I have seen family members, friends and clients start a great workout, lose the weight and then 3 months later, they are right back where they started. Why? Usually they started a "trendy" weight loss plan or they never learned what triggered the weight gain in the first place.
- Make the decision that you are ready to change. Do not be encouraged by others. Do not jump on the "quick fix" bandwagon. Understand that this change is a lifestyle change. Find a routine and eating plan that will fit into YOUR life.
- Make a list of the reasons on how you became overweight. This will be a tough one. For some of you, it's simply from having a baby while others it could be stress, an unexpected illness, you were never taught how to eat healthy, depression or loss of a loved one. There are so many reasons and yours is unique. Find it, get help and rebuild!
- Next, talk to your doctor, weight loss specialist or personal trainer. You need to find out what is your "real" ideal weight. Please understand, the women you see in your favorite magazines are NOT your ideal weight. You can steal their hair color or buy the shoes they are wearing but not their ideal weight. Here's a great tool to get started but I do suggest getting the best information from your doctor. http://www.calculator.net/ideal-weight-calculator.html
- Start a workout that is ideal for you. If you have not exercised in a while. Getting down and doing 100 push ups on your toes is not the best thing for you to do. Working towards goals that are obtainable will help you be more successful during your journey. Break down your goals so that your ideal goals are not so far fetched. It's reasonable to believe that you can drop 2 to 3 pounds a week if done correctly and safely.
- Find a support group that understands your journey and wants to see you succeed. This if very important because swimming upstream "ain't easy"! If you are around others that don't believe that you can lose the weight, you need new peeps! It's not fair for you to eat a nice salad while they chow down on chips and soda pop right in front of you. NOT COOL, MAN! Staying positive and keeping the faith is easier to do around others who can see your goals and are willing to help you reach them.
- Understand that what you eat and HOW MUCH you eat plays a big role in weight management. The reason why programs like Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers and Nutrisystem work so well. . .the meals are served in reasonable portions. It regulates and decreases your caloric intake (if you follow the programs) with the suggested "small portion" sized meals that you receive. Yes, the soda pops (39 grams of sugar), Starbucks coffee (32 grams of sugar) and chips gotta go! Vegetables and Fruits are IN IT to WIN IT! Don't worry, once you are able to drop the weight and maintain, you can sneak a chip or two on a "ZAG" day.
- START TO MOVE!!! This was not number one because I believe weight loss is caused by something deeper. Moving means. . .talk a walk. It could be 5 minutes or 20 minutes. . .just start! Once you start to move, your heart starts pumping and blood is transferred throughout your body in a way it usually doesn't when you live a sedentary lifestyle. You want fresh blood to get to those joints and muscles so that you start to burn calories and change your metabolism.