Just Kidding! But I got your attention, didn’t I?!
Losing weight “fast” can be harmful, not to mention make it impossible to keep the weight off. We live in a society with instant gratifications such as drive thru’s, text messages, cell phones, email, convenient stores, etc. We can, and have come to expect, to get answers and results quickly. But, weight loss is one of those things that you should expect to take time so that you can do it in a healthy manner AND keep the weight off long term. Trust us, taking your time to lose the weight is well worth the wait.
NEVER DO THESE THINGS to LOSE WEIGHT:
WebMD gives some great examples of things you should never do to lose weight, including:
– Starvation, Fasting, or Very Low-Calorie Diets
– Dubious Supplements and Over-the-Counter Diet Pills That Make Grand Promises
– Cleanses or Detox Plans
– All Forms of Purging
– Obsessive Behaviors (even Extreme Exercising)
Read more from WebMD
A better strategy is to find a way of eating and exercising that works for YOU. One that is well-rounded, includes healthy items from the basic food groups. And making sure you are ready to make these lifestyle changes. With a healthy diet and exercise plan that allows you to burn 500 more calories than you consume each day you can lose approximately 1-2 lbs per week.
ARE YOU READY TO CHANGE YOUR HABITS?
Before you begin a new way of eating and exercising ask yourself these questions (from Mayo Clinic)
– Are you motivated to make long-term lifestyle changes?
– Have you addressed the big distractions in your life?
– Do you have a realistic picture of how much weight you’ll lose and how quickly?
– Have you resolved any emotional issues connected to your weight?
– Do you have support and accountability?
– Have you embraced the weight-loss challenge?
Read more on how to answer “yes” to those questions and find out if you are ready for the challenge. Remember it’s not an easy road to go down, so make sure you have someone to help support and encourage you along the way. You CAN reach our weight loss goals with motivation, determination, patience, a positive attitude, and support.
PS – don’t set goals around how you want to look and definitely do not set your sites on looking like the fitness models in magazines. Every body is different with different genetic makeup and the fact is we can’t all look like an airbrushed model. Your goals should be set around being/getting healthy rather than trying to look a certain way. Be happy and confident with YOU as a person inside and out.