Starting A Weight Loss Program
One of the biggest battles being waged daily is the battle of the bulge.
If you are one of those facing a weight problem, take comfort in the fact that you aren't alone, and making small changes in your lifestyle will reap you big rewards.
Here are some pointers for getting started on a weight loss program.
If you drink a lot of soda, try to replace it with a diet version or better yet, water. Water helps to keep your body functioning at it's best by flushing out harmful toxins and hydrating your skin. Drinking water will help prevent dehydration when its hot outside or you are expending a lot of energy.
Cutting back or eliminating soda from your daily diet could eliminate hundreds of calories. A 20 ounce bottle of regular soda has 250 calories, mainly made of sugars and carbonated water. One pound of fat is equal to the amount of calories in 14 twenty ounce bottles of soda. If the energy provided from soda isn't used to fuel your body, it will quickly store as fat, something most of us don't need.
Start an exercise routine based on your fitness level. If you haven't exercised in a long time, start slow. Start out with a 10 minute walk, if that is all you can do. As you become used to it, try to walk longer or faster. As you get better, you can add other exercises to your daily program.
You can also get extra exercise by changing the way you operate on a daily basis. Instead of using the elavator or escalator, try the stairs. If there isn't a parking spot directly in front of your favorite store, accept your fate and park a little further away. If the weather is nice, walk or ride your bike instead of driving your car to nearby destinations. If you work in an office, be sure to stretch a couple of times a day.
You might also consider taking a class or instruction in a sport or activity that interests you. Many communities have recreation centers that offer instruction in tennis, swimming, dance, karate, and water exercise. They may offer fitness equipment like a gym, walking/ running track, stationary bikes or step aerobic classes as well. Getting involved in a hobby or sport that you enjoy will make exercise a lot more enjoyable. It also gives you the chance to meet other people and extend your social circle.
Consider joining an Online Support Group. Many likeminded people can help each other by offering tips and advice to take weight off sensibly.
Don't give up because you are frustrated. Losing weight the right way is often a slow process.
If you are following a reasonable diet and exercise program expect to lose 1 or 2 pounds a week.
If you are extremely heavy you may lose weight at a faster rate than this, but it will eventually
slow down. If you hit a plateau, consider changing your exercise routine or eating plan to give yourself a jump start.
Losing just a small percentage of your bodyweight will help to reduce your chances for high blood pressure, diabetes, and other weight related ailments. Take the first step towards a healthier you.
About the Author: Heather McLaughlin is the webmistress of: http://www.featherish.com An online weight loss community.