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Healthy weight loss involves focusing on a number of things besides just the numbers on the scale. You want to be sure that you are losing weight by eating healthy foods and changing the way you eat and creating healthy eating habits for life. These things will help you keep the weight off. In addition to looking at the numbers on the scale, you want to keep track of your body fat percentage, your BMI, your muscle to fat ratio and your waist circumference, to name but a few.
You need to think about weight loss as not just a means to getting thinner, but a way to get healthier too. Look at weight as one part of the total picture. Eating healthier foods will not only help you lose weight, but it will help you look and feel better and have more energy too. So many health problems are related to obesity and lifestyle choices. Maintaining a healthy weight will lower your risk for many health problems.
Unfortunately, there are no miracle cures for losing weight the healthy way. However, there are some modern aids that you can use along with the help of your doctor that might help ease you into a healthier lifestyle. However, the most important thing you need to do is be sure you start to incorporate a healthy diet as well as exercise into your daily regimen.
You'll want to steer clear of fad diets and commit to a healthy weight loss program that includes lifestyle changes. If you cannot stick to a weight loss program for at least a month, it is probably not going to work for you. You have to be able to commit if you truly want results. Losing weight is going to be a lot harder than just popping some diet pills or eating only grapefruit, soup or other such extremely limited menus, but when you find a program you like and can stick with, I think you will find that when you do lose weight, it will stay off. The weight loss plan I personally use is Weight Watchers but there are many others. For some people Weight Watchers is the slow way to lose weight, taking off less than two pounds a week on average. I like having weekly meetings where I work and the support.
When you are first trying to lose weight, the first thing you need to do is learn about nutrition, what kinds of food should you be eating? Cut out the junk food and try to stick to fruits and vegetables as well as whole grains. Don't fill up on empty calories. You don't have to cut out foods cold turkey; you can implement healthier foods a little bit at a time. You want to develop good habits you can stick with.
Start with your breakfast - what do you usually eat? If the answer is a doughnut or some sugary prepared cereal, try switching to all bran cereal with some fruit or, perhaps a fruit smoothie and whole wheat toast with natural peanut butter.
Once you have this routine down, you can move on to examining what you eat for lunch and try substituting healthier choices. Learn to read labels and control your portions. Food labels can be misleading. Are the portion sizes realistic, many times they are half of what you would think? Are there really 7 servings in that frozen pizza or 2 servings in that can of chili? Seriously, who cuts a pizza into 7 slices? Thats not even and even number.
How many grams of fat? Try to keep the fat in the single digits. Switch to low or non-fat in dairy and other products. Switch to turkey based products. Eat more vegetables and watch the energy density of what you are eating to stay fuller longer.
At the same time, you want to implement a steady exercise routine. You don't have to go all out and become a marathon runner, simply add some exercise to your day. This may mean setting aside 20 minutes three or four times a week to go for walks, taking the stairs instead of the elevator at work, or parking far away so that you have to walk further to get to your destination.
The key to a successful exercise program is to do something that you really enjoy doing; that way you'll stick to it and, perhaps, even look forward to doing it every day.
Think about your new healthy weight loss program as a program that you have a stick to the rest of your life and make small but permanent changes. Eventually these changes will turn into habits and soon you'll forget you're old unhealthy ways and enjoy your new healthy lifestyle.