Small Steps Weight Loss
Take small steps to weight loss – you may think that weight loss and getting fit requires lots of sweat, grueling exercise and a strict diet.
If you need to lose a lot of weight or get in shape really fast, taking extreme measures is an option. However, if you know you need to make changes and find it difficult to stick to a strict regimen, you can make small changes over time, that add up to big results.
Simply making a few small changes over the course of a few months or a year can help you lose a lot of weight without feeling hungry, or deprived of your favorite foods. Just be sure you eat in moderation.
The video below has some great tips to help you focus on small steps on your way to losing unwanted body fat. Be sure to watch it now.
Changes in Your Eating Habits
Many people have made small changes in their eating habits and reaped big rewards. If you drop one unhealthy eating habit each month, by the end of a year you will have made significant improvement in your eating habits, and will see results in your weight.
Losing just one pound per month because of these changes, will result in twelve pounds lost per year without much effort.
Some people decide to completely eliminate sugar from their diet. If you’re struggling to stick to something so strict, try giving up one of your favorite snacks. Most people have several snacks they like and indulge in, like cookies and chips, or ice cream and candy bars. Try substituting a healthy snack for one of those the first month.
Maybe you’ll give up chips the first month. Then you can give up cookies the next month. Don’t deprive yourself, you can still enjoy your snacks once in awhile. The key is to give them up in your daily or weekly eating habits.
Cut Back Carbs
Are you addicted to carbs? Trying giving up a high carb dish the first month, something like potatoes or a pasta dish. You probably can’t give them up completely at first, but if you’re used to having carbs with every meal, start giving them up in at least one meal per day.
Small changes like this add up over time, and it helps you stick with them when they are small, as opposed to trying to change your whole diet at once.
If that’s added to an exercise routine or moderately increasing the exercises in your current program, it would make a big difference in your appearance by the end of the year.
Make Small Changes in Your Exercise Routine
If you don’t have a daily exercise routine, this is a great time to start. Simply doing five minutes a day is better than what you’re doing now. Over time that will add up.
Over the next twelve months you can add five minutes per month to that. If you’re in poor physical health, this is a very easy way to increase your strength and stamina.
In fact, you may be able to add those five minutes every two weeks as you improve, but for now, just set a goal of five minutes per day for the first month and adding five minutes to that each month.
Within six months you could be exercising for thirty minutes per day, which is the standard amount doctors and fitness experts recommend. By the end of a year, you could double that or you can stay at thirty minutes.
The point is to start doing something and increase your time slowly. This will make big changes in your physical health, endurance and stamina, plus it will also help you lose a few pounds without having to jump into an extreme fitness regimen.
Make Small Mindset Changes
Mindset is one of the key factors in anything you do, but it’s especially important in taking small steps to weight loss and fitness.
You can’t expect to change your whole way of thinking overnight, but you can start changing small things about the way you think and approach better health.
For example, instead of telling yourself you have to get through a grueling half hour workout today, simply tell yourself you only need to do five minutes, and then go do it.
Chances are, at the end of that five minutes endorphins will start to kick in and you’ll want to keep going. If not, then at least you’ve done five minutes and that’s better than sitting on the couch.
Another example is to tell yourself that snacking on fresh fruit is just as enjoyable as snacking on chips or candy. There will be times when you do choose the unhealthy snacks over a piece of fruit, but the more you tell yourself you can enjoy the better choice, the more you’ll stick with it.
You do not need (or want) to tell yourself that you have to make all of these life changes at once. Start with small things and over time you will work into bigger things and your mindset will slowly change without as much struggle.
Stay on Track
Even making small changes can often seem like a major struggle. Studies have proven that the best way to make progress with any thing is to keep a record of your efforts. This is especially true when it comes to weight loss and fitness.
People who track their eating habits and exercise habits get better results than those who don’t.
By keeping track you are more aware of your food intake and calorie output during exercise. By being aware, you know where you need to make changes. If you splurge and have a treat one day, you’ll know to make better choices next week. You might even add a few minutes to your daily exercise routine to compensate for the extra calories consumed.
Bottom Line – Small Steps Weight Loss
Small Steps Weight Loss – Losing weight and getting fit can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Decide you’re going to make small changes over the next year instead of trying to change your whole lifestyle and eating habits overnight. This may not be the fast track to losing weight, but those small changes do add up and won’t leave you feeling so deprived. The fast track weight loss never lasts anyway. It’s just a temporary fix, an illusion.