Successful Weight Loss Requires A Plan of Action

Weight loss is a challenge no matter what time of year it is, but there are tips to use that will help you stay on track. Make a plan of action following these tips and you’ll see success!

Use a diary (free printout in this link) to track your food and exercise output.  You can use nutrition books or apps to help you track calories if you feel that doing so will help keep you accountable.  I use a digital food scale to help me store pre-weighted bags of protein and complex carbs such as quinoa, farrow, sweet potatoes and brown rice.  This helps me put together a quick lunch or dinner.

Ask your friends and family for their support. This will increase your chance of success with your weight loss goal.

If you’ve reached a plateau with your weight loss and logical efforts don’t make a difference, go to see your doctor or health care provider.  Medical conditions like an underactive thyroid can create weight problems that can be solved with medication.

Get a decent 6-7 hours of sleep.  Well rested athletes perform better, but a disruption in sleep patterns can be a symptom of over-training or stress.

Manage your daily stress through relaxation techniques like yoga, tai-chi, journaling, deep breathing and massage.  The stress hormone, cortisol, can lead to belly and back fat as well as memory issues when it is elevated chronically.

Ditch the soda! sites studies showing a correlation between a person’s consumption of diet soda and their risk for becoming overweight.  The researchers believe that the artificial sweetners in diet sodas overwhelm your tastebuds, causing natural foods to taste bland.

Use mobile apps to track your progress or products like Fit-Bit that documents your daily steps, cardio output and calories.  You will be able to download and chart your progress.

Weight loss is not easy but it will leave you feeling more energized and able to manage your long-term health.

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