How can I lose weight or maintain my weight?
Whether you are losing weight for health reasons, looking for a new way to lose weight as you age, just had a baby or you simply feel uncomfortable with your body, it can be stressful to come up with a weight loss plan and stick to it.
Losing weight depends on one thing---YOU! A weight loss plan needs to be about your schedule, your goals and what you enjoy. Losing weight naturally requires you to kick your old bad habits to the curb and find new healthy habits you can sustain the rest of your life.
According to Jessica Moosbrugger, OrthoIndy clinical nutrition manager and dietitian, “Losing one to two pounds per week is healthy and safe for the average person. However, ask your doctor or dietitian for advice on how to find a diet that meets your needs and weight loss goals. Based on your weight and health, they can recommend a healthy and realistic plan to follow.”
How to eat healthy and lose weight
Eating healthy to lose weight is all about finding nutritious foods you enjoy that you can include in your diet for the rest of your life.
There are a lot of diet plans out there that might work for you such as paleo or keto diets, but eating healthy comes down to reducing your calories and including healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean meats, seafood, beans and nuts in your meals.
Try to cut as much processed foods from your diet and look for whole foods instead. This doesn’t mean cutting everything you enjoy from your diet, it’s about balance.
Although there are a million weight loss plans that promise to have you shedding pounds while you sleep, the reality is that if you want to lose weight, it will take time, just like it took time to put the weight on.
The sooner you take the pressure off of losing a bunch of weight in a short amount of time, the sooner you’ll feel less overwhelmed with creating a weight loss plan that you can sustain.
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How to exercise to lose weight
If you want to lose weight, try to do at least 200 minutes (more than three hours) a week of moderate intensity exercise. However, If you’re new to the exercise bandwagon start with 50 minutes of exercise a week and work up to 200.
Exercising to lose weight, just like eating healthy to lose weight really only comes down to finding something healthy you enjoy and will continue to do. Just like with eating healthy, you’ll want to start small and try new activities that will help you stay active.
If you don’t enjoy running, don’t do it. Find something that you look forward to doing after a long or busy day. Maybe that’s a cycle class, an at-home workout, a long walk with a friend or a yoga class. The important thing is that you are moving and physically using your body.
In the end, losing weight comes down to being mentally healthy, exercising and being mindful of the foods you are putting in your body.
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