5 Ways to Start
Losing Weight Today
Are you ready to lose weight but aren't sure how to start? Worry no more.
Follow our five easy steps to weight loss today. No more delays. No more waiting until
Monday or the New year. No more looking for the perfect diet. Follow these simple and effective steps
and you'll get started losing weight today, and keep it off tomorrow.
1. Carry a notebook and a pen.
Make sure you write in that notebook! Every single thing that you swallow
should be written in your notebook, preferably as soon as you swallow it. If
you finish your daughter's leftover Pop-Tart at breakfast, write it down.
Sample a cookie at the office? Write it down. Just a 'taste' of the stew you're
making for dinner? You've got it: Write it down! Writing down what we eat
and drink forces us to be aware of what we're putting in our mouth. It also
gives us an easy way to track our intake and decide what changes we want to make.
2. Ask 'why?'
Every time you start to eat or drink, ask yourself one word: Why? Why am
I eating this? Am I hungry, tired, bored, stressed, lonely? The correct answer is simple: hunger. If you're not
hungry, don't eat. Figure out what you need to do to satisfy that emotion:
Take a nap, read a book, yell at your boss, call a friend -- just don't eat if
you're not hungry.
3. Eat to lose.
That's right, if you skip meals you won't lose weight. Why not? Because
then you'll get so hungry that you snack, or eat more than you want to, or end up feeling miserable and quit
right away. Everybody needs to eat and deserves to eat three meals per day. Snacks, too (if, of course, you
can answer #2 correctly first). And
forget those skimpy little diet meals. They just leave you feeling hungry and
unsatisfied. A meal should include whole grains, fruit and vegetables, protein and even a small amount of fat.
4.Remember your favorite things.
If you've ever tried to completely avoid your favorite food, then completely lost
control and devoured the entire bag of cookies, you know what I'm talking
about. Stuck on chocolate? Eat one delicious, exquisite piece of high-quality chocolate every evening.
Savor that chocolate. Sit down, relax, and do nothing but enjoy the flavor,
texture and experience of eating the chocolate. Eat slowly, enjoying every
bite. And whatever you do, don't feel guilty. A small portion of your favorite
food will keep you satisfied and happy -- and losing weight.
5.Find a part of your body that moves (not your mouth) and move
Everyone can move something. If you have bad knees you can still exercise
your arms or even do water exercises in a pool. Take up line dancing or karate. Walk the dog in the morning
before work, take the kids for a bike ride after school, or listen to favorite
music while using your treadmill. Even housework can become exercise if you
move vigorously enough. Turn vacuuming into a race, wash windows
with plenty of elbow grease, or scrub flours until you work up a sweat. There
simply are no excuses for not moving. Every day. Monday through Sunday. Start with five minutes and add 1-5
additional minutes every week until you're moving for at least 60 minutes
every day. You can spread the activity times apart if you want: vacuum for 10
minutes in the morning, take a brisk 15-minute walk at lunch, ride bikes
with your sweetie after dinner for 30 minutes and carry out garbage (at a
fast clip) for 5 minutes. You've done it!
There you have it: five simple, easy-to-start
steps toward weight loss and long-term weight management. Start right now.