Now never seems like the right time to focus on weight loss and fitness. Yet the present moment is all we ever have.
Whatever the season or whatever the reason, losing weight always begins with a single thought that leads to a private decision to get fit. Maybe a health problem triggers the resolve, or maybe the number on the bathroom scale has become worrisomely high.
Whatever sparks the initial decision, to succeed in achieving our goals, we must take action. Here are four tips that others have used to empower themselves in their pursuit of fitness and weight loss:
- Manage your appetite. Fight off hunger cravings by eating filling and healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. If you still feel hungry after a meal, drink a glass of water or take a brisk walk.
- Make a commitment to move. Exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes per day. (Exercising 60-90 minutes per day is optimal.) Boost your metabolism by training with weights to build lean muscle and reshape your body.
- Plan what to eat and eat according to plan. Eat a healthy morning and afternoon snack (such as fruit) to keep cravings at bay. Avoid the temptation of unhealthy foods by planning ahead and stocking the pantry with healthful, tasty choices. Eat off small plates and assign half to fruits and vegetables, a fourth to lean protein and the last fourth to whole grains. Keep a food journal to track what foods you eat and how much. Use a scale to measure food portions.
- Become a student. When shopping, read ingredient labels carefully. Learn new (and healthful) foods to eat. Experiment with family-favorite recipes to reduce calories. Prepare for setbacks and learn from your mistakes. If you see a small weight gain during a daily weigh-in, don’t be discouraged. Instead of quitting, recommit.
Your opportunity to look and feel your best is embedded in the present moment. Begin today.