How I lost weight?
Small steps, small results; big steps big results: You can lose weight by either getting aggressive and doing everything right from the beginning or starting slow. Both of them work - the difference is one takes much longer than the other. I started slow and saw too slow results, so I switched to the Oprah weight loss program. I followed the Get in the Program approach by Bob Greene and modified it to suit my personal needs. I saw results quickly and it motivated me to keep going.
Keep it simple: I tried too many diets - some more complex than others, from macrobiotic to Weight Watchers. All diets work, if you follow them, but I abandoned them for many reasons, including lack of time, money, and willpower. I learned that the simpler I kept it, the better it worked for me. For example, buying prepared diet foods works, but it is not a healthy, sustainable approach, and it is very expensive. Preparing simple foods at home is much better for me. I do not like to mix and match foods from a diet or count points. I would rather make healthier decisions at the supermarket. My plate has to have vegetables covering half the plate, proteins covering one quarter and the rest can be rice, potatoes, or bread. As long as you follow this simple guideline at each meal, you are ensuring that you are eating a balanced, nutritious meal. Keep already washed salad veggies and cooked chicken in your refrigerator. That way, if you do not have time, you can always have salad and healthy sandwich. Similarly, make soups and freeze them. Get creative with cooking and your meals, and not only will you enjoy what you eat, you will eat healthier.
Do not make radical changes: Diets that convince you that certain foods are bad for you tend to be too rigid for most people. You can have everything in moderation once in awhile. The more radical the diet is, the more difficult it is to stick to it long-term. Losing weight is not a one-time activity – it has to be a complete change in your relationship with food. So if you eat in a way that you are satisfied, you will likely stick to it longer.
Workout: I have lost weight only with dieting, but eating healthy and working-out are a winning combination. Cardio, weights and dance are in my routine and my body is now firmer. You do not have to go crazy - even 30 minutes of physical exercise 5 days a week gives good results
Manage your time: If you do not have time to go to the gym, take a few personal training lessons, buy some exercise equipment, and do it at home. But do it.
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