Quick tips on how to set yourself up for weight loss success…

Use Your Body: Use your body weight as resistance equipment while keeping all the bulk in your wallet. There are a variety of at home exercises you can perform that leverage your own body weight, including sit ups, push-ups, walking lunges, squats and triceps dips. Now, don’t be intimidated by any of these as they can all be modified to meet your fitness level. That is the other savings aspect of them, they all have beginner, intermediate and advanced stages that don’t need additional costly pieces. Mix up the exercises and/or the set/reps every few days to keep your body challenged and don’t forget to have fun – play your favorite workout songs, vary the location you complete them or involve other family members.

Moderate: Trying to lose weight can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be and shouldn’t be. Focus on your behaviors with the main “eating principle” revolving around “anything in moderation.” Allowing yourself to feel free and not restricted can help alleviate associated weight loss stress and help you be more successful. It also helps you focus your efforts on long-term behavioral changes that can help you live a long and healthy life at the weight you want to be.

Don’t Chew Off More Than You Can Handle: Weight loss doesn’t have to be restricting and shouldn’t be hard or something you dread. Write a list of ten different behaviors you want to change that can help you lose weight. For instance, stop eating as soon as I feel full, drink eight to 12 glasses of water a day, walk ten to 20 minutes a day (substitute for a cab or bus ride or drive to the corner store), eating what you want and what tastes good, etc. Once you have your list, order it by which one you want to work on first and try to achieve that goal every day for three weeks. Once you have mastered that, keep it up and add another item to your daily routine. So if you mastered drinking eight to 12 glasses of water a day for three weeks, you might then add walking ten to 20 minutes a day into your routine. Weight yourself once a week or month or maybe not for a few months to see how your behaviors affect your weight.

Read more on “The Heavy Price of Losing Weight” from U.S. News writer Geoff Williams.

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