I totally understand when people find it extremely difficult to lose weight because of all the changes and restrictions they often run into when it comes to diets that are meant to help people to lose weight. However, I also understand just how important it is that people eat healthy not just to lose weight but to also live a long and healthy life.
It’s important to me that I do my best to help others and teach them that weight loss can actually be painless and in this post I hope that I will be able to help anyone who is trying to lose weight make it easier to do so. I hope that some of the tips that I offer here will help you realize it really doesn’t take some sort of heroic effort to lose weight. In fact, you just need to make a few simple changes in your lifestyle in order to get results.
Add Food – Don’t Take Away
I know this sounds strange, but it’s true. Forget about diet denial and try adding more foods to your diets instead of taking away a lot of foods. What I mean here is that you should add various different healthy goodies that you really enjoy. Try adding cherries, grapes, snow peas, bananas, apples, granola, nuts of all types and so on. When you add plenty of healthy goodies to your diets it will be a lot easier to stay on a healthy diet.
Don’t Worry About Extreme Workouts
As someone who is into fitness you probably think I’m nuts when I say don’t worry about extreme workouts. However, I say this because I realize that there are many of you out there that either really can’t do heavy workouts for one reason or another. Then there are others who get completely turned off on diets as soon as they hear the word “exercise”. The real trick here to help you enjoy working out is to never call it that. If you stop calling any exercises you might be doing a workout it will actually knock down those mental roadblocks that prevent you from exercising.
There are plenty of things that you can do to go along with your diet to help you lose weight. You could just go for daily walks, walking is one of the best ways to tackle your entire body and it doesn’t feel like exercise at all. Consider dancing to some of your favorite music when you’re at home. Just make sure to add movement of some kind to stimulate your muscles and you’ll be surprised how much that will help.
Like I mentioned above, walking is one of the best types of exercise around and doesn’t even seem like exercising. Walking is not only healthy but it’s a great thing to do any time of year. It gives you the opportunity to enjoy the changing seasons and getting a little taste of nature. Even a five or ten minute walk is going to help you lose weight.
If you don’t have a good place to walk nearby your home here are a few things you can do that can increase your amount of walking:
- When you go shopping park your car at the back of the lot.
- Sweep or rake up the leaves in your yard instead of using a leaf blower.
- If you take a bus to go where you need to go, get off the bus a couple of blocks before your actual stop.
- Go for a walk in your local mall.
- Take stairs whenever you can.
- Do the vacuuming to your favorite music to speed up the tempo of your vacuuming.
All of this will add up. Even if you walk twice a day for about 10 minutes you’ll be surprised at just how much this will help you lose the weight you are wanting to lose.
Lighten Foods You Love
A lot of diets scare people off because they often make them totally give up some of the foods they really love. But, you really don’t have to give up everything totally. An easy thing to do is to just switch to lower calorie versions of the food that you love. Eat pizza with reduced fat cheese, switch your favorite ice cream for a low fat version. This way you are lowering your fat and calorie intake and not denying yourself of foods you might be craving.
Switch over to diet soda and light beer if you don’t want to give these beverages up completely. If you don’t like diet drinks you can try drinking your favorite with a little bit of diet in with it and then gradually add more until you are drinking nothing but a diet drink.
Drinking plenty of water is always important, but it’s a lot more important when you’re on a diet trying to lose weight. One really good thing you should do is to drink a full glass of water before you sit down to eat any meal. When you do this you won’t be as hungry when you eat.
Tone Up While You Tune In
One way you can sneak in some sort of exercising is while you are watching TV or listening to music. When you are listening to music as mentioned before, instead of just listening to your music just dance along with the music instead of just sitting there and listening to it.
No one really likes watching commercials when watching TV, so why not turn those commercials into something you can benefit from. If you have a stationery bike or a treadmill take that commercial break time to ride your bike or walk on the treadmill. If you don’t have either one of those items then just do any kind of exercises during the commercials. You could do sit-ups, toe touch, side bends, and so on.