12 Facts For Weight Loss Beginners
Fact 1: Get Ready for Big Changes
To lose weight effectively, you will have to permanently change four aspects of your life:
1.) What you eat
2.) How you eat
3.) Your behavior toward food
4.) Your activity level
Losing weight can be hard work if you do it the wrong way. Keeping it off can be just as hard, and even more difficult if you don’t have a system in place.
Success is completely in your own hands if you’re serious about weight loss.
Fact 2: Your Weight Is Important!
Your weight affects you in many ways other than your appearance: Your overall quality of life, self-esteem, health risks, depression...
Think of all the positive changes you can experience by losing weight and it’ll make it a whole lot easier for you.
Fact 3: Get Real with Your Goals
You shouldn't set your sights too high like losing 30 pounds in 10 days.
Small goals (e.g. 5 pounds; 10 percent of your current weight) are far more attainable and easier to stay focused on, especially when you start to lose a pound or two a day.
Fact 4: A Calorie is a Calorie is a Calorie
No matter which way you look at it, 3,500 calories is one pound lost. Whether you take in 500 fewer or burn 500 more calories a day, by the end of the week you’ll be one pound lighter if you’ve reduced your intake of 3,500 calories.
Fact 5: The Only Diet that Works is the Diet You Stick To
You won’t stick to a diet that is comprised of foods you do not like. Choose your plan carefully. Do a trial period before investing a lot of money on something like pre-packaged foods.
With our weight loss program, all you have to do is change your mindset and it’ll work.
Once you've tried out a diet a week or so, you should ask yourself how long you can live this way. If you can’t imagine staying on a particular plan until you reach your goal weight, try something else. Going on and off the same plan again and again leads to yo-yo dieting. Don’t do this. It’s not good.
Fact 6: Don't Weigh in Too Often
Your weight will fluctuate from day to day. That weight is mostly water. Resist the urge to weigh yourself on a daily basis, as doing so will discourage you. Weigh yourself once a week at the same time of day.
Fact 7: Fend Off Emotional Eating
You need to plan alternative strategies to cope with emotional eating. Many people with weight issues have the habit of eating in response to emotions and stress. Be ready. If you feel this is something for you to focus on, here are some tips to help you overcome the challenges.
Fact 8: A Real Problem with Real Risks
The dangers of being overweight are real: diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and heart disease are life-threatening health risks for the obese. When your motivation wanes, keep these diseases in mind.
Fact 9: There Are Some Things You Cannot Change
Factors such as genetics, ethnicity, your environment, your job, physical hindrances from exercising, etc., can affect your weight management efforts. Accept that there are some things you can’t change and drive on. You can always find excuses as to why you’re not able to lose weight. Just focus your efforts entirely on losing that fat that’s been hanging on for a while. You won’t regret it.
Fact 10: Your Body Will Change Over The Years
Your ultimate goal should be a realistic one. Some of us will never fit into that wedding or prom dress again. Some guys will never fit into their favorite jeans or pair of slacks again unless they take this weight loss program serious. Remember this. Our bodies change with time and that’s not usually for the better. When setting your goals, settle for a weight that is healthy for you now, not years ago.
Fact 11: Balance is the Key
Diets with too-severe restrictions like too few calories or entire food groups being omitted often lead to binges and uncontrollable cravings. Choose a moderate diet that works for you. If you have any questions on this, speak to the doctor.
Fact 12: You Need a Pep Talk Every Now and Again
Bottom line: Losing weight isn't as easy as everyone says it is, but it’s not that difficult either if you have a program in place that works. There is no magic pill or quick fix for long-term, healthy weight loss.