Thank you to freelance writer Eric Kelly for contributing this article.
You’ve looked in the mirror and have noticed that you’re not as fit as you used to be. Not only have you gained weight, but you’re starting to feel it. The good news is that it’s never too late to turn back the scales and start living a healthier life. Now that you’ve recognized the problem, you can start working toward a solution. Here are four weight loss tips to help get you started losing weight today so that you can live a healthier life tomorrow.
- Create a Routine
After deciding to take action, your first impulse might be to head to the gym and hop on the treadmill for 30 minutes. While exercise is a vital part of getting in shape, the first thing you should do is create a weekly schedule for you to follow. This routine will provide you with structure as you set about losing weight. Your routine will cover not only your exercises but also your diet and sleeping habits. One of the keys to successful weight loss is regularity. The more stable your weekly schedule, the more likely you’ll start seeing results whenever you step on the scale.
- Start Eating In
It isn’t a secret that “eating right” is an important factor when losing weight; however, there are a lot of different opinions on exactly what “eating right” means. There are many books about different diets you can try and how they can shed weight off your body in the blink of an eye. While these diets have a wide variety of approaches to eating right, 99 percent of them will recommend that you cook your own meals. Weight loss begins in your own kitchen, and by taking control over what you eat, you give yourself a better chance of finding the right diet. Eating healthy doesn’t have to cost a lot, either. For example, check out delicious recipes at plantbasedonabudget.com.
- Set Fitness Goals
Regular exercise is essential to losing weight, and just like with dieting, there are a number of approaches you can take. The best advice for efficiently losing weight is to create goals before you run your first mile or pick up a weight. Setting goals will give you a direction to take your workout, which will make it easier to lose weight. Setting smart goals that push you to the next level in your workout regimen will motivate you to keep pushing, and keep you dedicated to your routine. When it comes to exercise, it’s not about where you do it, but just simply doing it.With the right goals, you don’t need to shell out for expensive gym memberships. With a couple of free weights, kettlebells, a yoga mat, and a Swiss ball (retail for under $15), you can go about your exercise routine from your own home. If you have the funds, you may want to build out a home gym in a spare room, garage, or basement. This may require you to install some new flooring or add some shelving or additional outlets. In Tampa, you can hire a handyman for this work, but it’ll typically run you between $161 and $628.
- Make Small Changes
Beyond diet and exercise, the best way to jump-start your weight loss is by paying attention to the little details of your life. If you want to change how you look and feel, you need to change more than what you eat and how much you sweat. You need to make lifestyle changes. Consider the reasons why you gained weight in the first place. Sure, it may have just been eating too much, but why did you eat too much? Sometimes the answers to these questions are the best way to assess your current lifestyle and the changes you need to make to help get your physical fitness back on track. The most important thing to remember when losing weight is to be patient. As you go about making changes to your diet, exercise, and overall lifestyle, you will hit a few bumps along the way. But, if you stay the course, you’ll begin to notice positive results and start looking and feeling better.
Eric Kelly writes about life as a single dad at mydadventures.com.
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