Forget About Losing Weight Fast -- Just Get Started!

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Dozens of fad diets and hundreds of scams promise that you can lose weight quickly and with little to no effort by not eating any of this and consuming large quantities of something else. But according to the Mayo Clinic website, the foundation of successful weight loss remains a healthy, calorie-controlled menu plan with exercise. After all, permanent weight loss requires a much longer commitment than losing 10 pounds to fit into a favorite pair of jeans. Since no one else can lose the weight for you, it is prudent to pick a weight loss program with the goal of losing weight at a moderate rate each week.

Maybe you've found yourself face to face with a weight loss dilemma. Whether you seldom look at yourself in the mirror or never step on a scale, it isn't hard to know when you're overweight. It is easy to enjoying eating badly and to find multiple excuses for living an inactive lifestyle — "miserable but content". Then something happens as a blessing in disguise, and you realize you need (or want) to lose weight fast. Maybe your doctor has advised you to shed a few pounds, or maybe it's an invitation to that 20 year school reunion. Either way, you can effectively lose 1 to 2 pounds a week, by burning or eliminating 500 to 1000 calories more than you  consume each day. So some combination of eating a lower-calorie diet and adding regular exercise will get the job done. If you're really overweight, choose to participate in less vigorous activities (a nice stress relieving walk) until you've stopped gaining and starting losing weight.

You do not have to be a calorie counter. Maybe you've tried it before but discovered that it was too easy to fudge on the numbers. Rather than focus on how many calories you are consuming, chose to eliminate the calories that you know you really don't need. To accomplish your goal, you need to make some really simple lifestyle changes, like drinking more water (you are often thirsty, not hungry when you feel hunger pangs). Also refuse to eat just because it is time to eat. And, set a goal to cut your consumption of sugary drinks in half. For changes to your menu plan, try less fatty meats, more vegetables, limit processed foods and be creative with your seasonings.

For the first month, just ignore the scales. You will be pleasantly surprised when you discover that you have lost weight in a few weeks. That accomplishment will be highly motivating, and will help you focus on increasing your exercise (i.e. - walking further) to raise your heart rate for 30 to 45 minutes at a time. Suddenly 1 to 2 pounds a week will turn into 2 to 3 pounds a week. After all, it's just like the Metabolic Research Center says, 1 to 2 pounds a week really adds up fast and is very sustainable. 


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