“I want to lose weight!!”... “I want to get in-shape!!”... “If only I can lose these last 5lbs!!” Does that all sound familiar to you? Possibly repeating over and over in your head? Getting healthy and “getting in-shape” are one of those things people tend to put off until the weight is unbearable and/or the person’s health is at risk.
So where do we begin? Just like anyone who is interested in fashion, cooking, art or any hobby, the first step is to do a little research on what it is he/she is interested in. It somewhat becomes an obsession. As for ‘getting into shape’ there’s no difference in your approach. There is an ongoing list of workout ideas, clean eating recipes and daily supplements to consider. Some may equate “skinny” to being healthy, but it is far from it. It is definitely not about popping a fat burning pill or being on a liquid diet for a few weeks, because those will only give you temporary results. It’s about incorporating healthy choices into your daily routine and making fitness a lifestyle.
So, what’s the first step? Whether your a stay-at-home parent, eight to fiver or constantly traveling, it is making a commitment to yourself. A commitment to making a conscious effort to eat healthy, exercising, setting realistic fitness goals and making healthy choices for your body. Everyone has a specific body type and reacts differently to certain foods and/or supplements. It is important to research what we put in our body along with creating a workout plan that is tailored to our goals and/or needs. This lifestyle involves being cautious about the things we eat along with portion sizing, how much exercise or physical activity we engage in and the amount of rest we give ourselves.
Here are some quick things to consider:
- Research different kinds of healthy foods and different physical activities/exercises that interest you that also require raising your heart-rate. This is a KEY element to losing weight!
- Prepare your meals for the day with small snacks ready to go. This will decrease the chances of walking into a fast food restaurant or picking up 7-Eleven’s fat filled convenient food soaked in saturated fat. If you are a parent, consider snacks both you and your child can enjoy together. We are all guilty of eating the fruit snacks or animal cookies laying around in your child’s lunch bag. Throw out the processed snacks, bright artificial colored cereal and replace them with fruits, veggie sticks and organic munchies. Having a variety of snacks and switching them out every couple weeks makes it less likely to get bored of them.
- Be prepared to take on the day!.... write out a meal plan for yourself and/or your family. The moment it’s written down it becomes part of our daily routine and eventually becomes habitual.
- If you want to get serious, set an alarm to eat every 2-3 hours so our body does not go into starvation mode and hold on to the fat for fuel. Refueling our body with small healthy nutritious meals every 2-3 hours, even when not hungry will result in having energy throughout the day and help you lean out.
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