So you want to drop a few pounds. Join the crowd.
Weight Loss is usually what comes to most people's mind
when the word 'diet' is mentioned. Although diet and
weight loss are closely related, at least cousins, they
should be thought of separately.
Of course, with the proper diet you can lose or gain weight.
But diet is so important to good health. By starving
yourself you definitely will lose weight but if you survive,
your health may be a wreck.
For a moment forget the weight loss puddings, shakes,
powders, pills, patches, candy bars and who knows what else.
Let's concentrate on a few healthy diet tips that should help
you reach your weight loss goals and retain your health.
Tip #1: Old advice but the best: Drink a lot of pure water.
It's the best drink on the planet. Next best are fruit and
veggie juice. Be careful with the fruit juice it has a high
sugar content, even though it is 'good' sugar.
You must stay hydrated (not drowned). The body needs to
flush out what shouldn't be there (toxins, etc.). Another
benefit is that the body will feel full so less hunger
pangs, less calories, less weight.
Water helps the skin (your biggest organ) stay supple and
retains its elasticity. No one wants skin that is hanging
loosely. Water keeps the skin beautiful and radiant.
Tip #2: Set Realistic & Achievable Goals
Go back to tip #1 - Water Goal- Drink at least 6-8 8 ounce
glasses of pure, clean water every day.
Goals are very, very important. If you don't know where
you're going and where you have been you' ll definitely
end up somewhere - lost and frustrated.
Keep track of your progress and your slips, slides and
successes. Be honest: The scales, at least good ones,
don't lie, only people fool themselves.
Tip #3: Be Accountable to Someone - Not You
This tip can make or break your goals. Find someone who has
the same or close to the same goals that you do. Report
your progress to that person and do the same for them.
Criticize, complement and comment on each other's goals.
Yes, be tough but be kind. Make sure you really reveal
each others successes and set backs. Keep good records and
keep moving ahead. Speaking of moving. See the next tip.
Tip #4: Move it, move ALL of it.
Get out of the chair, off the couch and out of the house.
O.K. the weathers bad stay in the house but do some
exercise. Walk, jump rope, dance (even with yourself, put on
some 'moving music'; no one is watching). O.K. the sun is
back out. Play golf, play volleyball, kick the ball (not
the dog), play tennis, or just play something besides a
Secret: Learn to have fun (called exercise) while burning
calories. I know cleaning the house isn't exactly like
going to Disney World but you can make it fun. Put on some
music and dance your way through the house. The mop and
broom make excellent dance partners. Hot music burns
Tip #5: Go look in the mirror - Smile
"Attitude is Everything" Your attitude will motivate or
destroy everything; every goal you set.
See the positive side of your dieting. Your self control
and 'stick-to-it-ness' will raise your self esteem to new
levels. Look at your 'failures' as learning experiences
that you won't repeat. In the world of sales it takes a
lot of "no" to find one "yes" but that one yes makes all
the negativity go away.
Find your "yes". The pounds will go away also.