Here are some quick tips that should help improve your current weight loss efforts if you are not already carrying them out. On this website I will be going into detail for most of these tips.
Half the battle, if not more, is mental. Therefore exposing yourself to uplifting, inspiring, and motivating materials will help you stick it through until you reach your weight goal.
It follows then, being constantly exposed to negative, discouraging materials - and people - will have a negative effect. If your reference group is constantly negative, it will wear on you. True friends will encourage you, even if they have no desire or need to control their weight. Hang out with positive and encouraging people then.
You also need to have fitness goals. Do not be monitoring your eating or going to the gym without setting some short-term and long-term goals. A good long-term goal would be to reach a target weight, a good short-term goal would be to lose x amount of pounds this month. Goals keep you focused and focus helps with weight loss.
Your metabolism functions at a higher level when you are eating enough food. If you are eating too little, your body thinks it is starving and reduces your metabolism accordingly. Your body also leaches amino acids from your muscles to carry out tissue repair and other functions reducing your metabolism even further. Therefore starving yourself is not an effective method to lose weight.
Several reports indicate that aspartame has a negative thyroid effect, so try eliminating aspartame from your diet.
Our cellular and metabolic functions operate more efficiently in water, therefore drinking lots of water will help you burn fat.
It is important to track what you eat, this allows you to reference past behavior and determine any required changes.
At the same time, you need to know your basal metabolic rate and total daily energy expenditure so you can reference that value to how many calories you are eating. This allows you to know if you are in a deficit or are eating too much.
However keep in mind that losing weight is more than simply calories out greater than calories in. If that was all there was to it, the vast majority of us would have been slim years ago.
An effective weight loss plan needs to include sufficient physical activity to compel your body to burn more fat, as many people will tell you, cutting eating only goes so far before it works against you.
As I well know, doing lots of cardio training does become boring, however it has proven to be highly effective. Listening to upbeat music is extremely helpful; for me, classical music with battle themes was especially helpful (March of the Valkyries, anyone?). You know what works for you.
The ideal weight loss plan will cause you enough discomfort that indicates your body is responding by burning off additional fat but at the same time not enough discomfort that sticking to it is too mentally difficult. An admittedly hard balance to achieve, and it will be different for each individual.
To achieve a permanent weight loss result, you will have to make some permanent changes to your lifestyle. Simply going on a short-term diet or weight loss plan and then going back to what you were doing before will result in a temporary weight loss.
However this does not mean you stay on a diet or the same weight loss plan for the rest of your life. Remembering what I said about goals, I have several different plans. You really did not think I could stay on my six-week plan forever did you?
What this means is maintaining your weight is actually easier than losing it in the first place. I am now enjoying more of my favorite junk food (especially ice cream) before I started. Knowledge is power and my site has the resources to give you the power too.