Tuesday, September 16, 2008

How to keep your weight perfect.

No matter what kind of diet you have tried in the past, if you are reading this you probably did not have much success. I went from diet to diet for years. I spent a whole lot of money to lose weight and gain it right back. The reason fad diets never work is because in one way or another, you are trying to cheat your way to losing weight. Cheaters never prosper and weight loss is no exception.

It would be wonderful to find a magic pill that that would allow you to skip exercising and eat whatever you want without the consequences of looking out of shape and being unhealthy. Unfortunately, that will never happen. Fad diets will come and go as long as people are willing to cheat, they will keep you on an emotional roller coaster regarding your weight.

Losing weight requires will power and the proper mindset. You cannot deny it. Even when you start a diet that promises you that you can eat all of the protein you want, you still have to give up something and it gets rough. The best way to lose weight for good is to change your lifestyle. Either way you will have to make sacrifices, so why not make them work to your advantage instead of the other way around?

I lost 70 pounds in 4 months and have kept it off for over 15 years, and I did it without spending extra money and time. It all came down to following 3 simple steps. If you have been struggling with your weight like I did, keep reading!

Weight Loss Step #1: Meal Replacement
What if there was a scientifically engineered food that existed that gave you all of the nutrition of a 2,000 calorie meal, but it only had 180 calories? Your body would get all the proper vitamins it needs to become healthy without eating a ton of food. Sounds just like those fad diets I mentioned earlier that tries to cheat your way to lose weight, right? Well, guess again. That meal exists and that is what I used.

Not only did I replace one meal a day with this product, but it only cost $1.60 every time I did it! I actually saved money because I wasn't buying a meal somewhere else. The best part about it is that it conditioned me to begin making it a routine that has served me well as a lifestyle change. I don't even think about losing or gaining weight anymore.

Weight Loss Step #2: Snack Substitution
Much of your overeating may be unintentional, as you can eat foods with hidden sugar and oils put there to stimulate your taste buds. You cannot completely avoid sugar and fat. Both of these are present in fruits and vegetables in small amounts, but you can substitute healthy fruits and vegetables for processed snack foods that have unnecessarily large amounts of added sugar and oil.

It all boils down to being sensible. You don't want to starve yourself all day long, thinking the less you eat the more weight you will lose. What happens next is you will binge on bad foods because you are starving yourself. When you snack all day on healthy foods, like apples, carrots and soy nuts, you keep your energy up and your stomach content. Healthy addictions like this allow people to live a lifestyle without worrying about fluctuating weight.

Weight Loss Step #3: Move Your Body
Think about the things you used to do as a kid that are now luxuries. Getting up from the sofa to change the tv channel, rolling down your car window manually, riding your bike to the post off to mail a letter. All of these things got you moving and burning calories without it ever feeling like work. Having a sedentary lifestyle is a major component of weight gain and obesity. If going to the gym feels too much like work to you, get back to the basics.

You can certainly lose weight without exercising, but in order to have the best chance at keeping a healthy lifestyle, you have to start moving more. If you live near the places where you usually do errands, walk or ride a bike to get them done instead of driving your car everywhere. And by all means get up from behind the computer. Do not let the luxuries of technology rob you of your health by making your life too easy.

If you begin to follow the three simple steps listed above, you will begin to reach your targeted weight and never have to worry about being overweight or unhealthy again. My meal replacement came with a personal weight loss coach, and because I understood the value of support, I now have the pleasure and privilege of helping others lose weight and become healthy. You too can reach your goals just as I did. All that is required is the want, need and desire for you to make small changes in your lifestyle.

Bill Winch is a Personal Wellness Coach whose mission is teaching and coaching others who are struggling with getting healthy, losing weight safely and keeping it off for good. He is also a Certified Business Growth Specialist, former High School and College Business Educator and Counselor, and mentors from his home office in Rochester, NY. If you are interested in receiving his Free Report "9 Weight Loss Myths Exposed" visit his website by clicking on FREE REPORT or by calling him directly at (585) 271-3767 for a free wellness consultation.

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