Getting in shape and losing weight are not rocket science. They are both easy to understand and do. The secret is simple – Eat healthy and exercise. Just take care of yourself generally!
With science making everything easy, everybody has been spoiled and now look for ‘quick fixes’. Though it shouldn’t be an overly difficult process, it will still require some effort on your part and some time. You won’t lose weight doing the same things you’ve always done. You’ll have to change some habits. The only things required from you are that you should be realistic and be willing to put time into it as your goals won’t happen overnight, and you’ll reach them sooner than you thought.
A friend of mine wants to lose about 40lbs. When it comes to attitude, he’s got the best I’ve seen in anyone trying to make changes to their lifestyles. He knows it takes time to accomplish so he hasn’t set himself up for failure by having and making unrealistic expectations.
The number of people who decide to lose weight just a few weeks before that holiday party or class reunion is just too much. They fail to give themselves enough time to reach their goals and when they don’t, they give up and never lose any weight again. They instead gain more. Say all you want to but all the positive outlook in the world will be of no good to you if you are not eating properly.
Be sure to discuss with your doctor before embarking on you new eat healthy-exercise routine. This will, without any doubt, be good for you but where you have some health challenges, you’ll want to ensure you are doing things the most beneficial way with your health needs in mind.
Eat healthy may require you lowering your daily intake of calories. Your gender, age, amount of activities you involve in daily and some other factors will decide the amount of calories you should consume. Activities here don’t mean exercise, just how much you ‘move’ daily.
When you have this figured out, you can go on to figure out a food plan. Keeping things as naturally as possible should be a priority. Avoid highly processed food.
Avoid ‘white foods’ with respect to bread and cereals. There are loads of unhealthy carbs in white rice, white breads and others with almost no health benefits in them. The higher fiber foods, brown rice and whole grains have so many nutritious benefits.
As for red meat keep it to the minimum. A few non-meat meals daily is fine where possible. Use only lean red meat, boneless-skinless chicken etc when you have red meat. A very good source of low fat protein is fish. Others include seafood like shrimp. Also consume plenty of vegetables and fresh fruits and drink a lot of water daily to stay in great shape.
With this two step process, eat healthy and exercise, staying in shape is just easy.