Losing a Lot of Weight: Tips for Success
Are you getting sick and tired of trying different diets and not seeing any results? Or, are you stressed and anxious every time you hear an ad or read a news story about the latest and greatest diet, designed to help you lose weight quickly for swimsuit season?
If you are struggling with losing a lot of weight, know that this struggle can be long, hard and very demoralizing, particularly if you have tried several times with limited results. Perhaps then what you need instead is to adjust your outlook first.
Losing weight effectively, particularly a lot of weight, is a big commitment. Just like getting out of debt, working toward a PhD, or managing your professional life. Once you adapt the mindset of treating weight loss like a longterm goal instead of several months of diet torture, then you’ll be better equipped emotionally to commit and stick with it.
Here are some steps to take before attempting a big weight loss goal.
See a Medical Professional First
Before attempting a weight loss plan, particularly one over a long period of time, make sure to get your doctor’s permission first. Some diets are unhealthy to follow over a long period of time and may not give you the results you want. Instead, consult with your physician so you can both work out a plan that involves healthy amounts of dieting and physical activity. You may also benefit from meeting with a nutritionist, who can give you targeted advice about eating the right foods.
Choose a Diet Carefully
When choosing a diet, select one that suits your eating habits, tastes, and will be possible for you to follow over time. There is a wide variety of diets and methods to choose from, everything from vegetarianism to taking hcg drops and limiting your food to 500 calories per day. Take some time and do some research to find one that suits you.
Practice Gentle Exercise at First
Finally, no weight loss plan should be attempted without at least some physical activity. Start by gently introducing some exercise into your life, such as always taking the stairs instead of the elevator, try to walk twenty minutes per day, or taking an extra lap around the supermarket. These things add up, and before you know it you will feel well enough to try other things, such as a yoga class, a daily jog, or fitness classes at the gym.