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Ready for a Change? Follow these 5 Easy Steps to Weight Loss!

Aug 6, 2008
Are you just about ready to make some changes to your lifestyle that will improve your overall health? Have you been depressed by the numbers on your scale, or your fitness level? Don't be intimidated by change! It's easier than you might think. Let's look at five of the many ways to make small, manageable changes that can lead to huge results!

The first thing you'll want to do is keep a journal. Take the time to write down the things that you're doing right. Give this some serious thought and be honest with yourself. At the same time, list those areas of your life that need improvement. Be detailed and specific. Keep this information in a location where you can refer to it often and update it regularly.

The next important step to making a change is to know your personal numbers. Get an accurate reading on your weight and take your measurements. At the very least measure your chest, waist, hips, upper thighs, and upper arms. Visit your doctor and ask for lab work. Know your cholesterol, your blood pressure, your triglycerides, and your blood sugar. Keep this information in your journal as well. Having a starting point makes it easy to pinpoint change.

The third step to change is to create some very specific goals. Include both short-term goals that can be realized in 2-4 weeks, and long-term goals that can be achieved in a matter of months. Short-term goals can be very motivating. Don't focus on time limits. If you write, "I will lose 10 pounds in one month" and you only lose 8 pounds, you have set yourself up for failure. You make the changes and let the rest happen naturally.

The fourth step to weight loss in your quest for change is to know the important weight loss guidelines. Become familiar with the food pyramid. There are several to choose from. The USDA Food Pyramid is the most common but there is one for vegetarians as well. In order to make a lasting change to your overall health, you will have to have a basic understanding of the various food groups and the recommended portions of each.

Speaking of portions, you must learn to judge portion sizes with a degree of accuracy. We do much of our eating outside of our homes in restaurants and at social events. To reach your weight loss goal and maintain your weight, you must learn to judge portion sizes.

Understanding the nutrition fact label is another essential weight loss guideline. Found on almost all food packages, this information is invaluable for helping you make wise food choices.

The final step to making change in your life is to become more active. If you love to exercise or "play" outdoors, then your task will be easier. If you can't stand the thought of sweating, then you'll have to look for ways to be more active throughout your day. Take advantage of television commercials to perform sit ups, crunches, and jumping jacks. Get up to change the channel. Park your car further away from your destination and vow never to take the elevator. Rake the leaves in your yard and pull out all the weeds from your flower bed. Every little thing that you do burns more calories than sitting and helps you make healthy changes.

If you follow these five easy steps to change, you will find that you will feel better and look better in record time! In addition, you will have the energy and stamina required to meet the demands of your busy day. Your self-confidence will grow daily and you will wonder why you waited so long to do something so significant for your health.
About the Author
Gail M. Davis offers additional ways to make healthy lifestyle changes, successfully lose weight, and become additional fit. You'll learn practical weight loss tips along with detailed information about each step discussed on her site.
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