Beginning Your Weight Loss Journeys

By Robert Ghering


Losing weight is something many people struggle to do for various reasons. While body image and self-esteem are certainly oft-cited reasons, there are also many heath benefits to losing weight. The most common are reductions in risk of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Losing weight helps lower cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure, all of which are beneficial when regulated. Fortunately, there are several easy steps that anyone can do to begin their weight loss journey. These are small changes that anyone can make to their life which will help them skip the crash diets and begin to nourish and feed their bodies.

Forget crash diets, intensive exercise programs and counting calories. These weight loss programs can help you lose a few pounds but you will not be able to follow these unusual diets or exercise programs for very long. The best way to lose weight is to adopt better habits for good. Your goal is to transform your lifestyle, not to go on a crash diet for a few weeks before going back to your old habits.

Transforming your habits can take some time. It is best to take small steps so you can work on getting used to your new lifestyle rather than expecting to transform the way you eat and organize your time overnight. You will get better results if you take as much time as you need, even if you do not progress toward your ideal weight as quickly as you were hoping to.

Find new foods you really enjoy. You should introduce a couple of new foods in your diet on a weekly basis. Try cooking new foods in different ways or combine them with spices. Replacing all your favorite unhealthy foods with better alternatives you enjoy just as much will make adopting a healthy diet a lot easier. You can still eat your favorite unhealthy foods as long as you eat very small quantities once in a while.

If you are trying to lose weight quickly, the best food to nourish your body with has been proven to be lean sources of protein, cruciferous vegetables, and complex carbohydrates like brown rice. Since making all of these changes to your diet at once can be overwhelming and daunting, make small changes instead. A few easy swaps include brown rice instead of white rice, wheat bread instead of white, and sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes. Remember, anything that is overly processed or contains lots of added ingredients is not going to fuel your body, it's going to take longer to process and put more strain on the organs responsible for filtering. The most important thing to remember during this phase is that you don't have to be perfect. In fact, most healthy eaters recommend an 80/20 split between healthy eating and splurges. If you really want a cookie, go for it, because moderation is the key here.

I just have to commit to walking everyday. I can't skip a day just because I don't feel like it. I need to make myself do it even if I am too cold or too hot. I use to walk a lot when I was younger and I miss it.If I do not start losing weight I know I could end up with a lot of problems. I have seen it in other people. I just don't want that to happen to me. I want to be healthy as I am growing older.

Perhaps the most important part of beginning your weight loss journey is to find a like-minded community to join. The Internet is a great resource for this. Finding support has been proven to up your chances of success in a weight loss journey. The most important thing is to stick with it and not give up.




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