Okay, here’s the flat-out fact: There’s no easy way to drop weight and get healthy. It’s about hard work in the kitchen and in the gym. All of those TV commercials promising you a fast way to lose weight are nothing but empty promises. I realize for some people that’s not always easy to hear, that there’s no quick fix, but that’s the truth. Think of it this way, anything worth doing takes hard work. That includes losing weight.
Every day, we are hearing about another new way to promote weight loss. This week, it’s been lower the temperature in your house. Come on, you’re just going to freeze your tail off and want your friend the Snuggie. Then there’s this supplement or that supplement that’s a “magic” pill to somehow make the pounds fall right off of you. I wish it was that easy, but if it was, wouldn’t everyone be thinner and on the pills?
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that there is anything wrong with adding certain supplements to your diet, but just don’t think they are going to do all the work for you. You need to watch your food intake and get your exercise time in. It’s all about balance and of course, calories in, calories out.
Believe me, I used to buy into all of those fast-fixes too, so it tends to get the best of us. But, once I started counting calories and working out 5-6 days a week, I learned that it was about hard work and mindset. Those two things are key in successful weight loss. You really do need to be ready to make the change for YOU. If you aren’t ready to do it, you won’t keep it up. Again, all about mindset. If you are mentally ready and willing to work hard, you are starting off on the right foot.
Another big thing is having a support system. Whether it be your family and close friends or an online community, this is a crucial part of being successful. It’s great if you have it at home, but if you don’t, join a weight-loss community online, or facebook group. There are so many groups and clubs on the internet, you just need to find one that you like and are comfortable with. Then, you will make friends with like-minded people also working to achieve their goals.
Finally, understand that a healthy lifestyle is something you are adopting and not a temporary solution. Once you lose the weight, you will have to continue a similar way of life to maintain your hard work. You won’t necessarily have to work out as hard intensity-wise or as many days, but you cannot go back to a non-fitness life. Find a sport or activity you love and keep doing it. And, once you’ve gotten into eating better, you will feel better and more than likely not want to eat like you used to. There’s nothing wrong with a cheat meal or day on occasion of course!
I would love to offer any support or advice for anyone currently working on losing weight or starting a healthier lifestyle. Note, I’m not a health professional or certified in anything, but I’ve been there and do understand the hard times and bumps along the journey. Feel free to post any comments, or your thoughts. If you want to talk to me outside of the blog, feel free to drop me an email!