If losing a lot of weight is on your to-do list, that first step can feel as though you need to figure out how to climb a steep mountain when you’ve never done it before and you don’t have any equipment. After all, the larger a goal may be, the more daunting it becomes. All you can see is the amount of work and challenge ahead of you, instead of being able to spot that walking trail that has been carved into the side of the mountain by people who have gone through the same struggles you’re currently facing.
Losing a lot of weight isn’t just a matter of eating less or popping a pill so that the fat will just drop off every week. That may be what the media – and daytime infomercials – seem to suggest, but if it were that simple, the country wouldn’t be facing its overwhelming obesity problem. Weight loss is a learning process that involves the gradual adoption of an increasingly healthier lifestyle that you will need to keep up – at least to a certain degree – for the rest of your life, if you don’t want the fat to build back on again.
Here are some fantastic tips to help you to be able to get off on the right foot as you take on this challenging but very worthwhile change in your lifestyle. This will help you to keep up your motivation, stay on track and achieve the smaller milestones along the way that will show you how great it will be when you reach your full goal. Losing a lot of weight begins with that first step!
• Walk. Whenever possible, wherever you go, walk. This is the most accessible form of exercise for most people. It feels great, forces you to get some fresh air, and it doesn’t require much equipment.
• Dump the bathroom scale. When you have a lot of weight to lose, your scale can be your worst enemy. It might seem as though it is something that will help you to track your progress, but the truth of the matter is that if you’re focused on those numbers, you’re likely not paying attention to what really matters. Losing weight over the long term is a matter of wanting to become healthier. A healthy body looks and feels great. If you’re hooked on the numbers on your scale, you’re missing the point and will make the wrong decisions because you will be trying to achieve the wrong results.
• Remind yourself that your goal is health. Indeed, you do want to lose weight and keep it off, but when all is said and done, that’s only a positive side effect of a greater goal to improve your health through nutrition and fitness.
• Hydrate. If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times. Drink lots of water. This is especially important when you’re exercising and sweating. This doesn’t mean you need to drown in huge amounts of H2O, but it does mean that you should be focusing on drinking more water throughout the day. You’ll look better, have more energy and will reduce your appetite.