The healthy ways to lose weight are the best ways to lose fat and keep it off. If you follow these basic steps to losing weight, you WILL succeed.
Every weight loss plan has to start somewhere. Unfortunately, too many of us are looking for instant gratification and quick weight loss solutions. And I'm sorry to tell you... true lasting weight loss is not easy to achieve and it doesn't happen overnight... or even in one month.
If you really want to change your body and your appearance and get healthier, then you've got to have the motivation and dedication and you have to put in the work. That's the healthy weight loss approach... and it's the only approach I advocate as a nurse.
It doesn't matter if you want to lose just a few pounds... or more than a hundred. The only way to get there is to adopt a healthier lifestyle than you've been living. How can I say that with such assurance?
Because it's a fact... you don't get fat by eating the right foods and working out every day. You become overweight or obese by making unhealthy choices every day of your life... in many different areas of your life.
I'm not trying to be mean... But until you recognize and accept that how you look and how much you weight is a direct result of how you've lived your life, then you're never going to be able to change things... at least not for good. And that is what you want to do, right?
So you want to know the healthy ways to lose weight, do you? Great! So, here is how to lose fat just by following a few basic steps to losing weight. It's not hard, but it IS hard work. And you have to keep at it... for months, maybe years... actually for the rest of your life.
You have to eat healthy. When you put the wrong foods into your body, you accumulate excess fat and pounds. But there's more to healthy eating than just avoiding fatty, greasy foods. You also have to fuel your body with the good stuff. And how much you eat matters as well. I cover all this and more in my "eat to lose" section of the site.
You have to be active. Maintaining your weight in a healthy range is always about balance... balancing how many calories you take in against how many you burn. If you sit on the couch or in front of the computer (gulp!) all day, you're not burning many calories and the pounds will pack on. But there are many other benefits to being active too, which you can read about in our "exercise it off!" section of the site.
You have to get enough sleep. Studies show that when you don't get enough hours of sleep on a regular basis, you'll gain weight. Bad news for me... I never get enough! So start sleeping 7 to 8 hours a night to enhance your other weight loss efforts. Don't overlook that as one of the healthy ways to lose weight!
You have to avoid cigarette smoke. It's not good to breathe in toxic fumes, whether you're the one smoking or someone else is doing it in your vicinity. Unfortunately, many smokers are afraid to quit because they know that smoking is an appetite suppressant and they worry what will happen to their weight should they quit. Stop worrying! There are too many benefits from quitting smoking to worry about gaining weight. If you practice the other healthy ways to lose weight, that will counteract any increases in hunger.
You have to control your stress. Studies also show that having lots of stress in your life... and not coping with it effectively... can lead to weight gain too. Not to mention that stress can take years off your life, as well as affect the quality of your life. Learning how to manage your stress (because no one has a totally stress-free life) will help you to lose fat and keep it off.
You have to limit your alcohol intake. As women, one drink a day is considered to be within healthy parameters, but anything more than that, on average, is not. First off, there are many lifestyle risks that come with drinking to excess or drinking regularly. Being under the influence of alcohol can also lower your inhibitions... to the point where you start to make unhealthy food choices, etc.
You have to avoid drug overuse. Many of us must be on one prescription medicine or another, especially as we age. I take allergy and asthma medicine for example. But, as with alcohol, you want to do your best to avoid taking mood-altering drugs... for the same basic reasons... whether they're prescribed by a physician or obtained on the street.
So, hopefully that's given you some ideas on the healthy ways to lose weight. As you can see, it's not rocket science. But don't underestimate how tough it can be, either. You'll need lots of support and you may stumble along the way. Still, as long as you keep working on losing the fat, even if it's just baby steps at a time, you'll be golden!