Top Ten healthy habits to develop For weight management.
- Do make a lifestyle change. Weight management is a journey, not a destination. Work on small sensible changes that you can sustain for a lifetime.
- Do reach out for support. The road to health and well being is tough to go alone. Ask for support from your family members and friends and also from other support groups such as TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), 12 step support groups, like Overeaters anonymous and other support groups that are available to help.
- Do set realistic goals. Trying to set goals that are not very realistic are overwhelming and won’t get you where you need to be. Instead try foucsing on small changes that you can make and keep for good.
- Journal everything you eat. Research shows that those who write down everything they eat lose twice as much weight as those who don’t. Arm yourself with a journal and remember “if you bite it write it”. This is something I still am working on and struggle with but I know it is a good practice to have.
- Do Get and stay moving. This doesn’t mean you have to go out and run a marathon or even a mile. Focus on activities you enjoy and vow to move a little each day. For instance I am now working on a walking program from Leslie Sansone.
called walk it off in 30 days. where you do a 30 min walking video for 30 days which also has some strength training into the program too. ” I love her videos because you can do these no matter where you are in your fitness level and progress and even modify it to your levels. You do not feel like you have beat yourself silly and out of breath to where you can hardly breathe and still feel like you have had a good workout. Here is a preview of one of the workouts that is in this package.
For more info or videos to use with Leslie Sansone check out YouTube and search for Leslie Sansone videos. That is how I found my first one and got introduced to her workouts.
6. Do plan ahead. A plan is what keeps you from getting caught empty-handed when faced with temptation. Keep healthy snacks on hand, plan to include physical activity every day. Plan to find a support group or a weight loss group that fits your schedule. I go to a weekly TOPS meeting every Tuesday evening where I have volunteered to be co-leader and secretary for my group. For more info on TOPS please visit their website at TOPS.org
7.Do focus on health. Seeing the numbers on the scale go down is exciting for sure. But, it should not be your only goal or motivation. Instead focus more on how you feel, how much energy you have, and how much better your clothes fit. I learned in another weight loss program I was in a while back that there are lots of things in our bodies that go on that we are not aware of that can have impacts on the number on the scale. For instance, if you are sick with a cold, you can gain a little bit of weight just through what your body is going through. Stress is also a factor in your weight loss. So the point is do not get upset about small numbers on the scale.. the scale is just a piece of metal with a number on it. It does not measure who you are and how you feel inside about your self. That comes from within.
8. Do monitor portions. There are no good or bad foods. All foods fit in moderation. Check the nutritional labels, measure out servings and monitor calories per servings.
9. Do celebrate success. Celebrate your success wheather you have walked your fist mile around the block or 5 miles without stopping, or your first 5k race. Successes big and small are what keeps you going and gives you the oomph you need to do it.
10.Do it for YOU! family and friends may influence your decision to make a change, but ultimately this is for you! Do it for you. This is YOUR journey!!
I hope this artilcle has been of help to you it has been for me. I hope you enjoy reading this and come back later for more helpful tips and tricks.
Thanks for reading.