Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Weight Loss- Motivation, Drinking and Eating

So, you think you are ready to lose weight but you have some questions or issues that you need to address? The following may help you in your quest. Don't forget that everyone is different in their approach, goals and motivation:

Get Motivated and Lose Weight!

A number of people decide to lose those extra pounds once and for all each year. We all enjoy reading about weight-loss success stories, especially if the person has lost a great deal of weight. How do these weight-loss success stories come about? The answer lies in motivation. It is not enough to get motivated to lose weight, we must be able to stay motivated in order to reach the goal of permanent weight loss.

Drink Water

Make an effort to drink eight glasses of water per day. It is important to your health to stay well hydrated, whether you are trying to lose weight or not. If you are trying to lose weight, try to drink a glass of water 15 or 20 minutes before each meal. You will find that it takes less food to make you feel "full".

Eat Regularly

Skipping meals may seem like a good idea when trying to lose weight. If you resort to this strategy, you are more likely to eat a larger meal later in the day to make up for it. Skipping meals also lowers your blood sugar, making you crave sweets. Instead, eat smaller meals more often to keep your blood sugar at a constant level.

Specific Time Limit

By giving yourself a time limit to achieve your goals, you are keeping yourself motivated to take action now. It's not enough to want to lose weight "someday". Instead, tell yourself that you want to lose "X" number of pounds in "X" weeks. Now you have a time frame you can work within.
Take the time to consider your goal of wanting to lose weight. Make it as specific as possible, and then plan out step-by-step what you need to do to reach your goal. You will be more likely to stay the course in the long run.