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Overweight? There's More Than One Way To Take It Off

Aug 17, 2007
What does it take to lose weight? Put simply, it's to burn more calories than you take in. But, it really isn't as easy as it sounds. Let's take a look at some of the steps that you can take to start losing those pounds.

The first thing that you should look at is your diet. You should be eating portions sizes that are compatible with your body type and gender. A woman doesn't need to eat as many calories as most men do, and a small-boned woman doesn't need as much food as a large-boned woman. Portion size is one of the biggest obstacles to losing unwanted weight.

Keep healthy snacks in the refrigerator and pantry instead of candy and potato chips. It will help you to overcome the temptation of eating those high fat foods.

Keep a food diary so that you know what you are eating, how much you are eating and why you are eating it. Often, your mood can determine your food choices. Keeping a food diary can also help you become more aware of your portion sizes. You should review your food diary every few days to see if you can spot patterns in your eating habits that are preventing you from losing weight. Perhaps you eat more when you're unhappy or bored. Once you find poor eating behavior habits, you are more able to find ways to control them.

Set a goal. Write down how much weight you want to lose and the date you want to lose it by. Be reasonable. You won't be able to lose 30 pounds by next week. Tape the paper with your goal written on it on your refrigerator door and your bathroom mirror. If you have an old picture of yourself at your ideal weight, tape it up with your goal as incentive.

Get some exercise. Start an exercise program of some sort, even if it's just taking a walk. If you are already walking three to four times weekly, try holding weights while you walk and then increase your speed when you get used to holding the weights.

Try a different form of exercise. Ride a bike instead of walking or go swimming at a local pool. Do two or three different kinds of exercises throughout the week to get a well rounded workout.

Add strength training. If you add a few weight lifting exercises, it will help tone your body. Start out with lighter weights and add more weight as your body strength improves. A $30 investment should get you a nice set of dumb bells in the three to ten pound range.

It's not as easy to lose weight as some people will tell you it is. They say that all you have to do is buy this membership and you'll start losing pounds. But, the only way that you will start losing weight is to take the action steps necessary. Eat smaller portions and get more exercise. Those are the first two steps to weight loss success.
About the Author
Jude Wright is dedicated to helping people becoming healthy and fit. Get her free report, Losing Weight Without Starving Yourself, at 9WeeksToWeightLoss.com.
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