How do i get started losing weight?

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Answered by: Sarah, An Expert in the Weight Loss - General Category
Want to get started losing weight? Easier said than done. When starting any weight loss journey you have to think about why you want to lose weight in the first place. Ask yourself "Am I doing this for me?"

Losing weight is 100% mental. Your head has to be in it to actually reap the benefits of weight loss. Weight loss is hard and requires determination and consistency. So start with small changes so you don't overwhelm yourself with the process.

Slowly change your eating habits

Weight loss is 80% nutrition and 20% fitness. Clean eating is key to getting started losing weight. Think of it as a life style change. And in changing your life style you have to work hard and be committed. To lose pounds you have to have a calorie deficit. Cutting about 3,500 calories a week can result in a lb a week lost.

Eat five to seven servings of fruits and veggies a day is important. Those who eat solely a produced based diet will lose more weight and be able to maintain it longer. Fruits and vegetables are filling, low calorie, and packed full of fiber.

Eating breakfast is also an important part in weight loss. Having a healthy breakfast will give you the energy you need to get through the day and stay on track. Have healthy snacks available to make sure you don't go for the quick unhealthy junk food.

Drink a lot of water to stay hydrated. When you drink water before a meal you will feel fuller and eat less. Water can aid in curving your cravings for sweets and junk food.

Staying active

Getting in a 10-20 minute walk every day is a good way to start or end the day. For those who are just starting out, walking is a great form of exercise. Push yourself to get out of your comfort zone. Try something new like joining a Zumba or yoga class.

Also working out with a friend can be beneficial. Having someone to push you to is great motivation to keep going. Exercise can boost your self-esteem and make you feel more energized. People who work out tend to be in a better mood then those who don't.

After becoming more confident in exercising, consider weight lifting and strength training. With more muscle, your body will burn more fat even when at rest.

Keeping track of your progress by taking pictures is a great way to motivate yourself to stay committed.

Joining support groups is another great form of accountability. You can meet people who are on the same journey as you. Having people who are going through the same process is very encouraging. You are not the only one in the world trying to lose weight.

The only way to truly lose weight is to be consistent. But if you do fall of track don't fret. One bad choice is not the end. You can get back on track.

Every day is a choice to do better. Losing weight is possible with hard work and determination.

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