May 252013

Most likely the hardest part of achieving your weight loss goals is not the diet, it is being sure to get enough exercise. Almost everyone is already scheduled from dawn to dusk and there just does not seem to be any spare hours in the day to set aside for exercise. This is especially true for those who join a gym because now the travel time has to be factored in as well. For those folks, an hour workout can easily take two hours or more out of their day. Really, the temptation to skip, or not exercise at all, can be impossible to resist. And once you skip the first time, the second time becomes that much easier to the point where your plan is in tatters and no weight has been lost. Or even worse, it has been lost and regained!

But it does not need to be this way. To me, the biggest “secret” to losing weight is to do effective pre-planning and be realistic in setting your goals and your time commitment as well. In other words, if you haven’t really exercised since high school it probably isn’t rational to think you are suddenly become an exercise fiend and spend an hour or more in the gym every day. Not only will your body rebel in protest, your daily schedule, most likely, doesn’t have two hours of un-allocated time to begin with. I think it is far better to set realistic goals and benchmarks before you begin and increase the goals once they are met.

A good first step, indeed critical, is to decide what you want to accomplish. If achieving predetermined weight loss goals is your primary goal, that can be done through diet choices without also embarking on a dedicated exercise program. Weight loss without exercise can be done, it will just take much longer. But even without a dedicated program, it is very easy to get additional exercise in the day by doing simple things like walking up and down a flight or two of stairs instead of taking the elevator or escalator. You can also park at the back of the lot at work, or when you go to the store. Besides adding additional steps in your day, it also reduces stress levels because you can always find a parking space! I also recommend picking up a pedometer (under $20) and keeping it with you to discover how much walking you do in a normal day and how easy it is to increase your activity level. Any diet program will show better results more quickly when used with at least some additional exercise.

By taking time to plan your strategies in the beginning, before beginning your weight loss program you are planning for success and minimizing the chances for failure.

Another part of your pre-planning process to meet your weight loss goals should be building a healthy eating plan as well. There is a lot of conflicting advice and it is easy to be confused. My advice is to avoid any product that makes claims that are too good to be true. There is no magic bullet in losing weight, it took a long time to put the weight on and it will take time to get it off. The trick is to do this in a manner that doesn’t wreck your health in the process and leave you with more problems than you started with. Include healthy smoothies in your eating plan, and by adding Chia seed to add a lot more nutritional value including the much needed omega 3 fatty acids. Making sure we get the vitamins and minerals we need while we are working to meet our weight loss goals is very important, so be sure to include healthy natural foods in your daily routine.

Set Realistic Weight Loss Goals

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