Once you have made up your mind to lose weight, you should make
that commitment and go into it with a positive attitude. We all
know that losing weight can be quite a challenge. In fact, for
some, it can be downright tough. It takes time, practice and
support to change lifetime habits. But it's a process you must
learn in order to succeed. It is said that if you do something
for 21 days it will become a habit. You and you alone are the
one who has the power to lose unwanted pounds.
Think Like a Winner
Think like a winner, and not a loser - - remember that emotions
are like muscles and the ones you use most grow the strongest.
If you always look at the negative side of things, you'll become
a downbeat, pessimistic person. Even slightly negative thoughts
have a greater impact on you and last longer than powerful
Negative thinking doesn't do you any good, it just holds you
back from accomplishing the things you want to do. When a
negative thought creeps into your mind, replace it reminding
yourself that you're somebody, you have self-worth and you
possess unique strengths and talents.
Contemplate what lies ahead of you. Losing weight is not just
about diets. It's about a whole new you and the possibility of
creating a new life for yourself. Investigate the weight loss
programs that appeal to you and that you feel will teach you the
behavioral skills you need to stick with throughout the weight-
First you should look for support among family and friends. It
can be an enormous help to discuss obstacles and share skills
and tactics with others on the same path. You might look for
this support from others you know who are in weight loss
programs and you can seek guidance from someone you know who has
lost weight and kept it off.
There are success stories across the country today on
television and in newspapers, magazines and tabloids about
people who have miraculously lost untold pounds and kept it off.
In all instances they say their mental attitude as well as their
outlook on life has totally changed.
Learning New Skills
Diets and weight loss programs are more flexible now than they
once were and there are many prepared foods already portioned
out. They are made attractive and can be prepared in a matter
of minutes. Low-fat and low-calorie foods are on shelves
You will probably need to learn new, wiser eating skills. You
will want a weight loss regimen that gives you some control,
rather than imposing one rigid system. Look for one that offers
a variety of different eating plans, so you can choose the one
that's best for you.
Keep in mind, too, that your weight loss program will most
likely include some physical exercises. Look at the exercising
aspect of your program as fun and recreation and not as a form
of grueling and sweaty work. The fact is that physical fitness
is linked inseparable to all personal effectiveness in every
field. Anyone willing to take the few simple steps that lie
between them and fitness will shortly begin to feel better, and
the improvement will reflect itself in every facet of their
Doctors now say that walking is one of the best exercises. It
helps the total circulation of blood throughout the body, and
thus has a direct effect on your overall feeling of health.
There are things such as aerobics, jogging, swimming and many
other exercises which will benefit a weight loss program.
Discuss the options with your doctor and take his advice in
planning your exercise and weight loss program.
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