2 Steps to Weight Loss
Start by taking these 2 steps to weight loss today!
1. Make a Decision To Do What it Takes to Lose Weight!
Well, you decided to lose weight, but is that ALL you need to
do? Of course not. You need to decide things like
how you are going to go about it, how long you will give a program to
work, how much time you have to commit to it, how much difficulty you
are going to tolerate, and so on. However, many people do not
realize that they have to decide to do what is necessary for however
long it takes...and stick with it.
Now, there's the real decision...to keep at it until the job is done.
That's where many people go wrong. They assume somewhere in
the back of their minds that "the weight loss program", the "diet
pill", or the "diet" is going to somehow lose weight for them!
Weight loss is like any other life changing decision.
If you decided to change careers in order to make a better life for
yourself and your family, for example, which would be the wisest
decision? Should you go to the library and read a book on
that new career and somehow try to get started, or should you go to the
local university and take some courses on the subject?
If you decide to go to the university or community college, you are
going to have to take some courses, take some tests, probably get a few
wrong answers, but, after a period of time, you will acquire the
knowledge you need, and make your way through the required steps to be
able to interview for a job in the field you are interested
in. If you go the do-it-yourself road, you are going to have
to go back to the library, check out some more books, start studying,
and perhaps even take some quizzes in those books, work out some
problems, and...eventually...go out in the world and start trying to
start your new career.
Whatever choice you take, whether you are going from housewife to
accountant, accountant to sales professional, or if you are beginning a
weight loss, health, or fitness program, achieving the final result
will take time and effort. If you are choosing to do this
yourself, you are possibly going to make several mistakes along the way
which will delay achieving your goal. However, if you keep
working at it, you will get there eventually.
If you study on your own, will you eventually become a Certified Public
Accountant? Possibly not, but it depends on your dedication
and ability to persevere, in the long run. It's the same with
weight loss. You might not wind up looking like a body
builder or fashion model, but you can certainly lose weight and get
healthy, but it will not happen overnight, so you must be prepared to
make the effort and allow for the time required.
2. Start Today!
There are two major factors involved in weight loss. All
kinds of studies have shown this time and again. Even the
manufacturers of weight loss products and diet pills, as well as the
doctors who perform weight loss surgery admit that their products or
plans will not work anywhere near as well without these factors.
Quite simply, the two factors are activity (exercise) and nutrition.
To lose weight most effectively, you will eventually have to modify
your life in such a way that you are getting a lot more exercise than
you are now, and you will have to eat a lot differently than you do
now. You will have to take the time and make the effort to
learn how to do these things, AND you will have to make that decision
we mentioned earlier and stick with it!
At first, you will perhaps know very little about what you should be
doing and how to do it most efficiently and effectively. In
actuality, many people try to do too much too soon, and expect to get
too much too soon, and they either overextend themselves, sometimes to
the point of physical injury, or they give up because they don't get
the results they thought they would get!
First of all, don't be disheartened if the weight does not disappear
overnight. It did not arrive in 24 hours, seven days, or
three months. It will not go away that rapidly
either! If you do what you are supposed to do, it WILL go
away sooner or later.
Second, realize that your body has to make more adjustments than simply
"losing weight"! It has to re-route blood vessels, replace
muscle tissue, ramp up hormone production, improve the circulatory and
respiratory systems, and perform a wide range of other tasks. In the process of getting all this done, the weight loss may take a
little time to become evident.
When people begin exercising to lose weight, they often do NOT notice
an immediate weight loss. In fact, many will notice a WEIGHT GAIN!
is perfectly normal!
Exercise builds lean muscle mass. Quite often someone will
find that they are adding lean muscle mass (which takes up less space
than fat) at a faster rate than they burn fat. If they are
very overweight, they may not be able to observe any positive change at
all. If they are less overweight, however, they may be able
to observe that clothes are getting looser, even though the scale says
they are gaining weight.
This is just one example of why you have to have the faith that the
program will work, the dedication to stick with it even when you are
not getting immediate reward or results, and why you really need to
educate yourself about how weight loss really works.
After all, can you imagine the chagrin and total frustration of someone
who has been working hard and watching what they eat only to step on
the scale and see that they have GAINED WEIGHT instead of losing it...
THEY KNOW THAT IT IS A PERFECTLY NORMAL PART OF A WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM?
There are a thousand little things to learn about weight loss to get
the most benefit and the most rapid results, which will NEVER be fast
enough for most people. You cannot learn all this overnight,
and trying to do too much too fast in the hopes of accomplishing a lot
real fast can not only be detrimental to a weight loss program, but can
cause people to quit for various reasons which I have written about
elsewhere, and can possibly cause injury, and even DEATH!
However, before you learn all the tips and tricks, you CAN get up out
of the chair, take the dog for a short walk (daily), and make a few
more healthy decisions about what you are going to put in your
mouth. You know this stuff already. After all,
should you eat one piece of apple pie, or two? Should you eat
apple pie, or an apple? I bet you got both those answers right.
Now, before you get all those books from the library and start trying
out all the exercise programs, let me give you one last piece of
advice. Most of those people wrote those books based on their
personal experiences and knowledge, but they do not know you from Adam
or Eve. While their basic premise may be right, their
particular diet or exercise program may not be right for you. As you learn, you will find that you will probably have to modify WHAT
you learn so that it fits you.
Also, you may read that you should be doing X number of a certain
exercise, so many times a week. It is highly probable that at
first you cannot do that! Don't even try to, unless you know
that you are in pretty good shape. No matter how they word
it, they are merely giving you a target to shoot at. Odds are
that at first you will not be able to hit it, at least not with
regularity, until you have gotten a little more experience.
After all, if you decided to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow, you
would not expect to be able to hit the bulls eye time after time right
from the start. In fact, if you tried really hard on the
first day, I can guarantee that many people would not even be able to
draw the bow on the second day, and would have given up on archery by
the end of the week.
That's the same thing that happens to people who throw themselves into diets and exercise programs.
Start small. Learn the tricks. Make small adjustments as you learn, and grow as a weight loss expert, and you
will soon see the results you were willing to wait for.
See, two small steps to weight loss can make all the difference.
Why not check out a couple of other articles of mine entitled How to Lose Weight - A Weight Loss Solution also posted here at NoDiet4Me.com, and How To Start A Simple Walking Weight Loss Program?
P. S. If you want to learn more about why Diets Don't Work,
please click here.
If you want to learn how to burn fat, a great book to read is Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle by Tom Venuto