhaps the most important aspect of any weight loss program is enjoyability. Even those who hate exercising can find an activity they’ll enjoy. The important thing about enjoying an exercise is the motivation you’ll be able to maintain. Gather a group of friends and play a game of football, basketball or even take a relaxing hike. Check out forms of energetic dance such as Zumba, go with a friend so you can track each others progress. Knowing you have someone following your successes and failures always pushes you to do better.