Fighting excess weight can be difficult and frustrating. Here are four secrets that many people never know that can make weight loss much easier. The key to losing weight is consistency and a mindset focused on long-term success.
SECRET NUMBER ONE: Talk to your doctor. This may not be a secret per se, but it is something that most people overlook. When you talk with your doctor, he or she can see your health history and determine exactly what is causing your problem. In some causes, your medical condition goes beyond healthy eating and exercise. When you talk to your doctor, you can easily get to the bottom of the problem and learn useful tips for losing weight. For example, I had a period of some months in which I had to travel a lot for my company. My doctor suggested taking a small bag of nuts as a snack, instead of eating at fast-food restaurants at airports. Wham! My weight gain stopped.
SECRET NUMBER TWO: improve your posture. Ok, this may not be exactly a way to lose weight, but it will certainly make you look thinner! A good posture, whether you are standing or sitting, will immediately seem to slim your body. Don't you get straight in the locker room when you try on your clothes? This can also help with the weight loss process itself, because good posture when exercising will lead to more effective workouts.
SECRET NUMBER THREE: involve your whole family. It can be very tempting to get rid of the salad, eat a hamburger with your husband or a taco with your wife, but if the whole family is eating healthy foods, the weight loss won't seem so depressing. Keep junk food out of the house completely, and everyone will be healthier.
SECRET NUMBER FOUR: Think about your weight in terms of everyday life. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Park at the last parking spot in the mall or at work and walk to the front door. Cut the coffee and replace it with tea in the morning. Go out and play with your children instead of staying inside. Go dancing instead of watching a movie. These little things may not have a big impact on your life in general, but if you do them regularly, the calories burned will accumulate and you will begin to see real results. Your physical state is your life. It's not only 30 minutes or 1 hour in the gym. It is 24/7. Your fitness is your health and your health is your life.
These four secrets have two things in common. First, they integrate weight loss into their health and life in general. Staying fit and healthy is not something you do only at mealtime or when exercising. You do it all the time. Second, they ask for help from other people. If you think about it, gaining weight is one of the few things you can do completely alone! But losing weight can be a combined effort of your doctor and your family and friends. Make sure everyone celebrates their victories and goals, and helps them overcome setbacks.