Wait a minute, where the heck did that bulge come from? I don’t recall that being here…. This was precisely the thought that entered my mind a few months ago as I was sitting on the floor playing with my son. Weight or more specifically weight gain can be so annoying, not to mention depressing, frustrating, embarrassing, well, you get the idea. Once you’ve realized you’ve gained a few pounds all you want to do is lose weight fast and get healthy!
Unless you’re one of those lucky individuals who has an incredibly fast metabolism, you’ve likely struggled with some form of weight gain. With the countless number of diets and exercises available, it is overwhelming to determine which approach is right for you. That is why I will share my proven approach on how to lose weight fast and get healthy.
Am I a certified trainer or nutritionist? Nope, just a mom who has managed to pack on the pounds and then shed some too. My approach to losing weight does not involve a magic pill (though wouldn’t that be nice?). Honestly, it’s a hearty dose of common sense tossed in with hard work, dedication and making smart choices more often than not.
Three Simple Steps to Get Healthy and Lose Weight Fast
Step #1: Burn more calories than you consume. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, it’s not otherwise we wouldn’t have a multi-million dollar weight loss industry and about 165,000 people in the U.S. searching for “how to lose weight fast” each month. In order to know how many calories you consume, I recommend investing in a kitchen scale (like those found here). I know measuring your food sounds incredibly time consuming, but I assure you it is the best way to get an accurate measurement of the calories you eat on a daily basis. It is important to know what’s going in your mouth in order for you to get the weight off from your hips, thighs, etc. Then record your calorie consumption in a food diary.
Step #2: Exercise. Simply put, get moving. To burn calories you have to be active. Plus, being active is part of getting healthy. This does not mean you have to take a kickboxing or spinning class, though I highly recommend both. It simply means you have to engage in some form of physical activity on a regular basis. Mix it up. Try new things to keep yourself interested. If you belong to a gym, set a goal to try each of the classes. If you workout at home, visit your local thrift shop for workout DVDs or search for free workout videos online. YouTube is a great starting point.
Step #3: Wear a heart rate monitor. As I mentioned in Step #1, you have to burn more calories than you take in, but how do you know how many calories you burn? The answer is wear a heart rate monitor (like those found here). A heart rate monitor will help you gauge approximately how many calories you are burning when you are active. Wear the monitor when you are working out at the gym, gardening, doing laundry, basically anytime your heart rate is elevated and you want to record your calories. Frankly you can wear it all day long, but I have never done that. There are lots of websites that will tell you how many calories are burnt performing these tasks and more, but to obtain the most accurate measurement based on your specific heart rate, you need to wear a heart rate monitor.
That’s it! I guarantee you if you abide by these three simple tips you will learn how to lose weight fast and get healthy.
Before I leave you, please remember these parting comments:
*Splurges happen. One large overly indulgent meal is not going to hurt you, but several will. Do not let splurges derail you from your long term weight loss goal; just stay focused, remember how badly you want to get healthy, and try to get back on track as soon as you can.
*Weight fluctuates. Do not put too much emphasis on the number on the scale. There are many reasons your weight can fluctuate. I recommend putting more focus on how your clothes fit and how you feel. Getting healthy doesn’t just mean losing weight.
*Be your biggest cheerleader and not your hardest critic. So much about weight gain and weight loss is the internal dialogue we have with ourselves. Do not beat yourself up for not losing weight fast enough or working out as regularly as you should, instead focus on recognizing what you are doing right and keep doing those things. We are all doing the best we can and deserve a big pat on the back, consider this yours.
Best of luck in reaching your weight loss goals. Here’s to a happy and healthy you!
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