Statistics show that two out of three Americans say they are on a diet to improve their health, yet only twenty percent of people achieve successful weight loss and maintenance. Dieting is a skill, like playing a musical instrument, which requires practice and instruction. You are going to hit some wrong notes and feel frustrated, but eventually you will succeed and it will get easier.
Almost everyone underestimates the number of calories they eat per day. Write down everything you eat, including all drinks, and all small bites and tastes. This will make you aware of everything that goes in your mouth. Pay attention to serving sizes, measure everything to keep serving sizes reasonable. Food eaten out of the house tends to be larger portions and higher in calories. Try looking up nutrition information of your favorite take out places or restaurants. Don’t overestimate your daily activity or calories burned. This will help your weight loss.
Try to increase activity throughout the day, get thirty minutes of moderate or vigorous exercise at least three days a week. Buy a pedometer and track your steps, try to increase them daily. But remember, exercise is not an excuse to eat more. Eat breakfast everyday within an hour of waking up, then eat a small healthy meal or snack every three to four hours. Your body needs this steady stream of glucose all day to prevent your metabolism from slowing down. Good health practices are more than just learned, they become a regular habit and way of life. And in turn you weigh less and live longer.
What we are talking about here is developing healthy habits which is easier said than done.
We are all interested in healthy living not only in our eating habits but in all phases of our life, and we do want to make positive changes. But many of us are struggling to make lasting changes and are feeling frustrated with our current life situation, and just need that little bit of guidance to get on the path to a happier, healthier way of living. If you are interested in healthy eating, moving freely, living mindfully, and breaking through the barriers that are holding you back read on.
A quick warning: it’s probably not for you if you’re just looking quick fix to solve everything. It’s going to take a little work and perseverance, but it’s all worth it in the end!