Can You Guess The Most Frequent Fitness Question I Receive?
On average, I tend to get 3-5 emails a week of people asking me how to lose weight. I think this question is so popular because losing weight is no easy task, not to mention the emotional component that is often associated with it. Factor in a fragile self-esteem and high stress levels and suddenly you've got a whole lot of people who are unhappy with the excess baggage weighing them down.
Don't. Give. Up.
Here are some quick tips (besides exercising regularly, eating well, and controlling portions) that will help you lose weight once and for all.
- Set small realistic goals that can be achieved in 4-5 weeks.
- Do not try to make drastic changes all at once. Instead, start with trying to eat healthier and sneaking in a few walks during the week for the first couple of weeks. Remember, creating new habits that last takes time.
- Eat higher quality food.
- Stop feeling guilty if you have a bad day or two. Guilt and fear are some of the two most detrimental emotions. Let it go, forgive yourself, and move on.
- Have patience! Anything worth having takes time. Let each week's accomplishments motivate you for the week ahead. Some weeks you will feel great about your progress and other weeks you won’t. Just keep pushing forward and keep your eyes on the prize, a healthier YOU!
*image by Lauren McKinnon, Flickr
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