Everybody knows that in order to successfully lose weight one should have a good work-out regimen and a healthy diet. But we continue to hear people complain about diet plans they follow that only seem to be effective for a couple of weeks and leave them gaining more weight in the long run. Until people realize that the success of failure of any diet lie entirely on their hands, they will forever be stuck with fad diets that yield no results.
Diet plans are exactly what they are, just plans unless people mobilize themselves and implement their plan. There are ways to create a well balanced plan that is easy to carry out and will definitely yield good results. The key is commitment, this is the only element that seems to be lacking in people trying out fad diets.
Having the right frame of mind is the first step. Your entire fitness plan should be anchored on a personal goal that can motivate you to stick to the program. Think of the activities you are missing out on by carrying that excess weight on your body as well as the potential health hazards you have been exposing yourself to. The improvement of your overall personal image is a strong motivator.
Goal setting is the next step. Be sure the goals you set are doable and realistic. You cannot aim to lose 20 pounds in a week’s time, you may be able to accomplish it but at a high cost to your personal health. Always start small and work your way up. Being able to closely monitor you progress will give you all the fuel you to keep going.
If you are not a heavy drinker of water, then start developing the habit. Steer clear of sodas and juices. You have to be able to drink at least a liter of water daily or a minimum of eight glasses. The recommended volume of fluid intake daily is 3 liters for men and 2.2 for women or at least an average of ten 8-ounces.
When it comes to your food intake it is recommended that you split your meals from three main full meals to about 5 or 6 small meals throughout the day. Stick to wheat and not refined ingredients. There are several wheat products in the market including bread and pasta. Also learn how to count your calories and be sure you are taking only what your body needs. There are several sites offering a calorie calculator that computes the number of calories you need based on your own basal metabolic rate.
Lastly, exercise is something you cannot forgo. You can make it more interesting by not sticking to a work-out. You can dance, ride a bike, jog or do brisk walking. Turn every opportunity to move into a work-out. If you need to go up two floors, go for the stairs instead of the elevator. Park far away from your building and walk the rest of the way.
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